It's 25 years since the Soviet Union pulled its troops out of Afghanistan. The US is due to remove most of its forces at the end of the year. So what have these and other Afghan campaigns taught us? It is now the 25th anniversary ofShow More Summary
(Photo: 1987, Soviet Air Force Tu-95 escorted by US Navy F-14A) In 1952, the Soviet Union flew its first Tu-95 "Bear"strategic bomber. This turboprop plane was designed to fly great distances (up to 10,000 miles) to drop nuclear weapons inside the United States. Show More Summary
NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.—Twenty-five years since Oliver North was convicted for his involvement in the Iran-Contra affair. Twenty-three years since the dissolution of the Soviet Union. And yet here he is, the ever-more grizzled “host of ‘War Stories’ with Oliver North,” standing between American flags and issuing warnings about the Russian bear.
1. Yes, Russia wants to annex the Crimea. Were we genuinely thinking something else? 2. No, there isn’t going to be another Cold War, whether Russia can afford it or not. Russia isn’t the Soviet Union, isn’t going to dominate eastern Europe, split Germany in half, and threaten the west. Show More Summary
I started reading this opinion piece in The Guardian by Seumas Milne but when I got to the paragraph (in bold) about the 'disastrous' break-up of the former Soviet Union I rather lost interest, I have to say. Because I could understand...Show More Summary
Issue One: Under Vladimir Putin, Russia's foreign policy objective is the return of post Soviet territories to the Soviet Union using Russian ethnic minorities. The driving force behind this strategy is the issuance of thousands of Russian...Show More Summary
The crisis in Ukraine is spinning slowly out of control. An aggressive Russia under the leadership of a man who once deemed the end of the Soviet Union "the greatest geopolitical tragedy of the 20th century" is pursuing a neo-SovietShow More Summary
MOSCOW (AP) — As a counterweight to the European Union, Russia's Vladimir Putin is pursuing an ambitious dream rooted in memories of Soviet glory: The Eurasian Union.
Chess grand master Garry Kasparov: If Obama was president in 1985, 'I would still be living in the Soviet Union.'Steve LarsonContributing Reporter Kasparov declared that previous American presidents had stood up to a stronger Russia....Show More Summary
Millman doesn’t see how Ukraine could have kept its nukes: Was it even plausible that Ukraine could have held on to an independent nuclear deterrent after the collapse of the Soviet Union? The answer is almost certainly, “no.” Indeed, it’s hard to imagine any action that would more greatly have imperiled the stabilization of the post-Soviet order […]
We've told you about a few 'ghost ships' in the recent past here on FEARNET, including the battle-damaged S.S. America and the former Soviet Union passenger liner known as Lyubov Orlova, which is currently swarming with cannibal rats. Show More Summary
(Video Link) In 1924 the Soviet Union was in its infancy, and the glorious leaders in charge used communist ideology and propaganda to keep the people going along with their master plan. One such tool for getting their message across...Show More Summary
Thomas Friedman offers a strategic take on how to deal with Putin and Crimea in The New York Times. Let’s start with Putin. Any man who actually believes, as Putin has said, that the breakup of the Soviet Union was “the greatest geopolitical catastrophe” of the 20th century is caught up in a dangerous fantasy [...]
The old Soviet Union had a variety of mainstays when they were confronted by the West. Putin's rambling press conference confirmed their salience today: Tactic 1: Tu Quoque. You, too. That is, create moral equivalencies between Soviet actions and American actions to try and remove moral suasion as a source of pressure. Show More Summary
International bodies are deliberating, talking heads are pontificating, politicians are politicizing, and only Vladimir Putin is taking action. The dissolution of the Soviet Union may have taken place in December 1991, but the Soviet style of action, negotiation, and bullying did not dissolve with the collapse of the USSR. Show More Summary
The Crimea is a “lost cause” and the West have “failed due to the lack of a (US) Marshall Plan” says a senior diplomat in London from a former Soviet Union country. The pro-western diplomat, who is from a country that is forced to designate itself pro-Russian, was scathing about the West’s behaviour after the fall of Communism. Show More Summary
ByKyle Spencer: Executive summary: Re-establishing Soviet era borders sans East Germany as a prelude to the formation of a Eurasian Union is Russia's strategic goal. Such an endeavor cannot succeed without Ukrainian infrastructure, natural...Show More Summary
Covering the UN today felt like time-travelling back to the days of the Cold War, when America and the Soviet Union used the Security Council not as a forum to resolve problems but as a platform to voice strong rhetoric. Lending theShow More Summary
Well, that's what this guy says Putin's "Eurasian Union" is ultimately about. I don't know if that's true-- it could be that Putin is just using that term ("Eurasian") and this other character uses it for his weird Soviet Nazi...
It's not surprising that the first animation to come out the newly formed Soviet Union was anti-capitalist propaganda, but 1924's Soviet Toys has particularly unnerving imagery, which includes a disappearing woman, a man with cameras for eyes, and a capitalist whose stomach is treated as piñata by the proletariat. Read more...