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Brexit Vote Jolts EU-Membership Hopes in Three Former Soviet States

Image: Brexit. Stock Photo. Pixabay.com British voters' decision to leave the European Union has reduced the chance that three countries in the former Soviet Union will be able to get out from under Russia's thumb. Without the support...Show More Summary

Pope travels to Armenia after genocide flap and new tensions

3 days agoReligion / Islam : On Faith

Pope Francis is making his first foray into the former Soviet Union with a weekend visit to Armenia, a year after he riled Turkey by declaring the Ottoman-era slaughter of Armenians genocide and amid fresh tensions with rival Azerbaijan.

75 Years Later: What the Past Teaches Us Today

On June 22, 1941, Adolf Hitler's Nazi army stormed through the Soviet Union in a surprise attack that should have been anything but a surprise. The blitzkrieg started in the middle of the night and set into motion a chain of events that would result in millions of people dead. Show More Summary

The Looming US War on Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s comparison of increasing US-led NATO aggression towards Russia to the attack by Nazi Germany on the Soviet Union is advisedly apt.

Some Insight Into the Sports-Doping Epidemic in the Former Soviet Union

Image: Olympics. Stock Photo. Pixabay.com Russia's use of state-sponsored doping to try to resurrect the glory of Soviet athletics has backfired, with its track and field athletes becoming the first entire team ever banned from the Olympics. But Russia isn't the only country in the region to go into overdrive on performance-enhancing drugs. Show More Summary

Brexit Diaries: 'Break-Up of Soviet Union Was Bad, So I'm Voting Remain'

For Natalia Rybtsova, a project manager and scientist at the Scottish Center for Regenerative Medicine (SCRM), staying in the EU is the only viable option.

Germany Vows to Always Remember Nazi Army Invasion of USSR

Nazi Germany and its satellites attacked the Soviet Union 75 years ago at 4:00 a.m., without any declaration of war, triggering the bloodiest conflict in history.

Kabul in 1979 and 2016: A Mother and Daughter Reflect on Change

4 days agoNews : Huffington Post

? In December 1979, the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan, beginning 36 years of continuous war and conflict. Here, 26-year-old writer Sparghai Basir Aryan compares her life in war-torn, oppressive Kabul with that of her mother, who lived peacefully and enjoyed wearing skirts and no headscarf, something unheard of today. Show More Summary

The strategic consequences of Brexit

If Britain votes to leave the EU on 23 June, it may well represent the greatest strategic shock to the continent since the breakup of the Soviet Union and consequent reunification of Germany a quarter century ago. The balance of power...Show More Summary

The Rosenbergs: Still Guilty After All These Years

On this date in 1953, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were put to death as atomic spies for the Soviet Union. They were most certainly guilty as we now know. But no amount of proof of their guilt will stop the...

The US puts its money on escalation against Russia, by Valentin Vasilescu

Pursuing its policy of occupation in Western and Central Europe, Washington multiplies alerts and warnings of “the Russian threat”. An intense PR campaign denounces the propaganda of the former Soviet Union while military experts decry the inequality of arms and the need to introduce a US “shield”. Show More Summary

Using Bread-and-Butter Issues to Try to Foment Political Change in the Former Soviet Union

Image: Map of the Former Soviet Union It hasn't been a good year for Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev. The country's petroleum-based economy continues to suffer from the low price of oil. Radical Islamists made international...Show More Summary

The Politics of War: Is Donald Trump Helping the Cause for Peace?

When the Berlin Wall fell, Warsaw Pact dissolved, and Soviet Union split apart, U.S. foreign policy became obsolete almost overnight. For a brief moment advocates of a quasi-imperial foreign policy seemed worried. For instance, NATOShow More Summary

Western Sanctions Marked Tougher Period for Russia Than Before Soviet Fall

Anti-Russian santions marked an even more difficult period for Russia than Soviet Union's fall, First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said Friday.

Afghanistan fallout three decades later

I worry that the United States in 2016 bears an uncomfortable similarity to the Soviet Union in 1986. The list of nations that have been restored to greatness under a gerontocracy is short.

Le Jeune-homme et la Liberté

last weekArts : Parterre Box

On this day in 1961 premier danseur Rudolf Nurevey defected from the (then) Soviet Union to the west via Paris.

Some Soccer Brass in the Former Soviet Union Yawn Over Fan Violence

Image: Soccer fans. Stock Photo. Pixabay.com Soccer fans around the world were outraged when an official of Russia's football federation praised Russian thugs who attacked English fans in the stands where Russia and England had fought...Show More Summary

Ex-Ambassador: US, Russia Must Manage Mutual Distrust

Former US Ambassador to the Soviet Union Jack Matlock claims that the United States and Russia should overcome their mutual distrust and enhance cooperation to counter the shared threat of terrorism.

Further US-Russia Nuclear Reductions Unlikely if US Expands in East Europe

Pursuing additional strategic nuclear reductions with Russia will be nearly impossible if the United States continues its military expansion in Eastern Europe, former US Ambassador to the Soviet Union Jack Matlock said on Tuesday.

How Constitutional Revisions Fatten the Already Porky Leaders in the Former Soviet Union

Image: Kremlin. Stock Photo. Pixabay.com Constitutions are supposed to be the ultimate guarantor of citizens' rights, but cunning leaders in the former Soviet Union often manipulate them for their own ends, not the people's. The most...Show More Summary

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