It has now been 25 years since Mikhail Gorbachev, with his Soviet Union crumbling, decided to open the emigration gates and allow 1.6 million Jews to leave for Israel, Germany and the United States. This may be one of the most stunning and ironic immigration stories of the last 50 years. [...]
Submitted by Mark Mateski via The Mises Institute, Even today, few deny the long arm of US military might. After all, the US military exhausted the Soviet Union, crushed Saddam Hussein, and drove Osama bin Laden’s al Qaeda into hiding. Show More Summary
In the tumult and uncertainty that marked Russia after the Soviet Union imploded, when the state was weak and many institutions tottering, a vital lifeline was extended from the West. The U.S. government, as well as foundations and philanthropies, responded generously. Show More Summary
Mr. Oberdorfer, who also wrote books on Korea and the Cold War, covered stories from Vietnam to the fall of the Soviet Union with a firm grasp of foreign policy issues.
Since the automotive industry in the Soviet Union was developed rather well, lots of advertisement campaigns had been created by car manufacturers. See more »
(Thanks to Meaghan Good of the Charley Project for the guest post. -ed.) On this date in 1941, less than two months after the Nazis invaded the Soviet Union, they executed the Hassidic Rabbi Ben Zion Halberstam along with his son, Rabbi Moshe Aaron, three of his sons-in-law, and a number of other Jews. Born […]
On July 25th, 1984, Cosmonaut Svetlana Savitskaya became the first woman to walk in space when she conducted an EVA outside the Soviet Union’s Salyut 7 space station. Read more...
The Sukhoi Su-35 is set to follow in the wake of the Soviet Union's legendary Su-27 and Su-30 fighter jets in becoming a major military export.
The GAZ-M20 Pobeda was a passenger car produced in the Soviet Union by GAZ from 1946 until 1958. The car was a successful export for the USSR, and the design was licensed to the Polish FSO factory in Warsaw, where it was built as the FSO Warszawa beginning in 1951, continuing until 1973. See more »
When I first met Yevgenia Albats, it was the 1990s, the Soviet Union had just ceased to exist, and she was a rising star in the new Russian media–one of many. The explosion of creativity in Russian media in that era is one of the post-Soviet miracles that no one has ever quite explained. Show More Summary
It’s been nearly a quarter century since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, but the physical reminders of Central and Eastern Europe’s communist past are still provoking controversy.
Russia and the former Soviet Union have produced world and Olympic champions in virtually every sport over the last century but no Russian has ever made an impact at the top level in golf.
Don Oberdorfer, a former Washington Post diplomatic correspondent who chronicled international news from the Vietnam War to the fall of the Soviet Union, earning a reputation as one of the most insightful, fair-minded reporters on his globe-spanning beat, died July 23 in Washington. He was 84. Read full article >>
Estonia and Russia have taken radically different paths since the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991, and by many measures, the tiny nation on the Baltic Sea has had greater success.
As the Soviet Union was falling apart in 1989, Russell Guy bought a group of crates from some military officers that turned out to be a treasure. They were intricately-detailed maps of the world, created by Soviet cartographers with the help of government spies. Show More Summary
Quarter of a century ago, I wrote a front-page Sunday newspaper lead about composers who were fleeing the crumbling Soviet Union and applying for asylum in the UK. Two who were pictured with the story were the married couple Dmitri Smirnov and Elena Firsova, who were living with two small children in a tiny house […]
Donald “I’m Donald Trump” Trump is basically the most amazing man who has ever lived, which you should already know by now, and if you don’t you are an idiot because he tells us every day how amazing he is, why don’t you listen to him, America? Listen to Donald Trump, he knows everything! His “I.Q. Show More Summary
In 1969, the U.S. finally won the race with the Soviets to be first to put people on the moon. But the memory of that space race has overshadowed one that came before: the race to be the first to photograph Mars from space. It was the subject of an intense rivalry—and one that the Soviets narrowly missed winning. Read more...
The collapse of the Soviet Union didn’t just affect humans—forests across Europe and Asia were impacted, too. Some 533 million acres of forest in Eastern Europe have regrown since 1985, largely due to the disintegration of timber industries and abandonment of agricultural lands in countries such as Hungary, Croatia, and Bulgaria. Read more...
Will the Soviet Union Survive Until 1984? Amalrik 1980, 2nd ed. Submitter: Russia is a big topic in the news right now, so I’m sure there are people looking for books about it. My public library has a massive section on Russian history and politics…nearly all of it from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. The biggest […]