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This Day in Labor History: March 29, 1951

On March 29, 1951, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg were convicted of treason for passing classified information to the Soviet Union. A few days later they were sentenced to death. This famous case has of course received a tremendous amount of attention; for this series, it’s useful both as a window into the legacy of the […]

Between the lines: Historians put Stalin-era diaries online

yesterdayArts : Artdaily

Tatiana Panova holds a photograph of her great-grandfather as a solemn-faced student in 1923 in the Soviet Union, around 16 years before he died in a prison camp during the Stalin purges. While Alexander Yakovlev's death was over half...Show More Summary

Russia's Crazy Cold War Plan to Steamroll NATO in a War (With Lots of Nuclear Weapons)

Michael Peck Security, Europe Bye, bye Europe.  The Nazis conquered France in six weeks, in one of the most spectacular military victories in history. Had the Soviet Union gone to war with the West in the early 1960s, it also planned to blitz France. Show More Summary

Between the lines: historians put Stalin-era diaries online

Tatiana Panova holds a photograph of her great-grandfather as a solemn-faced student in 1923 in the Soviet Union, around 16 years before he died in a prison camp during the Stalin purges. While Alexander Yakovlev's death was over half...Show More Summary

Project Moby Dick, the Cold War’s Least Believable Surveillance Strategy

4 days agoHumor / odd : Neatorama

In 1956, the United States launched a series of balloons that took advantage of weather patterns to spy on the USSR. They went up in Europe, glided over the Soviet Union, and were intercepted over Japan, where planes would extend hooks to grab the cameras from them in mid-air. Show More Summary

Stalin’s Mad Scientists

4 days agoNews : The Daily Beast

The Soviet Union more or less wrote the book on bending science to ideology, and the result was that hacks, has beens, and nut cases became the Newtons and Burbanks of Russia.

US Ambassador to USSR: “The Whole Brou-Ha-Ha Over Contacts with Russian Diplomats Has Taken On All The Earmarks of a Witch Hunt"

By Jack Matlock, the 4-year U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union from 1987-1991, at the time that the USSR fell. Before that, Matlock served as the Director of Soviet Affairs in the State Department, the U.S. Ambassador to Czechoslovakia,...Show More Summary

Battle Lines Are Drawn In 'Divinity III: Stalinverse' Finale [Preview]

Divinity III: Stalinverse found the Valiant Universe of 2017 suddenly under the tight control of a Soviet Union that not only never fell, it expanded across the globe. Writer Matt Kindt and artist Trevor Hairsine have built a fully fleshed-out world in which every Valiant character is affected by this alteration of reality. Show More Summary

Newswire: Here’s the scoop on [REDACTED]’s return to The Americans

This post contains discussion of plot points from The Americans episode ”The Midges.” For those worried about the fate of Martha, The Americans most pitiable character, tonight’s episode reveals that she is alive in the Soviet Union after being sent there for her own protection last season. Show More Summary

Censoring America: Comics, Propaganda, And The Information War, Part II

It's been a long, hard road for comic books in Russia. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, attempts to build a comics community consistently met with economic hardship, and failed. It's only over the last several years that Western comic...Show More Summary

Photos of grand Soviet-era subway stations

last weekHumor / odd : Kottke.org

Back in the days before the US bankrupted the Soviet Union with the space race and the nuclear arms race, the Soviets spent lavishly on some public works…like these amazing metro stations built in the Stalin era. Photographer David Burdeny got special middle-of-the-night access to these stations in Moscow and St. Show More Summary

Russian-Backed Crimea PM Endorses Putin as 'President for Life'

last weekNews : Newsweek: US

Sergei Aksyonov says the Russian leader would have preserved the Soviet Union if he had been in charge then.

Russia-backed Crimea chief says Putin should be president for life

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Russian-backed prime minister of Crimea said on Saturday that Vladimir Putin should be made president of Russia for life and that the Soviet Union would never have collapsed had Putin been in charge.

How Russia Is Turning Syria into a Major Naval Base for Nuclear Warships (and Israel Is Worried)

Michael Peck Security, Middle East Another reason to worry about Syria. During the 1970s, the Syrian naval base of Tartus became a major port servicing warships of the Soviet Union’s Fifth Mediterranean squadron. The Soviet Union is gone, and so is Syria as a unified nation. Show More Summary

Russia vs. Nazi Germany: How Hitler Launched the Most Horrific War of All Time

Robert Farley Security, Europe And millions paid the price.  The end of the War in the East left the Soviet Union in control of a vast portion of the Eurasian continent. Red Army forces occupied Germany, Poland, Czechosolvakia, parts of the Balkans, the Baltic states, and parts of Finland. Show More Summary

Armenia’s rising tech scene: The new Silicon Valley of the former Soviet Union

Armenia was once the center of IT innovation for the USSR. A turbulent history has stifled the economy, but things are starting to look up for the Caucasus republic. A highly-skilled, post-soviet engineering workforce and a diaspora of advocates, combined with new government initiatives, are igniting renewed growth in Armenia’s IT sector. Show More Summary

Follow The Money, Donald Trump Edition

There's a very good story out today from Bloomberg chronicling the flow of money from the former Soviet Union into real estate ventures built by or licensed with the name of Donald Trump. In this case most of what we are talking about...Show More Summary

The only answer to Russia anxiety: A blue-ribbon commission

last weekNews : NY Daily News

Since the fall of the Soviet Union, Russia has sought to regain its place in the world.

Anatoly Chernyaev, influential foreign policy aide to Mikhail Gorbachev, dies at 95

He argued passionately for political and economic reforms in the final years of the Soviet Union.

The Return of Tribalism

The Return of Tribalism Anthony Stahelski After the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union a political scientist named Francis Fukuyama wrote a book entitled The End of History and the Last Man. Fukuyama stated that the Soviet demise signaled more than just the end of the Cold War. He provocatively hypothesized that the demise meant [...]Show More Summary

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