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Animal Cruelty Is Part of the Fabric of the Former Soviet Union

Image: Stock Photo. FreeImages.com/Vee Bee Animals as well as humans have suffered from greed and neglect across the former Soviet Union, animals-rights activists say. Some of the worst offenders have been organizations owned by the government, such as zoos and circuses. Show More Summary

Resurgent Jokes Reflect Putin Russia's Inevitable Untergang

Co-authored with Samuel Rachlin Samuel Rachlin, an accomplished, independent Danish journalist, was born in the Soviet Union to a Danish mother and a Lithuanian father during his parents' deportation to Siberia. He became the first Moscow, later the Washington correspondent for national Danish TV. Show More Summary

"DC's Legends of Tomorrow" Are "White Knights" In New Photos

The time-traveling heroes chase Vandal Savage into the mid-80s Soviet Union, and a new DC Comics character enters the mix.

Weekend Reading: Cosma Shalizi (2012): In Soviet Union, Optimization Problem Solves You

In Soviet Union, Optimization Problem Solves You: Attention conservation notice: Over 7800 words about optimal planning for a socialist economy and its intersection with computational complexity theory. This is about as relevant to the world around us as debating whether a devotee of the Olympian gods should approve of transgenic organisms. Show More Summary

Senate committee ponders if Canadian border is a threat after Trudeau’s victory

4 days agoNews : The Raw Story

Existential threats to the US homeland have come in many forms – some real, some imagined. There was immigration from Asia – referred to in the xenophobic phrase “yellow peril” – fascism in Europe, communism in the Soviet Union and radical Islam in the Middle East. And now there is Justin Trudeau...

A Glimpse Inside Russia's Secret Cosmonaut Training Centers

London-based photographer Maria Gruzdeva documents the cosmonaut facilities, which are like relics from the Space Age. During the height of the Space Race in the 1960s, the Soviet Union built two entire cities around cosmonaut training centers, where Russian cosmonauts lived with their families while preparing to go to outer space. Show More Summary

January 31, 1990: McDonald's Opens in the Soviet Union

last weekHumor / odd : mental_floss

First come the burgers, then come the fries, and before you know it, the Cold War is over.

German Party Head Refutes Media Reports on 'Chaos, Tanks' in Crimea

Immigrants from the former Soviet Union who are currently residing in Germany support Russia's position with regard to Crimea, a German politician stated.

Obama administration needs to abandon its Petraeus obsession

In politically driven moods, the ancient Romans often wiped from history all mention of a prior hero or celebrity. They called such erasures damnatio memoriae. The Soviet Union likewise airbrushed

Socialist Ideas Correct, Poorly Implemented in Soviet Union - Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the ideas of socialism were good – equality, fraternity, happiness, but the practical implementation of those ideas in Russia and the Soviet Union was far from what the socialists-utopists envisioned.

Putin Says Still Likes Communist, Socialist Ideas

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that he still kept his Communist party identification document, despite the dissolution of the Soviet Union.

Soviet Union's founding father Lenin watches on over increasingly indifferent Russians

2 weeks agoArts : Artdaily

To reach the gigantic statue of Vladimir Lenin that overlooks Moscow's October Square, pedestrians can stroll down streets named after the Bolshevik revolutionary's wife or mother, or cross Lenin Avenue that intersects with a road named after his brother. Show More Summary

The death of a former KGB operative is a reminder of Vladimir Putin’s past life as a spy

2 weeks agoNews : BlogPost

As a street-fighting kid growing up in crowded apartment complex in the Soviet Union, Vladimir Putin dreamed of something bigger. By the time he was a teenager, that something, he'd concluded, was becoming a spy. "Even before I finished high school, I wanted to work in intelligence," Putin said, according to a biography posted on the […]

Russia’s Putin Accused Lenin of Ruining the Soviet Union

2 weeks agoNews : Newsweek: US

Russian President Vladimir Putin has slammed former Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin for ruining the Soviet Union and for metaphorically laying “an atomic bomb” underneath Russia, the country's independent news agency Interfax reports. Speaking...Show More Summary

Putin: Lenin to Blame for Soviet Union Collapse

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday Soviet revolutionary Vladimir Lenin and his flow of thought led to the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Wonderful Color Photographs Capture Everyday Life in the Soviet Union in 1967

These wonderful photographs were taken by LIFE photographer Bill Eppridge during his visit to the Soviet Union in 1967. See more »

Oil price and Russian politics: a history

2 weeks agoNews : Daily Chart

IN DECEMBER 1979 Soviet troops invaded Afghanistan. The oil price at the time was at its peak of $101 a barrel. The high price combined with fast-growing production of oil in Western Siberia provided the Soviet Union with unprecedented revenues. Show More Summary

Oil’s long good-bye and what comes next

2 weeks agoNews : The Great Debate

Since the breakup of the Soviet Union, Russia has used natural gas as a weapon against Ukraine and Europe as a whole. Threatening to turn shut off the pipes as the weather turns cold is a pretty effective way to influence foreign policy.

How Oil Drives Conflict

Since the breakup of the Soviet Union, Russia has used natural gas as a weapon against Ukraine and Europe as a whole. Threatening to turn shut off the pipes as the weather turns cold is a pretty effective way to influence foreign policy. But now it looks like one of...

Regulating Guns: The Social Equivalent of MAD (Mutually Assured Destruction)

In the 1950s, at the height of the cold war, the U.S. and the Soviet Union realized that their huge nuclear arsenals gave rise to a fundamental paradox: they existed for the prime purpose of preventing their use. To protect their missiles, both sides loaded them on submarines that were capable of hiding indefinitely in the vast oceans of the world. Show More Summary

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