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Mikhail Gorbachev, the last leader of the Soviet Union, has weighed in on the mounting standoff between the U.S. and Russia over Syria, criticizing world leaders for a lack of dialogue over ending the conflict. Gorbachev spoke ahead of expected military strikes on Syria by the U.S. following another alleged ...
A “high purity” form of Novichok, a nerve agent developed in the Soviet Union in the 1980s, was used to poison former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and daughter Yulia Skripal, an international chemical weapons watchdog group confirmed on Thursday, leaving little question Russia was behind the act.

The West was perhaps too hasty to declare victory over the Soviet Union — with popular culture having never understood its “enemy” outside of terms set by decades of propaganda. Even today, our understanding of Russia is poor. Witness things like Time mistaking St. Basil's Cathedral for the Kremlin, ...
A historian has disclosed a list of 114 Japanese who were sentenced to death by shooting in the Soviet Union after being detained following World War II. Takeshi Tomita, an honorary professor at Seikei University, compiled the list from names found on minutes of Soviet Communist Party Politburo ...
A massive crowd had gathered in Pyongyang to celebrate the Soviet Union's role in freeing Korea from 35 years of Japanese colonial rule. The rally also gave Soviet Gen. Nikolai Levedev the opportunity to introduce Kim Il Sung, whom Levedev declared a “national hero.” Many of those in attendance knew ...
One of the programs of the Soviet Union was to establish state atheism since it viewed the religious institution as an integral element of the Russian Empire it replaced. But in 1941, Soviet leader Stalin stopped the anti-religious crackdown which started in 1926 in order to enlist the support of the Russian ...

This Soviet map of military and industrial buildings in Leicester during the Cold War shows how the city would have been targeted. The map, dated 1974, highlights all the city's significant structures, such as colleges, a Territorial Army base and numerous factories. It is thought the topographical plans were ...
The European Union has similar characteristics to the Soviet Union and will suffer a similar fate within a generation, a Brexit-supporting academic says. In a report for a pro-Leave group Gwythian Prins, an emeritus professor at the London School of Economics, said that the failings of the EU meant that, like ...
Every time Frida Kotlyer sits at a piano she is reminded of the opportunities it has afforded her throughout life. The instrument played an integral part in her journey from her homeland to the other side of the world. Like many migrant parents, she was ultimately motivated to give her children the best chance ...
Washington artist Kevin Adams poses next to his portrait painted by Russian artist Natalia Tolpekina while he was on a working tour of the then-Soviet Union. To the right of the portrait is Russian painter Michael Ombish-Kuznetsov's “Workday Routine,” which depicts the fruits of labor under communist rule.
Watch This offers movie recommendations inspired by new releases or premieres, or occasionally our own inscrutable whims. With the animated film Sherlock Gnomes hitting theaters Friday, we're looking back on other interpretations of the famous sleuth from Baker Street.
Rink said he worked under the Soviet Union at a chemical weapons facility where the Novichok military-grade nerve agent was developed. Asked if he ... Moscow has denied any involvement in the Skripals' case or that the Soviet Union or its successor state Russia developed Novichok at all. Echoing a ...
Felfe's first contact of with Soviet intelligence happened in the early 1950s. "During this time, Heinz met one of his colleagues in the Sixth Department of the RSHA, Hans Clemens, who already cooperated with our intelligence, and Clemens began to gauge Felfe's attitude towards the Soviet Union with an ...
MOSCOW - The poisoning of ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia, is "horrible and disgusting", former Soviet Union leader Mikhail Gorbachev has said. Speaking to British channel ITV after he cast his vote on Sunday (March 18) in the Russian presidential election, Mr Gorbachev said ...
MOSCOW, March 17. /TASS/. Neither the Soviet Union nor Russia has ever carried out research to develop a substance codenamed Novichok, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Rossiya'24 TV channel on Saturday. "Neither in the territory of the Soviet Union, nor in the ...
Soviet Union-era spokesman and journalist Vladimir Pozner says he doubts Russia is behind the poisoning of a former spy because "it makes no sense". ... "Today, Russia is run by Soviet people, people who were born and grow up in the Soviet Union, in a system that no longer exists, and they're trying to ...
President Ronald Reagan, speaking on this day in 1983 at the convention of the National Association of Evangelicals in Orlando, Florida, branded the Soviet Union an “evil empire,” further cooling already chilly relations between the White House and the Kremlin. “In your discussions of the nuclear freeze ...

Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and former celebrity neurosurgeon, Ben Carson has a dire warning for all Americans: The Reds are coming. In a profile for The New York Times on his time at HUD, published on Monday, Carson said that despite minor funding spats, he supports the ...
A day after unveiling dramatic new weapons – including a nuclear-powered cruise missile – that sparked talk of a return to Cold War tensions, Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested that he'd reverse the collapse of the Soviet Union if he could. Putin's comments on the 1991 collapse of the USSR ...
photo - Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, arrives to attend a forum organized by Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, arrives to attend a forum organized by the Russian Popular Front in Kaliningrad, Russia, Friday March 2, 2018. If he could go back in time, Vladimir Putin's mission would be to ...
Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would reverse the collapse of the Soviet Union if he had a chance to change Russian history, Russian news agencies reported. Putin's remark rueing the loss of the Soviet empire on March 2 came one day after he asserted in an annual address that Russia has an ...
Russian President Vladimir Putin, while answering questions today at the Truth and Justice media forum organized by the Russian Popular Front in Kaliningrad, said the one thing in history he would like to change is the collapse of the Soviet Union. However, he also said he did not want to change one ...
"The plan was to hit every city in the Soviet Union ... and every city in China. There was no plan for fighting Soviets that did not also involve annihilating the Chinese population," he told CBS News' Alex Wagner. "The result was a readiness to annihilate 600 million people. 100 Holocausts. When I say crime ...
"The collapse of the Soviet Union," Putin immediately shot back. Putin, who served in the KGB in the Soviet era, called the 1991 Soviet fall the "greatest geopolitical catastrophe" of the twentieth century in a 2005 speech, and has used the Soviet Union's World War II defeat of Nazi Germany to stir patriotism ...
On February 23, Brookings India hosted Dr. David Engerman, Professor of History at Brandeis University, to discuss his new book The Price of Aid: The Economic Cold War in India. The book recounts attempts by the United States and Soviet Union to use foreign assistance to influence India between the ...
A Tory Cabinet minister has branded Jeremy Corbyn "very useful to the Soviet Union" - moments after admitting a 'spy' claim against the Labour leader was untrue. Liam Fox said Tory vice-chair Ben Bradley was right to apologise and pay damages for claiming the Labour leader "sold British secrets to ...
Although the communist Soviet Union's (1922-1992) official ideology derided America's capitalist film industry, it submitted films to their Academy Award (also known as the 'Oscars') competition for Best Foreign Language Film between 1963 and 1991. Three films actually won the award. In 2011, Mosfilm ...
Earlier this week, New Matilda published a story from economics columnist Ian McAuley on why Donald Trump's strategy of boosting the military was a poor one. He linked it to the arms race that preceded the collapse of the Soviet Union. Iliana Nikolova, a US-based academic, responds. One of the most ...
I generally want to know the answer: Did Americans in the Cold War era hate Soviet Union sports teams as much as Americans today hate the Patriots? Before we continue, I want to defend my implied position, which is that the New England Patriots, in their current form, have become the most hated ...
With this transition, the Soviet Union's approach to the law of the sea moved from one that reflected fears of encirclement during the first United Nations conference on the law of the sea (1956–1958), to an approach that joined hands with naval powers, including its ideological enemy, the United States, ...
It was the biggest such expulsion since the height of the Cold War era and the hostilities with the then Soviet Union. ... This is because during the war the US and Soviet Union had been allies, but the relationship was forged in the face of a common enemy in Nazi Germany and did not last. The war left ...
IT'S been nearly three decades since the collapse of the Soviet Union, but the communist nation's horror history of science lives on. We unearth five of the most terrifying experiments conducted under the long lost regime. Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov tried to cross-breed humans and apes, and was eventually ...
And, in the midst of the Cold War, they managed to topple the heavily-favored Soviet Union 4-3; a game in which ABC announcer Al Michaels memorably declared "Do you believe in miracles?," as the final seconds ticked away. It was one of the most memorable upsets in sports history. The seasoned ...
It was at a gathering of America's National Association of Evangelicals in 1983 that, with his famous denunciation of the Soviet Union as an “evil empire”, President Ronald Reagan implied that the cold war was a moral contest rather than a misunderstanding in which both sides bore blame. Some 30 years ...
Was there a decree by the Supreme Soviet to deport us once again, do the local Interior Ministry have reason to talk about such things as selling people in the Soviet Union? Do we have the right to work and education?” Two stamps on the letter show that it was received by the Presidium of the Supreme ...
The Soviet Union's security agency, the KGB, had a “voracious appetite for party political information”, the committee was warned. KGB defector Oleg Gordievsky identified several categories of MPs. The most important were fully signed up agents regularly meeting with their handlers. Others did “little jobs” ...
Jeremy Corbyn valued Soviet leadership. He was worried about the break-up of the Soviet Union. He believed Nato was an instrument of Cold War manipulation. And he informed the communists of this, in order to inspire a revival of socialism. I do not know this because of some recently unearthed file, ...
I sometimes joke that growing up in the Soviet Union prepared me for working as a journalist in the United States. That joke has become less funny now that the President is positioning applause as a central issue of American politics. On Monday, before a crowd at a manufacturing plant, in Ohio, Donald ...
I generally want to know the answer: Did Americans in the Cold War era hate Soviet Union sports teams as much as Americans today hate the Patriots? Before we continue, I want to defend my implied position, which is that the New England Patriots, in their current form, have become the most hated ...
The tradition harkens back to the dawn of the Cold War, amid fears of a nuclear exchange with the Soviet Union. After the vice president, the speaker of the House, and the president pro tempore of the Senate, the line of succession goes to Cabinet secretaries in the order they were created, beginning with ...
Star Wars was banned in the Soviet Union until 1990, although a thriving black market bootleg video exchange meant many Soviet citizens had in fact seen the films during the 1980s. Yuri Bokser and Alexander Chantsev created this poster, along with three others (all below), to commemorate the lifting of ...
A religious holiday known as Tatiana Day, named after the St. Tatiana of Rome, observed annually on January 25, is also celebrated in Russia as Student's Day. This tradition dates back to the mid-18th century when Russian Empress Elizabeth endorsed the petition by Minister of Education Ivan Shuvalov ...
“The comedy The Death of Stalin has been banned,” wrote the writer Vladimir Voinovich on Facebook. “Because for those banning it, Stalin is still alive – and that is no comedy.” On Tuesday, the Russian ministry of culture made a dramatic last-minute decision to withdraw the screening licence of Armando ...
The United States and the Soviet Union both investigated the phenomenon known as bioluminescence to gauge if it could be used to detect submarines underwater. Scientists on both sides of the Iron Curtain thought that marine organisms which create their own light could tip off observers to the presence ...
The United States and the Soviet Union both investigated the phenomenon known as bioluminescence to gauge if it could be used to detect submarines underwater. Scientists on both sides of the Iron Curtain thought that marine organisms which create their own light could tip off observers to the presence ...
Just because government foreign policies don't always align doesn't mean we can't admire geopolitical rival's science fiction. There were all manner of great movies made outside the United States throughout the Cold War, and we're missing out if we don't take a look at the incredible Soviet-style outer ...
Inna Faliks' Soviet Union household only had three rooms for seven people and no telephone – but it did have music. Growing up, Faliks' parents encouraged a creative childhood that included reading books and cultivating interest in music. Now a concert pianist and UCLA professor of piano, Faliks will ...
His research stems from his work at a design bureau in an instruments factory where he designed a wide range of measurement instruments to measure various electrical quantities, which were mass produced in the former Soviet Union. It was during this work where he gained a deep understanding of.
From satellites and spies, the Soviet Union compiled eerily detailed maps of its Western adversaries. By Simon Ings. This is a journey through an exotic world conjured into being by the Military Topographic Directorate of the General Staff of the Soviet Army. Tasked by Stalin during the Second World War ...
On April 9, 1990, American newspapers reported on an unusual deal. Pepsi had come to a three billion dollar agreement with the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union had long traded Stolichnaya vodka in return for Pepsi concentrate. But this time, Pepsi got 10 Soviet ships. This wasn't the first time that Pepsi ...


 

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