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  • Prague to remove statue of Soviet marshal who led Red Army forces

    09/12/2019 2:34:30 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 41 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/12/2019
    A district assembly in Prague voted on Thursday to remove a statue of a Soviet World War Two marshal and replace it with a more general memorial following a row that has drawn in the Czech president and Russian authorities. The statue of Marshal Ivan Konev, who led the Red Army forces that liberated most of Czechoslovakia and entered Prague on May 9, 1945, was erected in 1980. It has been the subject of controversy since the 1989 fall of communism because of Konev’s later endeavors, which included a leading role in crushing the 1956 Hungarian uprising as well as...
  • The Latest on 80th Anniversary of WWII: Russia tweets reminder of Soviet role

    09/01/2019 2:16:16 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 71 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 1, 2019
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II (all times local): 7:00 p.m. Russian President Vladimir Putin wasn’t invited to attend ceremonies for the 80th anniversary of the day World War II started in Poland. But his Foreign Ministry tried to make sure the Soviet Union’s role in ending the war got acknowledged at least. The ministry tweeted on Sunday: “One may have varying opinions on Soviet policy during the initial period of World War II, but it is impossible to deny the fact that it was the Soviet Union that...
  • A 'Soviet Paradise,' A Nazi Nightmare

    08/31/2019 2:10:21 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 9 replies
    RFE/RL ^ | August 31, 2019 | Amos Chapple
    In German-occupied Prague, a disturbing exhibition of “souvenirs” captured during the Nazi invasion of the U.S.S.R. shows how one totalitarian regime sought to discredit the other. Inside the exhibition, which was open to the public daily from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. throughout March 1942, an entire village lane from Soviet territory had been transported from the fighting front and recreated to show the “gray misery” of life under Bolshevism. Both Nazi and communist regimes made extensive use of crude propaganda. Adolf Hitler described his vision for propaganda in 1925: “…all effective propaganda must be confined to a few bare...
  • Metallica Plays Song By Soviet-Era Rock Star At Moscow Concert

    07/22/2019 3:08:17 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 14 replies
    Radio Free ^ | July 22, 2019
    The American rock band Metallica has surprised fans in Moscow by performing a song in the Russian capital by the late Soviet-era rock star Viktor Tsoi. In the middle of the concert at Moscow's Luzhniki Sports Stadium on July 21, the group's bassist Robert Trujillo and lead guitarist Kirk Hammett suddenly started performing one of Tsoi's most popular songs -- Gruppa Krovi (Blood Type). They sang the song in the Russian language. The group's fans started singing the song together with Metallica. Tsoi and his group, Kino, were extremely popular in the Soviet Union during the late 1980s. His songs...
  • Why Didn't the Soviets Ever Make It to the Moon?

    07/22/2019 8:22:49 AM PDT · by C19fan · 39 replies
    Popular Mechaincs ^ | July 22, 2019 | Anatoly Zak
    On July 3, 1969, just 17 days before Neil Armstrong and Ed Aldrin walked on the lunar surface, the USSR made its second attempt to test-fire its own moon rocket, known as N1. No official announcement about the secret mission had ever been made, but in subsequent passes over the Soviet test range in Tyuratam, Kazakhstan, U.S. spy satellites glimpsed utter devastation at one of the two launch pads known to host the moon rocket. The Soviet Union didn't know it at the time, but its hopes for reaching the moon also ended on that charred launch pad in 1969.
  • How the Soviets Won the Space Race for Equality

    07/20/2019 2:42:10 PM PDT · by The_Media_never_lie · 76 replies
    New York Slimes ^ | July 16, 2019 | Sophie Pinkham
    The Cold War was fought as much on an ideological front as a military one, and the Soviet Union often emphasized the sexism and racism of its capitalist opponents — particularly the segregated United States. And the space race was a prime opportunity to signal the U.S.S.R.’s commitment to equality. After putting the first man in space in 1961, the Soviets went on to send the first woman, the first Asian man, and the first black man into orbit — all years before the Americans would follow suit.
  • UK Bans ‘Harmful’ Gender Stereotypes in Advertisements

    06/15/2019 5:15:42 PM PDT · by KC_Lion · 46 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 15 June 2019 | Breitbart London
    LONDON (AP) — Hapless husbands and housework-burdened moms were being banished from British advertising, as a crackdown on “harmful” gender stereotypes came into force Friday. Under new rules, advertisements must not include “gender stereotypes which are likely to cause harm or serious or widespread offense.” Examples include depictions of a man failing to change a diaper or a woman to park a car, or ads that suggest women are solely responsible for cooking and cleaning. Complaints will be assessed by industry watchdog the Advertising Standards Authority. It doesn’t have the power to impose fines, but British broadcasters are bound...
  • Dan Bongino, 'Chernobyl' creator spar over socialism after Stephen King compares disaster to Trump

    05/31/2019 1:57:47 PM PDT · by drpix · 36 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | May 31, 2019 | Jessica Chasmar
    Conservative commentator Dan Bongino schooled producer Craig Mazin on the “failure of socialism” Thursday after the creator and writer of HBO’s “Chernobyl” praised a tweet by horror icon Stephen King that compared the Soviet-era disaster to Donald Trump’s presidency. The feud started early Thursday after Mr. King wrote that it’s “impossible” for him to watch “Chernobyl” without thinking of the current president. Stephen King @StephenKing: "It's impossible to watch HBO's CHERNOBYL without thinking of Donald Trump; like those in charge of the doomed Russian reactor, he's a man of mediocre intelligence in charge of great power--economic, global--that he does not...
  • Is it true that a single mother with one job was able of live well in the Soviet union?

    04/30/2019 7:34:03 PM PDT · by daniel1212 · 17 replies
    Quora.com ^ | 4-27-2016 | Tatiana Menaker,
    I have hysterical laugh when I read this BS of Stalinist propagandist Finnegan who writes about single mother in Russia with free housing, health care and propaganda painting of happy Soviet woman entering new apartment with Stalin’s portrait instead of icon. I WAS the SINGLE MOTHER’S DAUGHTER in the Soviet Union. I was born and lived in communal apartment in Leningrad near Vladimir Putin’s house. 7 families shared one toilet, one kitchen and one bathroom which did not work. We washed themselves in communal banya (bathhouse) once a week after staying in line at least 2 hours. We lived 3...
  • CCCP civil defense

    04/27/2019 4:02:54 AM PDT · by vannrox · 9 replies
    EnglishRussia.com ^ | 12apr18 | jolinphoto
      Well, this bunker is really something extra. It is like it is been abandoned with almost all equipment after the collaps of the CCCP…..  Civildefense is a bit smother compared to the military but it is harder to run it. soldiers are trained to do what they are told…Feeling in the bunker is like someone is on the way to start it up again…………   –nextpage– –nextpage– –nextpage– –nextpage–
  • Media Makes A Tradition Of Botching Auschwitz’s Liberation Anniversary

    02/08/2019 3:32:32 PM PST · by rogerantone1 · 5 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | January 30, 2019 | John R. Lott, Jr.
    Despite all of the commemorations on Sunday, Auschwitz’s final liberation didn’t occur on Jan. 27, 1945. True, the Soviet Red Army did free 7,000 Jews who were still alive in the Nazi Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, but they didn’t shut down the camp. They merely replaced one set of prisoners with another.
  • Poll: Russian nostalgia for Soviet Union reaches 13-year high

    12/24/2018 11:48:29 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 42 replies
    Japan Times ^ | Dec 20, 2018 | Reuters
    MOSCOW - The number of Russians who regret the break-up of the Soviet Union has risen to its highest since 2005, amid rising economic concerns and nostalgia for the Soviet welfare system, the Levada pollster said on Wednesday. President Vladimir Putin famously dubbed the 1991 dissolution of the Soviet Union the greatest catastrophe of the 20th century and he and many Russians have long lamented the blow its demise dealt to Moscow’s great power status. In the survey, 66 percent of Russians said they regretted the Soviet break-up, a level not seen since 2005 when Levada recorded 65 percent and...
  • The Writer Who Destroyed an Empire (100th Anniversary of Birth of Solzhenitsyn) [ed]

    12/11/2018 7:58:32 AM PST · by C19fan · 13 replies
    NY Times ^ | December 11, 2018 | Michael Scammell
    When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, pundits offered a variety of reasons for its failure: economic, political, military. Few thought to add a fourth, more elusive cause: the regime’s total loss of credibility. This hard-to-measure process had started in 1956, when Premier Nikita Khrushchev gave his so-called secret speech to party leaders, in which he denounced Josef Stalin’s purges and officially revealed the existence of the gulag prison system. Not long afterward, Boris Pasternak allowed his suppressed novel “Doctor Zhivago” to be published in the West, tearing another hole in the Iron Curtain. Then, in 1962, the literary magazine...
  • Russia hackers continuing to probe the U.S. power grid

    11/29/2018 12:56:36 PM PST · by SleeperCatcher · 21 replies
    Great Power War ^ | 11/29/18 | USA Features
    The U.S. power grid is continuing to be targeted and probed by Russian cyber actors, according to a notable cybersecurity firm, as well as other aspects of critical infrastructure (CI). Researched from the threat intelligence firm FireEye said at the CyberwarCon forum in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday that even though the American power grid is relatively well-defended and tough to strike with a full-scale cyber attack, that hasn’t deterred Russian state actors from continuing to probe for weaknesses...
  • Lithuania urges Walmart to drop Soviet-themed shirts

    09/09/2018 8:12:37 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 14 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 7 Sep 2018 | Agence France Presse
    Lithuania on Friday urged American retail giant Walmart to stop selling T-shirts and hoodies with Soviet hammer and sickle symbols, insisting the image insults victims of often deadly Soviet-era persecution. “We sent a letter to Walmart requesting the withdrawal of products with Soviet symbols and we are still waiting for a reaction,” Lithuanian ambassador to the US Rolandas Krisciunas said. The hammer and sickle symbol is banned in Lithuania... The Baltic state’s foreign minister Linas Linkevicius tweeted: “You wouldn’t buy Nazi-themed clothing, would you? “We trust @Walmart’s moral stance & call to withdraw products with the symbols of mass murders.”...
  • Ohio State employs 88 diversity-related staffers at a cost of $7.3M annually

    09/06/2018 10:09:54 AM PDT · by george76 · 53 replies
    College Fix ^ | SEPTEMBER 6, 2018 | Derek Draplin
    Ohio State University employs nearly 90 diversity-related administrative employees, which costs taxpayers in the Buckeye State about $7.3 million in salaries and benefits annually,... The 88 administrators receive an estimated $7.3 million in total compensation, which includes $5.38 million in salaries and an estimated $1.89 million in fringe benefits. “To put that administrative expense into perspective, about 750 in-state students could get a full scholarship for tuition and fees if those dollars were directed to student financial aid. Stated differently, it takes the entire tuition dollars from 750 in-state students to pay for those 88 diversicrats,” economics Professor Mark ....
  • Russian Museum Recreates WWII-Era 'Land Battleship'

    04/19/2018 8:58:37 AM PDT · by C19fan · 35 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | April 18,2018 | Kyle Mizokami
    A copy of the largest tanks of World War II was produced for a Russian military museum. A working T-35 tank, which weighed even more than Russia’s newest main battle tank, was built by the metallurgical company Uralelectromed JSC for the Museum of Military Equipment in the Sverdlovsk region, Russia. During the years between World War I and World War II, the new Soviet state pursued an aggressive military expansion plan, including the mechanization of its armed forces. The construction of heavy tanks—heavier than any of those fielded by any other country—was meant to grow Soviet heavy industry, encourage the...
  • U.S. Made Secret Deal With ISIS to Let Thousands of Fighters Flee Raqqa to Battle Assad (Tr)

    12/10/2017 2:55:17 PM PST · by Navy Patriot · 49 replies
    Newsweak Fake News and Propaganda ^ | December 10, 2017 | Tom O'Connor
    The U.S. military allowed thousands of Islamic State militant group (ISIS) fighters to flee from their de facto capital of Raqqa, Syria, in a secret deal that boosted the U.S. fight against the forces of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, according to a former Pentagon-backed commander, who has since switched his allegiance to Turkey and who spoke to Reuters. As the spokesperson for the Syrian Democratic Forces, a mostly Kurdish coalition of Arabs and ethnic minorities, Brigadier General Talal Silo acted as the face and the voice of the U.S.’s leading partner against ISIS in Syria. The U.S.-backed group successfully ousted...
  • Israel Struck Iranian Military Base Near Syria's Damascus, Reports Say

    12/02/2017 2:11:14 AM PST · by Spiridon · 30 replies
    Haaretz ^ | 11/2/2017 | Jack Khoury
    Israeli warplanes struck a military base near Syrian capital of Damascus overnight Friday, Syrian state television has confirmed. According to pro-Assad news oiutlets, the target of the attack was an Iranian military base near the city of Al-Kiswa, located some 13 kilometers south of Damascus. Syria's air-defense system fired missiles at the Israeli aircraft, which reportedly launched the attack from Lebanese airspace, Sky News Arabia reported........
  • Sanders Scare-Quotes ‘Enemy’ in Describing Soviet Union During Foreign Policy Speech

    09/21/2017 4:03:51 PM PDT · by Ennis85 · 8 replies
    Free Beacon ^ | September 21th 2017 | Charles Fain Lehman
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dao2ocR_cAc Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) seemed to think Thursday that describing the Soviet Union as an "enemy" deserved scare quotes in a speech on foreign policy. Sanders delivered a speech on his vision of "progressive foreign policy" at Westminster College. "I was Mayor, as some of you may know, of the city of Burlington, Vermont, in the 1980s, and that was a time when the Soviet Union was our ‘enemy'," Sanders said, emphatically flexing his fingers to suggest his disagreement with the labeling. Sanders was elected mayor of Burlington running against the incumbent Democrat; while in office, he self-styled...