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  • Lavrov: D-Day memorials are part of a false history of WWII meant to airbrush out the Soviet Union

    06/12/2019 9:34:00 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 117 replies
    Business Insider ^ | June 5, 2019 | Bill Bostock
    Russia's foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov chastised Western powers in an article published in Russia's International Affairs magazine on Tuesday, ahead of events in Europe to mark the D-Day landings on the Nazi-occupied Normandy coast. "False interpretations of history are being introduced into the Western education system with mystifications and pseudo-historical theories designed to belittle the feat of our ancestors," Lavrov wrote. "Young people are being told that the main credit in victory over Nazism and liberation of Europe goes not to the Soviet troops, but to the West due to the landing in Normandy, which took place less than a...
  • Russia Should Have Made HBO's Chernobyl

    06/05/2019 1:31:30 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 19 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | May 31, 2019 | L. Bershidsky
    “Chernobyl,” the HBO mini-series that ends Monday in the U.S., isn’t easy to watch as someone who lived in the Soviet Union in 1986 and who has since visited the Chernobyl exclusion zone. But, like many of my compatriots, I’m watching it — and thinking it should have been made in Russia, Ukraine or Belarus, not by an American entertainment channel. There are two reasons for this. One is authenticity — despite a valiant attempt at it, the series falls short. But the other, more important reason is that this kind of harsh sermon on the importance of listening to...
  • Putin's Media Struggles to Deal With HBO's Chernobyl

    06/04/2019 3:46:09 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 32 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | June 3, 2019 | Ilya Shepelin
    It seems every major Russian media outlet had to chime in about the “Chernobyl” TV series by HBO. Although the foreign program airs only online to paying viewers, the show has become something of a national sensation in Russia where the pro-Kremlin media have launched a mini-crusade against it. Komsomolskaya Pravda (KP), Russia’s most popular newspaper, raised suspicions that competitors of state-atomic center Rosatom were using the series to tarnish this country’s image as a nuclear power. Argumenty i Fakty...dismissed the show as “a caricature and not the truth.” “The only things missing are the bears and accordions!” quipped Stanislav...
  • Nostalgia: Russia's Growing Movement Of 'Soviet Citizens'

    05/26/2019 1:51:38 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 26 replies
    Radio Free Europe ^ | May 25, 2019 | Matthew Luxmoore
    MOSCOW -- Konstantin Vyatkin has never acknowledged the Soviet collapse. "For the past 28 years I've tried to live in this country called Russia," he says. "But in my heart I still live there, in the Soviet Union." The words may sound banal in a country where two-thirds of the population professes nostalgia for the former empire, motivated by economic concerns and the absence of a welfare state. But Vyatkin does not simply miss the Soviet Union -- he actively denies its breakup, and claims to obey only its laws. And now a vibrant cottage industry is helping legitimize his...
  • Henry Kissinger Looks Back on the Cold War.

    04/20/2019 10:47:11 PM PDT · by Rabin · 11 replies
    Council on Foreign Relations ^ | Nov 6, 2014 | CFR President Richard N. Haass
    This meeting is part of the 25th Anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall... Kissinger (now 94) reflects on the events, personalities, and thinking that characterized the United States and Soviet Union's leadership.
  • Stalin’s Approval Rating Among Russians Hits Record High – Poll

    04/16/2019 9:25:39 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 49 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Apr 2019 | Reuters
    A record 70 percent of Russians approve of Soviet leader Josef Stalin’s role in Russian history, according to a poll published by the independent Levada Center pollster on Tuesday. Stalin’s image has been gradually rehabilitated in the 2000s from that of a bloody autocrat to an “outstanding leader.” President Vladimir Putin has revived the Soviet anthem, Soviet-style military parades and a Soviet-era medal for labor during his presidency. A record low of 19 percent viewed Stalin’s role negatively, down from 32 percent in 2016. “Stalin begins to be perceived as a symbol of justice and an alternative to the current...
  • How to Watch (And Understand) Ukraine's Presidential Election

    03/29/2019 3:58:04 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 5 replies
    Radio Liberty ^ | Mar 29, 2019 | Christopher Miller
    KYIV - The choice is stark. Stay the slow and not-quite-steady course with a deeply unpopular but seasoned leader who knows the ropes and has taken Ukraine westward despite foot-dragging on reforms and a failure to tackle entrenched corruption. Go with another veteran, a political survivor with a dodgy past twice imprisoned by opponents who has lost two presidential elections but is banking on public disappointment and populist promises to carry her to victory. Or take a chance on a comedian with no experience in politics and governing but who has managed to tap into an antiestablishment mood similar to...
  • U.S. calls Russia deployment of planes to Venezuela 'reckless escalation'

    03/25/2019 10:09:37 PM PDT · by NorseViking · 20 replies
    Reuters ^ | March 25, 2019 | Lesley Wroughton, Brian Ellsworth
    WASHINGTON/CARACAS (Reuters) - The United States on Monday accused Russia of “reckless escalation” of the situation in Venezuela by deploying military planes and personnel to the crisis-stricken South American nation that Washington has hit with crippling sanctions. The Russian planes and military personnel arrived outside the Venezuelan capital Caracas on Saturday, according to local media reports, two months after the Trump administration disavowed President Nicolas Maduro. Washington has recognised opposition leader Juan Guaido as the country’s legitimate president and demands that Maduro leave power, which Russia has described as a U.S.-backed coup against the socialist government.
  • Estonia to commemorate victims on 70th anniversary of March Deportation {Commie murders}

    03/25/2019 1:27:49 PM PDT · by Cronos · 13 replies
    ERR ^ | 25 March 2019 | Aili Vahtla
    housands of candles will be lit all over Estonia on Monday to commemorate the tens of thousands of victims of the 1949 March Deportation. Between 25-28 March, more than 22,000 people in Estonia alone were forced from their homes and deported east, many to never return. 70 years ago, four days of deportations of local civilians from throughout the Soviet-occupied Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania began on 25 March in the meticulously organised Operation Priboi ("Coastal Surf").Over the course of the operation, more than 22,000 people from Estonia, and a total of more than 90,000 people across the Baltics, were forcibly...
  • A Peerless ‘War and Peace’ Film Is Restored to Its Former Glory

    03/12/2019 3:17:10 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 26 replies
    NY Times ^ | Feb 2019 | Joshua Barone
    It is no exaggeration to say that Sergei Bondarchuk’s 1960s adaptation of the Leo Tolstoy novel “War and Peace” is a singular feat of filmmaking that can never be repeated. If it were, a director would have to match the resources at Bondarchuk’s disposal — a virtually unlimited budget, props from Russia’s great museums, thousands of extras from the Soviet army — and engineer sprawling battle sequences using no computer-generated effects. The extraordinary support behind “War and Peace” is apparent in every lavish frame of its seven-plus hours, and it is staggering to witness — even more so in the...
  • Ocasio-Cortez: Trump’s “Moral Abomination” Of A Border Wall Is Just Like The Berlin Wall

    02/18/2019 5:58:21 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 105 replies
    Hot Air ^ | Febuary 18,2019 | ED MORRISSEY
    Er … suuuuure it is. The only way anyone could assert this with a straight face, let alone with the smug dismissal Ocasio-Cortez displays here, is to be entirely ignorant of the post-war history of Berlin, Germany, and the deep desire to flee the communist system in both. A quick search on “Berlin Wall history” for the woefully uneducated would land on this entry in Encylopaedia Britannica: In the years between 1949 and 1961, about 2.5 million East Germans had fled from East to West Germany, including steadily rising numbers of skilled workers, professionals, and intellectuals. Their loss threatened to...
  • We're Ready to Unite With Russia, Belarus Leader Lukashenko Says

    02/15/2019 4:05:03 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 19 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Feb 15, 2019
    Belarus is ready to merge with Russia, Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko said on the third and last day of his bilateral talks with President Vladimir Putin on Friday. Rumors resurfaced this year that Russia could annex Belarus as Putin’s constitutional term limits bar him from running for the presidency in 2024. “The two of us could unite tomorrow, no problem,” Lukashenko said in a video. “But are you – Russians and Belarussians – ready for it?” Lukashenko said as quoted by Interfax. “We’re ready to unite and consolidate our efforts, states and peoples as far as we’re ready.” Putin, meanwhile,...
  • India Reportedly Looks To Buy Unfinished Soviet-Era MiG-29s To Stave Off Fighter Shortage

    02/13/2019 6:55:42 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    The Drive ^ | February 13, 2019 | Joseph Trevithick
    Facing a steady decline in available fighter jets, the Indian Air Force is now reportedly in talks to buy 21 unfinished Soviet-era MiG-29 Fulcrums from Russia and have them completed in a modernized configuration. The proposed deal comes as India continues to struggle with a host of other fighter jet procurement efforts, most notably a more than decade long effort to purchase of more than a hundred new fighter jets, which is now effectively in its third incarnation. The Times of India was first to report on the possible acquisition of the MiG-29 hulks, which date to the late 1980s...
  • Feel the Bern: Shirtless Sanders Sings in 1980s Russian Sauna (VIDEO)

    01/29/2019 6:59:08 AM PST · by cornfedcowboy · 24 replies
    Sputnik News ^ | Jan 28, 2019
    When 30-year-old footage of Vermont’s independent senator, Bernie Sanders, singing drunk and shirtless in a sauna complex in the Soviet Union emerged on Twitter Monday, folks had a field day with it. Some found it endearing and amusing, but others were enraged by him palin’ around with Russians.
  • Exploring the rise of Soviet nostalgia in Russia

    01/24/2019 5:50:56 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 33 replies
    Document Journal ^ | Jan 24, 2019 | Caroline Christie
    Anya Fedotova is a 31-year-old Russian photo editor. She works in GUM, a state department store on the Red Square in Moscow. Every day she goes to work in what was once a prime example of democratized enterprise—an attempt to boost Communism through consumerism. On her way to the office, she passes by grandparents pointing out Soviet-era toys, accessories and tableware to their grandchildren, showing them what life was like back in the USSR. “It’s one of the centres of Soviet-era nostalgia,” she tells me. “Entire families come here to enjoy the atmosphere and eat Soviet ice-cream.” In a recent...
  • Stalin’s NKVD and Hitler’s Gestapo Cooperated Closely Even Before Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact

    01/13/2019 1:57:56 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 23 replies
    Eurasia - New Series ^ | Jan 12, 2019
    Perhaps the only thing that outrages Russian defenders of Stalin more than the obvious parallels between his regime and Hitler’s is any reference to the alliance the two dictators formed in 1939 with the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, one that opened the way to war in Europe and lasted until Hitler turned on his former ally in June 1941. But now there may be something even more offensive to such defenders of Stalin and his system: the discovery of documents which confirm that the NKVD cooperated closely with the Gestapo well before the Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact was signed and that may have paved...
  • Russian Minister Says 'Amoral' To Investigate Veracity of Soviet Wartime Legend

    12/03/2018 12:11:29 PM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 25 replies
    RFE/RL ^ | Dec 3, 2018 | Matthew Luxmoore
    "Even if this story were made up from start to finish, even if there had been no Panfilov, even if there had been nothing at all,"... "this is a sacred legend, which simply cannot be touched. And those who do so are washed-up scumbags." Russia's culture minister has revealed historical records that he claims prove the authenticity of a World War II legend largely debunked by historians, delivering the latest salvo in a long-running dispute that challenges the official narrative of the Soviet Union's war experience. Commonly referred to as "Panfilov's 28 men," the legend is among the most controversial...

    05/06/2005 9:01:20 AM PDT · by robowombat · 34 replies · 1,803+ views
    Volume 7, No. 3 - September 2003 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- THE COLD WAR'S LONGEST COVER-UP: HOW AND WHY THE USSR INSTIGATED THE 1967 WAR By Isabella Ginor The Soviet warning to Egypt about supposed Israeli troop concentrations on the Syrian border in May 1967 has long been considered a blunder that precipitated a war which the USSR neither desired nor expected. New evidence from Soviet and other Warsaw Pact documents, as well as memoirs of contemporary actors, contradicts this accepted theory. The author demonstrates that this warning was deliberate disinformation, part of a plan approved at the highest level of Soviet leadership...
  • Aged 97, survivor looks back on Stalin-era Ukraine famine

    11/23/2018 11:57:49 AM PST · by CondoleezzaProtege · 29 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | Nov 23, 2018
    Oksana Ostapenko was 12 years old and facing death from hunger when a stranger saved her life by taking the girl into his family and sharing the last of their food. Today, aged 97, the Ukrainian's voice trembles when she recalls the terrible famine that hit her country in the 1930s due to policies enforced by Joseph Stalin's police. "They came and took away all our grain..." The death toll of the famine - known as the "Holodomor" in Ukrainian - remains debated among historians. But Kiev authorities estimate the number of those who died at around four million, or...
  • Putin Celebrates Centenary of GRU Spy Agency

    11/03/2018 1:42:21 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 21 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Nov 3, 2018 | Reuters
    At a ceremony marking the centenary of Russia's military intelligence agency, Putin, in comments likely to be seen as provocative in the West, saluted its operatives for carrying out daring special operations and said they provided a model for a future generation. The GRU has been in the spotlight since two men whom London blames for the Skripal poisoning admitted on Russian TV they had been in Salisbury on the day of the attack, but said they had only been there to see the city's famous cathedral spire. The GRU was founded as the Registration Directorate in 1918 after the...