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  • Lenin Should be Buried, Stalin Returned to Georgia - Kadyrov

    04/13/2018 6:12:44 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Interfax ^ | 4/13/18
    Moscow, April 13, Interfax - A prompt decision needs to be made on the burial of the remains of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin and on the transfer of the remains of Joseph Stalin to Georgia, Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of Chechnya, said. "If I was asked, I would make this decision today, without waiting until tomorrow. Why torture Lenin's dead body, clean it constantly, keep this mummy? Who needs it? He is not a holy person. I am firmly convinced that Lenin's remains should be buried and Stalin's remains should be sent to his homeland, to Georgia," he said in...
  • The Cold War Roots of Islamist Terrorism

    04/11/2018 8:55:14 AM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 10 replies
    RFE/RL ^ | Eugen Tomiuc
    The highest-ranking intelligence officer ever to defect from the Eastern Bloc says the Soviet Union orchestrated an anti-American and anti-Israeli propaganda campaign in the Middle East four decades ago -- and the effects of the effort still reverberate. The Middle East was a key battlefield in the Cold War, and Moscow spent considerable resources courting Arab states in the region and vocally backing the Palestinian cause. Humiliated by the defeat of the Soviet-backed Arab states in their 1967 war against Israel, Yuri Andropov devised the operation to discredit the Jewish state and present Zionism as "Nazi-style racism" while at the...
  • Russia's Tragic Abortion Tale

    03/31/2018 11:23:44 AM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 29 replies
    Live Action ^ | 2014 | Becky Yeh
    In 1920, under Bolshevik rule, Russia was the first country to legalize abortion up to birth without restrictions. The method by Lenin’s political faction was a way to destroy the family unit and to free women into the workforce. The Bolsheviks even designed the machine for suction abortions that is still used widely in abortion clinics across America. Joseph Stalin outlawed the practice in 1936, and it remained illegal in the country until after his death in 1953. Until recently, Russian women reportedly had seven abortions over their lifetime. In 2003, BBC reported there were 13 abortions for every 10...
  • FBI questions Ted Malloch, Trump campaign figure and Farage ally (Mueller Watch)

    03/30/2018 12:07:58 AM PDT · by blueplum · 52 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 30 Mar 2018 | Stephanie Kirchgaessner
    American once touted as possible ambassador to EU tells of being detained at Boston airport and subpoenaed by Robert Mueller’s Trump-Russia inquiry {snip} In a statement sent to the Guardian, Malloch, who described himself as a policy wonk and defender of Trump, said the FBI also asked him about his relationship with Roger Stone, the Republican strategist, and whether he had ever visited the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where the Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has resided for nearly six years. In a detailed statement about the experience, which he described as bewildering and intimidating at times, Malloch said the federal...
  • God in the Gulag: Christianity's Survival in Soviet Russia

    03/30/2018 10:57:45 AM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 4 replies
    Augustine Collective ^ | Winter 2011 | Alexandra Heywood
    If the Russian Communists were to succeed in establish­ing a perfect society on earth, they needed to eradicate a faith that believed this to be impossible. Christianity teaches that God alone is free from imperfection and that the redemption and perfection of the world is to be realized only in the Resurrection. To eliminate such a compromis­ing element in society, the Soviet government organized attacks that infiltrated every layer of religious life. Christianity in the Soviet Union was forced to endure under the hostile and often deadly condi­tions of the Gulag. Solzhenitsyn, himself a prisoner in the Gulag, ob­served that:...
  • North Carolina City Officials Reject Plan For Monument Honoring Soviet Aviators

    03/29/2018 11:06:58 AM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 54 replies
    RFE/RL ^ | Mar 2018 | Associated Press
    The Russian Ministry of Defense is looking to install the 25-ton monument in Elizabeth City, which is the near the headquarters of a secret WWII mission called "Project Zebra," in which hundreds of Soviet aviators were trained at a time when U.S. and Soviet forces were allied in the fight against the Nazis. But the Elizabeth City council voted 5-3 on March 23 against a previously signed memorandum of understanding. If the plan had come to fruition, the Russian Defense Ministry would have paid for the monument, with the city then covering some $228,000 for improvements to the park where...
  • "Russian Launch Failures Aren’t a Bug, They’re a Feature"

    03/26/2018 8:27:16 AM PDT · by Voption · 15 replies
    Parabloic Arc ^ | March 26, 2018 | Doug Messier Managing Editor
    "Over the past few years, I’ve been keeping track of Russia’s annual launch failures. For reasons I can’t quite recall, the table I’ve used only went back to 2009. Recently, I saw a graphic on a Russian website about launch failures, and I realized I hadn’t gone back far enough. So, I dug into the records of the last 30 years from 1988 through 2017, which covers Russia and the last four years of the Soviet Union. And holy crap! There were a helluva lot of them. Launch failures are not a bug in the system, they’re a feature..."
  • History: War hero Wallenberg was executed in Soviet gulag

    02/20/2018 1:34:22 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 12 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Ian Traynor
    A senior Russian official finally admitted that Stalin's secret police shot dead Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved tens of thousands of central European Jews from the gas chambers of Auschwitz in 1944 and 1945. For decades the Soviet authorities insisted that Wallenberg had died of a heart attack in 1947 in a Soviet prison, but speculation about his fate grew into a full-blown mystery as gulag inmates surfaced to report sightings of the Swede in Siberia into the 1950s.
  • Russian Interference Warning from 2015: Russia has Reached its Own Very Different 'End of History'

    02/16/2018 2:06:33 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 35 replies
    The Interpreter ^ | July 2015 | Irina Pavlova
    Russia is now experiencing its own “end of history,” but it has turned out to be “not liberal democracy but a new turn back to the enslavement of Russian society, the consequences of which will be its further degradation with prospects that are dangerous both for the country itself and for the entire world.” The West generally and the US in particular need to display both wisdom and political will to effectively oppose the political challenge the Kremlin now presents. It has been an unwelcome surprise for Western publics how well the Kremlin and its ‘information forces’ have studied the...
  • Flashback: Yuri N. Afanasyev, Historian Who Warned Against Putin, Repudiated Communism, Dies at 81

    02/10/2018 3:28:27 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 11 replies
    NY Times ^ | 2015 | Sophia Kishkovsky
    Yuri N. Afanasyev, a Russian historian and former Communist loyalist who became a leading democratic politician in the late Soviet era ...died Sept. 14. He was 81. In 1989, Mr. Afanasyev helped found Memorial, an organization dedicated to exposing Stalin’s atrocities and commemorating the victims. That year he also joined the Soviet Union’s first freely elected parliamentary body, the Congress of People’s Deputies, which was created under Mr. Gorbachev’s reforms. But he grew disenchanted, doubting that its unwieldy mix of Stalinists, democrats and Communist Party functionaries could bring about change, and denouncing both its “aggressively obedient majority” and Mr. Gorbachev....
  • Warped Mourning: Stories of the Undead in the Land of the Unburied

    02/07/2018 6:54:16 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose
    Stanford University Press ^ | 2018 | Alexander Etkind
    After Stalin's death in 1953, the Soviet Union dismantled the enormous system of terror and torture that he had created. But there has never been any Russian ban on former party functionaries, nor any external authority to dispense justice. Memorials to the Soviet victims are inadequate, and their families have received no significant compensation. This book's premise is that late Soviet and post-Soviet culture, haunted by its past, has produced a unique set of memorial practices. More than twenty years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia remains "the land of the unburied": the events of the mid-twentieth century...
  • Putin Repeating Seven Mistakes Soviet Leaders Made Before 1991

    02/07/2018 12:41:13 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 30 replies
    Window on Eurasia (translation) ^ | Feb 7, 2018 | Igor Eidman
    1. Putin like Gorbachev has entered an arms race with a weak economy that can’t support it. 2. Putin has gotten involved in long-running foreign policy “adventures,” Afghanistan in the case of Gorbachev who ultimately got out of that one and Putin in the case of Ukraine. 3. Putin is prepared to fund all the misfits of the world who are prepared to support him just as Soviet leaders including Gorbachev until the money ran out were prepared to back those of “’a socialist orientation.’” 4. Putin is spending enormous sums on “pompous celebrations and ‘projects of the century’ like...
  • Russia's Gulag camps cast in forgiving light of Putin nationalism

    02/05/2018 1:50:23 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 20 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Shaun Walker
    In today’s Russia it is not fashionable to delve too deeply into Gulag history, and 60-year-old Panikarov’s collection is one of just two museums devoted entirely to the Gulag in the whole country. Indeed, even Panikarov himself has a somewhat surprising view: “We should not have one-sided evaluations... “It was fashionable to say bad things about the USSR. Now it is again fashionable to insult Russia. We have sanctions against us. The west looks for negative things.” Panikarov’s views on the Gulag are part of a larger trend. With the Soviet victory in the second world war elevated to a...
  • Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine

    02/03/2018 2:27:44 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 13 replies
    Amazon ^ | 2017 | Anne Applebaum
    In 1929 Stalin launched his policy of agricultural collectivization—in effect a second Russian revolution—which forced millions of peasants off their land and onto collective farms. The result was a catastrophic famine, the most lethal in European history. At least five million people died between 1931 and 1933 in the USSR. But instead of sending relief the Soviet state made use of the catastrophe to rid itself of a political problem. In Red Famine, Anne Applebaum argues that more than three million of those dead were Ukrainians who perished not because they were accidental victims of a bad policy but because...
  • GULAG: Understanding the Magnitude of What Happened

    02/02/2018 8:32:53 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 13 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | Anne Applebaum
    One of the things that always strikes contemporary visitors to Russia is the lack of monuments to the victims of Stalin's execution squads and concentration camps. There are a few scattered memorials, but no national monument or place of mourning. Worse, 15 years after glasnost, 10 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, there have been no trials, no truth and reconciliation commissions, no government inquiries into what happened in the past, and no public debate. This was not always the case. During the 1980s, when glasnost was just beginning in Russia, Gulag survivors' memoirs sold millions of copies,...
  • Putin's Condolences following the death of Fidel Castro in 2016

    01/28/2018 11:02:24 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 45 replies
    Kremlin.ru ^ | November 26, 2016 | Vladimir Putin
    “I offer my deepest condolences to you and the entire Cuban nation over the death of your brother, the leader of the Cuban revolution Fidel Castro. The name of this remarkable statesman is rightfully viewed as a symbol of a whole era in modern history. Free and independent Cuba built by him and his fellow revolutionaries has become an influential member of the international community and serves as an inspiring example for many countries and peoples. Fidel Castro was a sincere and reliable friend of Russia. He made a tremendous personal contribution to the establishment and progress of Russian-Cuban...
  • North Korea: How Kim Jong Un's Family Was Picked by Russia To Lead and Threaten America

    01/22/2018 9:50:36 AM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 16 replies
    Born in 1912, Kim Il Sung went to the Soviet Far East in the 1930s to train with Stalin's military during the war against Japan, which had occupied the Korean peninsula since 1910. The North makes much of Kim, the heroic soldier. But whether he actually fought against the Japanese is a matter of debate. What's clear is that Stalin believed Kim was trustworthy, and after the Soviet invasion of the peninsula in 1945, installed him as the Communist leader in the North. A virtual unknown in his country, he seized power with considerable help from the Soviet Union and...
  • Senate Panel To Hear Testimony From Businessman Targeted By Trump Dossier Firm

    07/12/2017 10:41:58 PM PDT · by Fedora · 33 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 07/10/2017 | Chuck Ross
    A London-based businessman who was investigated last year by the opposition research firm behind the so-called Trump dossier will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee next week, The Daily Caller has learned.Bill Browder says that he will “definitely” be testifying about a complaint he filed with the Justice Department last year in which he accused Fusion GPS, the firm behind the dossier, and a former Soviet intelligence officer named Rinat Akhmetshin of violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), a law requiring agents of foreign governments to disclose their lobbying and consulting work.Founded by former Wall Street Journal reporter Glenn...
  • Iconic MiG-21 Soviet fighter reaches twilight years in Europe

    01/18/2018 7:59:22 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 13 replies
    STARS AND STRIPES ^ | January 18, 2018 | SLOBODAN LEKIC
    KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — During the Cold War, the MiG-21 fighter and the Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifle epitomized the might of the Soviet Bloc as it confronted the West in Europe. Although the MiG-21 — dubbed Fishbed by NATO — never saw combat in a NATO-Warsaw Pact war, the most iconic Soviet fighter of the jet age frequently tangled with American and other Western warplanes in hot wars in Vietnam, the Middle East and Africa. But nearly 60 years after it first entered front-line service with the Soviet air force — and 33 years since production ceased — the single-engine interceptor...
  • 'They raped every German female from eight to 80'

    01/18/2018 1:30:31 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 136 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Antony Beevor
    The Soviet armies advancing into East Prussia in January 1945, in huge, long columns, were an extraordinary mixture of modern and medieval: tank troops in padded black helmets, Cossack cavalrymen on shaggy mounts with loot strapped to the saddle, lend-lease Studebakers and Dodges towing light field guns, and then a second echelon in horse-drawn carts. The variety of character among the soldiers was almost as great as that of their military equipment. There were freebooters who drank and raped quite shamelessly, and there were idealistic, austere communists and members of the intelligentsia appalled by such behaviour. Beria and Stalin, back...