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  • Alexei Leonov, the first human to walk in space, has died at age 85

    10/11/2019 7:08:02 AM PDT · by Borges · 32 replies
    CBS - AFP ^ | 10/11/2019
    Alexei Leonov, a Soviet-era cosmonaut who was the first human to conduct a spacewalk in 1965, died Friday in Moscow aged 85, his assistant said. "He died today in Moscow at the Burdenko hospital after a long illness," Natalia Filimonova told AFP. The Russian space agency Roscosmos said it was saddened to announce the death of "cosmonaut No 11" who was twice decorated with the country's top honor, the Hero of the Soviet Union.
  • Insiders: Why Not Prosecute Obama’s Secret Back Channel To Iran?

    12/02/2017 3:58:23 AM PST · by markomalley · 13 replies
    Big League Politics ^ | 12/1/17 | Patrick Howley
    National security insiders are trying to claim treason for the fact that President Donald Trump’s transition team discussed potentially setting up a phone call with the Russian ambassador to the United States.Trump and Russian president Vladimir Putin have met publicly on several occasions, and Russia maintains an active embassy in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C.The Hill reported: Former national security adviser Michael Flynn spoke with a “senior official” in President Trump’s transition team at the Mar-a-Lago resort to discuss what he should communicate to the Russian ambassador in a highly-scrutinized series of phone calls in December of 2016,...
  • Ukrainian Genocide: NY Times Still Covering Up

    09/15/2019 6:31:04 PM PDT · by george76 · 36 replies
    The New American Magazine ^ | 24 November 2008 | William F. Jasper
    Is the New York Times "airbrushing" history again? It would seem so. On Saturday, November 22, Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko presided over a commemoration in Kiev of the 75th anniversary of the famine genocide of 1932-1933 that took the lives of 7-10 million Ukrainians. Known as the Holodomor (Ukrainian for "murder by hunger"), it is one of the greatest mass murders in history, and one of the cruelest ... The New York Times prides itself on being the national "newspaper of record" and still carries its longtime motto, "All the News That's Fit to Print" in the upper left-hand corner...
  • Nostalgia for Soviet Past Helping Russians to Overcome Trauma of Loss

    08/13/2019 11:37:22 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 6 replies
    Soviet nostalgia in Russia has now become a major focus of scholarly research with researchers in many disciplines making contributions to its description and meaning. This research began in the West, but has engulfed many in the Russian Federation and the other post-Soviet states. “Societies which experience historical traumas, need anesthesia and psychotherapy,” sociologist Roman Abramov days. Millions of people not surprisingly respond to turning to a past real and often imagined to provide them with reassurance. That often takes the form of nostalgia for “the good old times,” which in the Russian case for many, but far from all,...
  • Rocket mystery: What weapon was Russia testing in Arctic?

    08/12/2019 6:19:25 PM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 57 replies
    BBC ^ | 12 Aug 2019
    The Russian state nuclear agency, Rosatom, said the experts had been testing a nuclear-powered engine. But it gave no further technical details. "These new systems have their origin in Soviet times - they've been taken off the shelves and given new investment." The five nuclear engineers who died were "elite" experts and "heroes" who knew of the risks and had conducted previous tests in "extraordinarily tough conditions", senior Rosatom official Valentin Kostyukov said. Soon after the blast the Severodvinsk administration reported a 40-minute spike in radiation in the city, and news of that prompted locals to buy up stocks of...
  • Putin marks 20 years in power

    08/09/2019 11:19:47 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 5 replies
    France24 ^ | Aug 9, 2019
    Twenty years ago on Friday, Russian president Boris Yeltsin appointed his fourth prime minister in less than 18 months: Vladimir Putin, then a relatively unknown security services chief with scant experience of politics. The departing Yeltsin was casting around for a successor and few could have predicted that two decades later Putin would still be ruling Russia, having taken on a dominant role in world affairs. But the anniversary comes at a time of uncertainty in the leader's reign. Putin's approval ratings remain at a level most Western leaders would envy but they have taken a hit from a stalling...
  • Obama’s Russia Problem: Obama's Links to Soviet-era Spy Rings and Terrorist Networks

    01/09/2017 1:20:31 AM PST · by Fedora · 65 replies
    Original research | 01/09/2017 | Fedora
    Since Obama has raised the alarm about alleged Russian espionage activity, it’s appropriate to shine a spotlight on his own administration’s connections to Soviet-era spy rings and terrorist networks. Obama and two of his key advisors, Valerie Jarrett and David Axelrod, were raised by families with members who are known either to have been in contact with Soviet agents or to have belonged to the Communist Party (CP) at a time when the CP was controlled by the Soviet Union. Associates of Obama’s campaign team and Jarrett’s family interacted with agents linked to the famous pair of spy rings known...
  • 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.
  • The Totally, Utterly Irrefutable Case Against Socialism

    07/16/2019 1:49:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | July 11, 2019 | Lee Edwards
    When a dozen of conservatism’s best minds take on Socialism and expose it for the utopian fraud it is, attention must be paid. In a brief foreword to a special issue of National Review, Editor-in-Chief Richard Lowry admitted that many conservatives thought socialism in America had been “vanquished” after the collapse of Soviet Communism 30 years ago. But as T. S. Eliot insisted, “There is no such thing as a Lost Cause because there is no such thing as a Gained Cause.” The experts examine socialism in its many guises, beginning with Charles Cooke’s blunt assessment that socialism is not...
  • Nixon Fan Detained in Russia for Installing Plaque to U.S. President

    07/15/2019 10:17:40 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 16 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | Jul 2019
    A senior citizen has been detained in Russia for attempting to install a plaque commemorating Richard Nixon’s visit to a small mining town dating back 70 years. Vice President Richard Nixon traveled to Degtyarsk in 1959 as part of his visit to the Soviet Union, which culminated in his so-called “Kitchen Debate” with Nikita Khrushchev. Local lore claims that Nixon had spent his teens in the small town, where his parents had allegedly worked, in the mid-to-late 1920s. Pyotr Kikilyk, 75, wanted to commemorate Nixon’s 1959 visit to Degtyarsk with a granite plaque over the weekend at the building of...
  • Vladimir Putin’s Russia is rehabilitating Stalin

    07/13/2019 10:25:25 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 47 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 10 July 2019 | Irina Sherbakova
    Great expectations characterised 1989...The Gorbachev era brought about a frenzy of change, and people witnessed incredible events on a weekly basis: they snatched up newspapers, hung on every word broadcast on TV, and with every passing day they felt more alive and free. By the mid-1990s, nostalgia for the Soviet period started to creep in. The greyness of the Brezhnev era, with its endless queues and empty shops, started to be recalled as a peaceful, prosperous time. And gradually something that had seemed impossible during perestroika, became real: Stalin’s shadow loomed large again. Vladimir Putin’s rise to power came accompanied...
  • Radiation Levels of Sunken Russian Nuclear Submarine 100,000 Times Higher Than Normal

    07/10/2019 1:19:29 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 50 replies
    Newsweek ^ | 7/10/19 | David Brennan
    Radiation levels in the water around a sunken Soviet-era nuclear submarine are some 100,000 times higher than normal, scientists have warned, raising fears that the K-278 Komsomolets may still pose a threat 30 years after it sunk. Norwegian scientists have been analyzing the area around the submarine, which came to rest on the floor of the Norwegian Sea after sinking on April 7, 1989. The accident—caused by a fire in the engine room—resulted in the deaths of 42 of the Komsomolets' 69 crew. Most were killed by radiation exposure while waiting for the Soviet navy to rescue them. The 400...
  • Open Letter: Elizabeth Warren is the right choice for NH children and parents

    06/30/2019 10:48:55 PM PDT · by conservative98 · 34 replies
    Manchester Ink Link ^ | June 30, 2019 | Jacqueline Chretien
    To the Editor: As a Representative in New Hampshire’s legislature, I hear from my neighbors every day about the challenges their families face. The time for us to elect a new president is fast approaching, and with this in mind, I believe no candidate is better qualified to address the concerns of the nation and New Hampshire than Elizabeth Warren. I am endorsing Elizabeth for many reasons, but especially because of her Universal Child Care plan. Child care and education have always been important to me, and I know firsthand that the scarcity and cost of high-quality child care is...
  • Why did socialism fail in the USSR?

    06/24/2019 1:58:15 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 55 replies
    Russia Beyond the Headlines ^ | June 18, 2019 | Georgy Manaev
    At the dawn of the USSR, hopes of the imminent global rule of communism soared high among leftists of the world. But in a few decades, it became clear that the socialistic ideals of Lenin had failed. How did this come to happen? “It is important to distinguish socialism from communism,” says Elena Malysheva, dean at the Division of Archival Studies at the Institute for History and Archives. “While socialism was the formal type of state administration of the USSR, communism was the ruling ideology. The project of the socialist state was initially utopian and populistic.” “The Soviet project contained...
  • Putin halts Russian flights to Georgia in wake of anti-Russia protests

    06/24/2019 11:47:20 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 24 replies
    CNN ^ | June 21, 2019 | George Kazarian and Simon Cullen
    Flights carrying Russians to nearby Georgia will be halted after anti-Russian protests flared in the former Soviet republic. Russian President Vladimir Putin has issued a temporary flight ban to begin next month, state news agency TASS reported on Friday. It added that Putin has also ordered the repatriation of Russian citizens temporarily living in Georgia. "Starting on July 8, 2019, Russian airlines are temporarily prohibited from carrying out air transportation (including commercial) of citizens from the territory of the Russian Federation to the territory of Georgia," TASS said. The announcement comes after Thursday's large-scale demonstrations by Georgian protestors against a...
  • Belarusian Nobel Laureate Says HBO Series Has 'Completely Changed Perception' Of Chernobyl

    06/13/2019 3:19:26 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 9 replies
    RFE/RL ^ | June 2019 | Anna Sous, Tony Wesolowsky
    Belarus's Nobel laureate Svetlana Alexievich rolled her eyes when the creators of Chernobyl approached her for permission to use material from her book "Voices From Chernobyl" for the hit HBO miniseries. "I told my agent, 'Galya, they're going to make another film...' I was far from convinced. The only thing that convinced me, maybe, was the fee..." However..."It really impressed me. It is a very strong film. There is something there in the aesthetics that touches the modern consciousness. There is a dose of fear. There is reasoning. There is beauty. That is something that has always worried me about...
  • 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...
  • Could climate change make Siberia more habitable?

    06/09/2019 5:29:40 AM PDT · by Salman · 56 replies
    Science Daily ^ | June 6, 2019 | IOP Publishing
    Large parts of Asian Russia could become habitable by the late 21st century due to climate change, new research has found. A study team from the Krasnoyarsk Federal Research Center, Russia, and the National Institute of Aerospace, USA, used current and predicted climate scenarios to examine the climate comfort of Asian Russia and work out the potential for human settlement throughout the 21st century. They published their results today in Environmental Research Letters. At 13 million square kilometres Asian Russia -- east of the Urals towards the Pacific -- accounts for 77 per cent of Russia's land area. Its population,...
  • Protesters tear down Zhukov bust in Ukraine

    06/09/2019 3:44:01 AM PDT · by NorseViking · 59 replies
    AP by Fox ^ | June 3, 2019
    MOSCOW – Protesters have torn down a towering bust of Soviet military hero Marshal Georgy Zhukov in Ukraine's second-largest city. Destruction of the monument in Kharkiv on Sunday came amid protests by an array of far-right and nationalist groups against an organizing session for a new political party. The party is led by the mayors of Kharkiv and Odesa, both of whom were members of the party of Viktor Yanukovych, the pro-Russia president ousted amid bloody protests in 2014. The protesters said the bust violated Ukraine's law banning Communist symbols. A crowd of hundreds cheered as protesters tugged on a...
  • Russia to call on UN to recognize their WWII victory as ‘heritage of humanity’

    06/08/2019 7:19:06 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 55 replies
    RT ^ | June 2019
    Russia will address the United Nations to declare victory in World War II as the ‘heritage of humanity,’ while also making the monuments to those who fought against the Nazis as part of a global memorial. The speaker of the Upper House of the Russian Parliament, Valentina Matviyenko, shared those plans with UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, during the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF). Russian MPs have already made the same offer to their colleagues in foreign parliaments, she added. The Federation Council speaker vowed that the parliament will to do everything to make sure “that no dirty hand will...