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  • Russia's Super Strange Kiev-Class Aircraft Carriers: Submarine and Carrier-Killer?

    08/18/2017 8:25:49 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 7 replies
    The National Interest ^ | AUGUST 18, 2017 | Kyle Mizokami
    At the tail end of the Cold War, the Soviet Union produced a number of unique aircraft carriers. Known as the Kiev class, the carriers were the Soviets’ initial foray into the world of fixed wing naval aviation, and the only Soviet carriers to become fully operational. The story of the Kiev carriers is also the story of a land power forging a path to become a naval power, seeking to realize a fleet that could challenge the mighty U.S. Navy. The Kiev-class aircraft carriers had their origins in the tenure of Admiral Sergei Gorshkov. Appointed by Nikita Khrushchev to...
  • Why Soviet monuments should be protected (2014 article)

    08/15/2017 7:17:32 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 15 replies
    The Guardian ^ | September 29, 2014 | by Agata Pyzik
    Few reminders of Soviet rule are quite as powerful as the towering statues of Vladimir Lenin that, even now, keep watch over the region. And with fears that Russia is once again in the mood for expansion, it’s no surprise that these monuments to the Soviet legacy are under attack. Crowds cheered as Ukrainian nationalists tore down a statue of Lenin in the centre of Ukraine’s second-largest city, Kharkiv, yesterday – with the support of local officials. These acts show that memories of Soviet aggression are just as raw today as they were when the USSR fell. But is this...
  • Russians mark Putin’s 18th year in power by reprising Brezhnev-style anecdotes

    08/11/2017 5:37:23 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    Euromaidan Press ^ | 2017/08/10
    Eighteen years ago, Vladimir Putin was named Russian prime minister putting him on course to become the ruler of Russia under various titles ever since. Those born on August 9, 1999, who became legally adults today have never lived under any other leader. In the intervening period, Putin has won enormous authority not only among those who have known no other ruler but also among their elders, but he has also suffered the fate of previous Moscow rulers who remained in office a long time: he and his regime have become the subject of Russian anecdotes that resemble those Soviets...
  • The MiG-23: Russia's Worst Fighter Jet Ever?

    08/07/2017 8:08:55 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 32 replies
    The National Interest ^ | August 7, 2017 | Michael Peck
    In the 1980s, the U.S. Air Force's secret 4477th Test and Evaluation Squadron evaluated a collection of captured or donated Soviet aircraft to determine their strengths and weaknesses. On the whole, the expert test pilots were fond of the light, nimble and simple MiG-21. But not its successor. “The MiG-23 was a nightmare, maintenance was a nightmare. The guys hated flying it,” recalled a former 4477th squadron commander. The MiG-23 was the 1970s fighter that the West loved to mock as junk. What could one expect from an aircraft that NATO gave the sadomasochistic name of Flogger? With this year...
  • Putin slashing number of US diplomats in Russia by 755 people

    07/30/2017 12:19:26 PM PDT · by navysealdad · 81 replies
    Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a television interview that the U.S. must cut the size of its diplomatic force in his country by more than half, from about 1,210 to 455. Putin said Sunday that the cut will make the size of the U.S. diplomatic mission in his country equal to that of Russia's diplomatic corps in the U.S. "The personnel of the U.S. diplomatic missions in Russia will be cut by 755 people and will now equal the number of the Russian diplomatic personnel in the United States, 455 people on each side," Putin said in an interview...
  • The USSR’s Air-Dropped Fighting Vehicles Tore Through Cold War Conflicts

    07/20/2017 9:24:37 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 35 replies
    War is Boring ^ | July 20, 2017 | Sebastien Roblin
    Since the 1970s, the Russian military has possessed a diverse fleet of armored vehicles it can drop out of airplanes … with parachutes, of course. The BMD family of infantry fighting vehicles is armed to the teeth with autocannons, machine guns and anti-tank missiles. And despite being very much a product of the Cold War, the little fighting vehicles have continued to see combat — and the new BMD-4 variant is even packing a 100-millimeter gun. How did an airborne assault tank even come about? Following World War II, the Soviet Union expanded its elite air landing forces — a...
  • Stalin is named 'the most outstanding person' in history pushing Putin into second place...

    06/26/2017 4:17:23 PM PDT · by Fitzy_888 · 66 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 26 Jun 2017 | By Gareth Davies
    Soviet leader Josef Stalin has been named the most outstanding person in history in a Russian poll despite executing more than a million people in political purges. The survey by the Levada Center in Moscow released Monday showed 38 percent of those two took part chose Stalin. (...)
  • Yuri Drozdov: The man who turned Soviet spies into Americans

    06/24/2017 1:12:48 PM PDT · by Kid Shelleen · 26 replies
    BBC ^ | 06/23/2017 | Kevin Ponniah
    Yuri Drozdov once said it could take up to seven years to train an "illegal", the Soviet spies planted abroad under false or assumed identities, sometimes for decades. As former chief of the KGB intelligence agency's Directorate S, which managed the illegals programme, Drozdov knew more than most about what it took to prepare someone for the task. He had to train Soviet agents to talk, think and act, even subconsciously, like the regular American, Brit, German or Frenchman they would become from the moment they touched down on foreign soil. ---SNIP--- Yuri Drozdov, then a young KGB agent based...
  • Rhode Island psychiatrist exposed as an anti-American communist abuser

    06/24/2017 11:58:46 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 17 replies
    Mainestategop ^ | Brian Ball
    Meet Dr. Gabor Keitner, Ivy league Graduate of Psychiatry certified from several top universities in Canada and the United States including McMaster University of Canada. Gabor's specialty is Family therapy, clinical depression geriatric psychiatry and Autistic spectrum disorders. He is also a researcher at Brown University in Rhode Island. Keitner, who immigrated with his family to Montreal from Hungary in 1956, which was then a soviet republic was and still is a committed devotee to Communism and the principal teachings of Karl Marx. Although his family were refugees who fled communism during the rebellion in Budapest, there was enough...
  • George Earle Paid a Price for Being the Messenger

    04/18/2017 3:05:00 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    MainLine Today ^ | Mark E. Dixon
    The Lower Merion resident gave President Roosevelt some unpleasant news on the Soviet massacre.Gov. George H. Earle (wearing the spotlight cap) with striking coal miners in 1937 Most people who work for the president of the United States know not to bring him news he doesn’t want to hear. But some just can’t help themselves—and so they suffer the consequences. Take George H. Earle III of Lower Merion, who, in 1944, passed on to Franklin Roosevelt some unpleasant facts about the Soviet Union’s massacre of an estimated 22,000 Polish army officers in 1940. The Soviets had blamed the atrocity...
  • How Lenin’s Bolsheviks Brought Communism to Russia

    04/10/2017 3:45:06 PM PDT · by Epoch Times · 12 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | April 10, 2017 | Leo Timm
    All throughout 1917, the toils of war and cascading revolutionary activity overturned the Russian Czarist government and established the left-leaning but democratically principled Provisional Government. The new authorities made preparations to hold elections. For the many political philosophies and groups then existing in Russian intelligentsia, it was an exciting prospect. In March 1917, Czar Nicholas II was deposed and forced to abdicate following major bloodshed in St. Petersburg, then the capital of the Russian Empire. But the vast nation, containing many different cultures and races across about 20 percent of the world’s land area, had never been a democracy and...
  • A Soviet Fighter Plane’s Tragic Error Brought Us Google Maps

    04/09/2017 9:12:12 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 28 replies
    War is Boring ^ | April 9, 2017 | Sebastien Roblin
    The April 1978 shootdown of Korean Air Lines Flight 902 by a Soviet Su-15 fighter plane—which killed two passengers but spared 107 others—distressed the Soviet air force, not because it had shot down a civilian airliner, but rather that it had gotten so far into Soviet airspace before being intercepted. Five years later, a second encounter between Su-15s and a Korean airliner would result in far heavier loss of life. On Aug. 30, 1983, KAL Flight 007 departed from John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, bound for Seoul with 269 crew and passengers aboard. The 747 airliner made...
  • Rahm Emanuel Wants to Withhold Diplomas Until He's Seen Your 'Plans'

    04/07/2017 1:07:57 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 69 replies
    PJ Media ^ | April 7, 2017 | Tom Knighton
    Rahm Emanuel needs a few things about America explained to him. For example, "Mayor" is not synonymous with "Dad." And being coerced into doing what the government wants you to do with your life is not so compatible with liberty: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel has proposed a new policy that won't allow students to graduate from high school unless they present a plan to the government on what their post-graduation plans are. The proposal would require students to prove that they're entering some sort of educational or vocational program after graduation; a job offer or entering the military would also...
  • SUBWAY 'BLAST' St Petersburg underground rocked by ‘explosion’ on train causing injuries

    04/03/2017 5:23:50 AM PDT · by bryan999 · 7 replies
    ST Petersburg underground has reportedly been rocked by an “explosion” leaving several people injured. A shocking picture has emerged appearing to show a train door blown off – with catastrophic damage inside.
  • Satanists: Kill the disabled and homeless and those who help them

    03/26/2017 1:05:04 PM PDT · by mainestategop · 39 replies
    Okay, this  is pure gold I gotta share. I know its Sunday but this needs to be shared especially with atheists and skeptics who ridicule the faithful, say Christians are menace, a nuisance and so on. You think those of us who seek the lord and who are Christian are a threat equal to Islamic jihad? THINK AGAIN... This was shared with me by a friend. On a satanic forum called the 600 club, the satanists have basically advocated that all the homeless and disabled are parasites. For the homeless, the alternatives to mandatory excution are either A. Forced military...
  • Son Of A Stalinist Executioner: One Man's Lifelong Struggle To Understand Why

    01/23/2017 10:16:42 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 8 replies
    Radio Free Europe ^ | January 22, 2017 | Yulia Muchnik, Andrei Filimonov
    Valery Rodos has spent most of his 74 years coming to grips with a father he barely knew. "I would give my arm, my leg, my life if only my father had become a tailor like his father," Rodos told RFE/RL's Russian Service. Instead, Boris Rodos built an extraordinary career as a torturer and executioner in Soviet dictator Josef Stalin's dreaded secret police, the NKVD. Recruited as a junior lieutenant in December 1936, within two years the elder Rodos was the assistant to the head of the notorious political division in Moscow. He personally tortured the great Russian writer Isaac...
  • Was CIA Director Brennan's 1976 Vote for a Communist Just a Youthful Indiscretion?

    01/15/2017 10:00:32 PM PST · by VitacoreVision · 42 replies
    The New American ^ | 26 September 2016 | Bob Adelmann
    During a panel discussion Thursday at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s annual conference, CIA Director John Brennan was trying to make the point that just because an individual has an “activist” background, that wouldn’t, or shouldn’t, keep him from working for the federal government in sensitive positions. After all, he said, the CIA hired him even after he admitted voting for a communist in the 1976 presidential elections.In 1980, Brennan was trying to obtain a top security clearance for the Central Intelligence Agency, and part of the process involved taking a lie detector test. He was asked: “Have you ever...
  • Carter, Democrats Asked Soviets to Stop Reagan

    01/04/2017 2:57:35 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 18 replies
    FrontPage ^ | October 17, 2002 | Newsmax
    Remember the old conservative charge that many of the Democrats here in America were playing footsie with the Soviets? Some Republicans even said the Russians viewed the Democrats as their favorite party. Now bombshell revelations prove these accusations beyond a shadow of a doubt. Peter Schweizer, a Hoover Institution research fellow, has just written a new book, "Reagan's War: The Epic Story of His Forty-Year Struggle and Final Triumph Over Communism." This book may well force historians to revise the history of the Cold War. Schweizer, after scouring once-classified KGB, East German Stasi and Soviet Communist Party files, discovered incontrovertible...
  • Ted Kennedy Secretly Asked Soviets To Intervene In 1984 Elections

    01/04/2017 2:50:23 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 17 replies
    The Federalist ^ | March 10, 2015 | By Sean Davis
    Earlier this week, 47 Republican senators published an open letter informing the leaders of Iran that any nuclear deal with the United States that failed to be approved by the Senate would likely expire in 2017, once President Barack Obama’s term ended. The letter enraged progressives, who immediately began accusing the senators of treason for having the audacity to publish basic constitutional facts about how treaties work. If these progressives want to know what actual treason looks like, they should consult liberal lion Ted Kennedy, who not only allegedly sent secret messages to the Soviets in the midst of the...
  • HOW THE COLLAPSE OF THE USSR FELT FROM THE INSIDE

    01/01/2017 4:33:10 AM PST · by Lonesome in Massachussets · 39 replies
    Frontpage Mag ^ | December 30, 2016 | Oleg Atbashian
    25 years ago George Bush Sr. was still in office, and so was Saddam Hussein. The European Union didn't exist and neither did China's economic powerhouse. The Berlin wall had just come down and Germany had finally reunited. Hillary Clinton was a little-known mouthy First Lady of Arkansas and the media gleefully predicted that Donald Trump would never climb back to the top after his Atlantic City fiasco. On the other side of the Iron Curtain, the Eastern bloc was in shambles, but the USSR was still standing with Mikhail Gorbachev at the helm. Vladimir Putin dabbled in minor corruption...