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  • 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...
  • US, Russian Navies Exchange Accusations After Near-Collision In East China Sea

    06/07/2019 7:44:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 74 replies
    Hotair ^ | 06/07/2019 | Ed Morrissey
    The brinksmanship between Russian and US militaries has expanded from the air to the sea — and it nearly created a collision today near the Philippines. Just a few days after a mid-air confrontation over the Mediterranean Sea made headlines, the two navies are pointing the finger at each other as well. This time, the US Navy says it will declassify images to show the “unsafe and unprofessional” practices of the Russian navy: A US Navy warship nearly collides with a Russian warship in East China Sea.To avoid a collision "the US Navy ship went full engines back, as...
  • Russia Claims John Kerry Secretly Approved of Crimea Invasion

    06/07/2019 6:43:44 AM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 23 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 6 Jun 2019 | Hayward
    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with Russian media on Thursday that former Secretary of State John Kerry approved of Russia’s 2014 annexation of the Crimean peninsula, believing the residents were overwhelmingly in favor of “reuniting” with Russia. According to Lavrov, Kerry’s main criticism of Russia’s actions was to suggest holding another referendum to reinforce the legitimacy of annexation. Russia’s summarized Lavrov’s comments to the RBK news service: I won’t reveal a big secret if I say that John Kerry was telling me in April 2014: ‘Everything is clear. Everything happened the way the Crimean people...
  • Why 'Putin's personal army' chief visited Turkey

    06/05/2019 1:12:52 AM PDT · by NorseViking · 4 replies
    Al-Monitor ^ | May 22, 2019
    The unannounced visit to Turkey of the chief of the Russian National Guard — an internal security establishment also known as Vladimir Putin’s personal army — will undoubtedly be given hard scrutiny by Western capitals amid increasing criticism of Turkey’s drift away from its NATO allies. Viktor Zolotov, the head of the Russian National Guard, Rosgvardiya, a security unit that oversees anti-riot police and SWAT teams, paid a surprise visit to the capital, Ankara, from May 13-18 with a “heavily loaded” agenda, Turkish security sources told Al-Monitor. Although his Russian delegation's carefully crafted schedule didn't include any direct contact with...
  • Russia is making its own 'correct' version of Chernobyl that will blame AMERICA and the CIA

    06/07/2019 7:33:50 AM PDT · by Krosan · 30 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6 June 2019 | KEITH GRIFFITH
    Furious at the breakout success of the HBO series Chernobyl, Russia is planning to make its own series portraying the nuclear disaster as the work of an American CIA operative. Russian television broadcaster NTV announced that it had commissioned the series, and principal photography has already begun in Belarus under director Alexei Muradov. In response to the HBO series' depiction of Soviet bureaucrats bungling the response both during and after the 1986 nuclear accident in the Ukrainian SSR, the Russian version plans to tell the tale of a heroic KGB agent trying to thwart a supposed CIA sabotage plot. 'One...
  • Russia is making its own 'correct' version of Chernobyl that will blame AMERICA and the CIA [tr]

    06/07/2019 7:17:07 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | June 7, 2019 | Keith Griffith
    Furious at the breakout success of the HBO series Chernobyl, Russia is planning to make its own series portraying the nuclear disaster as the work of an American CIA operative. Russian television broadcaster NTV announced that it had commissioned the series, and principal photography has already begun in Belarus under director Alexei Muradov. In response to the HBO series' depiction of Soviet bureaucrats bungling the response both during and after the 1986 nuclear accident in the Ukrainian SSR, the Russian version plans to tell the tale of a heroic KGB agent trying to thwart a supposed CIA sabotage plot.
  • Kremlin Says D-Day Wasn't Decisive in Ending World War II

    06/05/2019 6:24:22 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 192 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | June 5 2019 | Reuters
    Russia told the West on Wednesday the Normandy landings on D-Day in 1944 did not play a decisive role in ending World War II and that the Allied war effort should not be exaggerated. Moscow's comments might irk war veterans in Britain where the 75th anniversary on Wednesday of the largest seaborne invasion in history was marked at a ceremony in Portsmouth attended by Queen Elizabeth and world leaders including Donald Trump and Angela Merkel. Speaking at a weekly news conference in Moscow, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova offered a tribute to those who died on the western front of...
  • Bernie Sanders: Soviet Union, Venezuela don't count as examples of failed socialism

    06/05/2019 1:33:15 PM PDT · by G Larry · 65 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6-4-19 | Liam Quinn
    When criticizing socialism, don’t bring up the Soviet Union or Venezuela to Bernie Sanders. Sanders, I-Vt., dismissed the connection between the failed socialist states and his own vision for America, during an interview on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” Tuesday. “Obviously, Soviet Union was an authoritarian society with no democratic rights, and I think if you know history, you know the democratic socialists fought and stood up against that,” the 2020 Democratic hopeful said. “You can look at what existed in the Soviet Union or Venezuela, that is not what I’m talking about at all.”
  • 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...
  • The family that could save Europe

    06/04/2019 9:24:36 AM PDT · by Antoninus · 25 replies
    UK Herald ^ | May 20, 2019 | Charles Coulombe
    A little over a hundred years ago, Emperor Karl of Austria, his wife Zita and their small children were forced to leave their last refuge in Austria for Swiss exile. Two abortive attempts to regain the Austrian throne led to their exile and his death in Madeira. Over the following decades the imperial exiles made the best of things, with the heir, Archduke Otto, trying first to catalyse resistance to Hitler on Austria’s part, and then with more success to ensure that the victorious Allies would treat Austria as a victim rather than a perpetrator. Austria was fortunate: after 1955...
  • 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...
  • Samizdat America

    05/25/2019 7:32:27 PM PDT · by vannrox · 5 replies
    Eric Peters Autos ^ | 20MAY19 | eric
    America is now at the Samizdat stage. For those not hip, Samizdat refers to the underground press in the old Soviet Union. The government had almost total control over public discourse; today, it’s private corporations. Which is worse because it has the sheen of “free market” and “private property” – which provides the basis for doltish intellectuals to defend it. Only government can censor, they exclaim! Very true. But when private companies can suppress speech generally – it amounts to the same thing.
  • A sad story of Yuri Gagarian; The Soviet Unions greatest ship (trunc)

    05/07/2019 4:46:11 AM PDT · by vannrox · 23 replies ^ | 24feb17 | tim
    Yuri Gagarin was a Soviet science flagship. Was built in Leningrad in 1971. It’s 231 m long, and 32 m wide. Main engine has 14 000 kWt power. The crew is 136 people and also 220 scientists can travel and do their work. It has 1250 rooms, including 86 science labs. It was built to be able to communicate via satellites with all top important things in Russia.  It had served variety of tasks. Most mind blowing is to come to Pacific and track Soviet missiles that were fired from USSR to the middle of nowhere in Pacific. Also...