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  • Return of Stalingrad? Putin backs vote to change Russian city's name from Volgograd to Stalingrad

    06/12/2014 1:22:44 PM PDT · by WhiskeyX · 12 replies
    Ukraine News One ^ | Jun 9, 2014 | Ukraine News One
    Volgograd may become Stalingrad once again after Russian President Vladimir Putin indicated he was in in favour of a referendum to change the name back in honour of the battle which precipitated the end of WWII. Putin offered his support for the referendum idea from a group of Russian WWII veterans he met during a D-Day anniversary event in France on Sunday. The idea is not new but never proved popular enough to be adopted. However, with a wave of patriotism washing over Russia that may be changing.
  • St Petersburg village transformed into warzone as Siege of Leningrad re-enacted by historians..

    01/27/2014 11:38:24 AM PST · by C19fan · 19 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | January 27, 2014 | Staff
    World War II re-enactors today staged the final Siege of Leningrad battle in St Petersburg to mark the 70th anniversary of the fight which ended the Nazi blockade of the city. More than 400 history fans dressed up as Soviet Red Army soldiers and Nazi Germany troops to recreate the battle which ended one of the world's most deadliest sieges. The re-enactment took place in the village of Porogki in Leningrad - now known as St Petersburg - in front of hundreds of spectators.
  • End of Siege

    01/27/2009 9:11:17 AM PST · by pobeda1945 · 24 replies · 1,093+ views
    TIME ^ | Jan. 31, 1944
    At 9:20 on a misty morning the signal came. As the men moved out, they saw silhouetted the massive St. Isaac's Cathedral, the battered Admiralty, the grey ships on the Neva. On the broad, cold Nevski Prospect the passers-by guessed: the hour was near. Then all of Leningrad listened breathlessly to the music of battle. Like moles the Germans had burrowed deep into the alien earth; now thousands of tons of explosives dug them out. Victory's Pattern. The Russians struck from two points at once. One column drove south from the city. Another pushed out from the tiny beachhead at...
  • NEW HEADQUARTERS FOR GAZPROM - Boon or Bane for St. Petersburg?

    11/16/2006 12:04:17 AM PST · by Atlantic Bridge · 8 replies · 429+ views
    Der Spiegel ^ | November 15, 2006 | cgh
    Gazprom City is coming to St. Petersburg. But what will it look like? Six internationally known architects have submitted their designs. But locals are worried the city will lose its soul. Ruffling feathers has become something of a specialty for the Russian gas giant Gazprom. As the state-controlled company -- owner of 16 percent of the world's gas reserves -- expands into Europe, accusations have mounted that it uses gas prices as a political lever. Its recent decision to more than double the price paid by Georgia for gas, and its plan to quadruple prices for Belarus -- both price...
  • Russia: Arms Sanctions 'Not Possible' To Contest On Legal Grounds

    08/09/2006 2:35:06 PM PDT · by sergey1973 · 12 replies · 395+ views
    RFERL ^ | 08-08-2006 | RFERL
    PRAGUE, August 8, 2006 (RFE/RL) -- The United States has imposed sanctions on two major Russian arms dealers -- state arms exporter Rosoboroneksport and the aviation firm Sukhoi -- for allegedly selling high-tech equipment to Iran. The August 4 move has been widely condemned in Russia as an "unfriendly act" aimed at crippling Russia's arms industry. It comes against the backdrop of strained bilateral relations in recent weeks. Moscow and Washington have failed to reach agreement on Russia's World Trade Organization bid and continue to disagree on resolving the Middle East conflict and on dealing with Iran's nuclear program. And...
  • Venezuela, Belarus seal anti-imperialist alliance

    07/25/2006 9:18:24 PM PDT · by M. Espinola · 29 replies · 880+ views
    Reuters ^ | July 25th, 2006
    Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez said on Tuesday he had forged a strategic alliance to stand up to U.S. imperialism with fellow maverick Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko. "Our countries must keep their hands at the ready on the sword," Chavez, in ex-Soviet Belarus as part of a world tour, said on a visit to a military academy. "After a day of intensive work, we have created a strategic alliance between our countries," he said, speaking through an interpreter. "It is absolutely vital to protect our homeland, to guard against internal and external threats." "The jaws of imperialism and hegemonism have both...
  • Fifty Years Later, Russians Regard Stalin Positively

    03/04/2006 9:04:56 AM PST · by lizol · 39 replies · 846+ views
    Angus Reid ^ | March 4, 2006
    Fifty Years Later, Russians Regard Stalin Positively March 4, 2006 (Angus Reid Global Scan) – Many adults in Russia think the tenure of one of the most notorious Soviet leaders was beneficial, according to a poll by the Public Opinion Foundation. 47 per cent of respondents believe Josef Stalin played a positive role in the country’s history. Stalin was the second leader of the Soviet Union, taking over after the death of Vladimir Lenin in 1924. Stalin was responsible for a series of repressive campaigns—known as the Great Purge—during the 1930s. During his tenure, Stalin eliminated all possible political opposition...
  • Eleven Cities Want Dem Convention in 2008

    02/28/2006 11:37:13 AM PST · by rebrane · 40 replies · 2,338+ views
    AP ^ | Feb. 27, 2006 | Will Lester
    WASHINGTON Feb 27, 2006 (AP)-- Eleven cities have shown interest in playing host to the 2008 Democratic National Convention, twice the number of cities that applied to get the 2004 gathering. The DNC initially sent out letters to more than 30 cities, giving them an overview and finding out their level of interest. The 11 cities that said they were interested: Anaheim, Calif.; Dallas; Denver; Detroit; Las Vegas; Minneapolis; New Orleans; New York; Orlando, Fla.; Phoenix and San Antonio. Some of the cities are in critical swing states like Florida and Arizona, while others are in population centers like New...