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  • Prague to remove statue of Soviet marshal who led Red Army forces

    09/12/2019 2:34:30 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 41 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/12/2019
    A district assembly in Prague voted on Thursday to remove a statue of a Soviet World War Two marshal and replace it with a more general memorial following a row that has drawn in the Czech president and Russian authorities. The statue of Marshal Ivan Konev, who led the Red Army forces that liberated most of Czechoslovakia and entered Prague on May 9, 1945, was erected in 1980. It has been the subject of controversy since the 1989 fall of communism because of Konev’s later endeavors, which included a leading role in crushing the 1956 Hungarian uprising as well as...
  • Mock Execution Of World War II 'Traitor' In Siberia Misfires For Many

    08/26/2019 3:17:08 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 10 replies
    RFE/RL ^ | Aug 2019 | Matt Luxmoore
    "Subject to execution by firing squad!" The words rang out this weekend in a Siberian field near the border with Kazakhstan. "The decision is final and cannot be appealed." Three men with Kalashnikovs and military uniforms seized a third man wearing peasant clothing and shouting "I repent!" and "They forced me to do it!" Two shots were fired. The man fell to the ground. "Death to traitors!" a voice shouted through a microphone, as the crowd began to applaud. The guns were fake, the man acting, and the WWII uniforms part of a family oriented history festival at which this...
  • Captivating Colorized Portraits of Russian Fighters In World War 1

    02/26/2019 5:26:12 AM PST · by vannrox · 36 replies
    FlashBAK ^ | 22FEB19 | By Karen Strike
    "The most thrilling part of the coloring process is when suddenly the person looks back at you as if he’s alive" - Olga Shirnina “My heart yearned to be there, in the boiling caldron of war, to be baptized in its fire and scorched in its lava” – Maria Bochkareva, commander of the Russian Women’s death battalion in her 1919 autobiography Yashka, My Life as Peasant, Officer and Exile.  Maria Bochkareva Color can bring the past to the present, giving black and white images a spritz of life. We’ve seen color photos of the Russian Empire in Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii’s...
  • The Tanks Are Coming: Russia Introduces Tank Units to Airborne Forces and Naval Infantry

    04/04/2018 9:47:16 PM PDT · by ameribbean expat · 29 replies
    The Airborne Troops (Vozdushno-Desantnye Voyska—VDV) have been much less affected by the military reforms initiated in 2008 than any of the other services in the Russian Armed Forces. Unlike the Ground Forces, the VDV has pointedly retained its divisional structure, despite plans to move toward a brigade-centric model in both 2009 and 2012 (Vzglyad, May 27, 2009; April 9, 2012). That said, however, the VDV’s units have undergone certain notable changes regarding their number and organization, as well as concerning the provision of new equipment. For instance, in 2013, three air-assault brigades were resubordinated to the VDV (The 11th, 56th...
  • Russia warns Poland not to touch Soviet WW2 memorials

    01/28/2018 12:32:58 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 85 replies
    The Red Army's defeat of Nazi German forces on Polish soil in 1944-1945 remains a thorny issue in Russian-Polish relations. Many Poles viewed the Red Army as an occupation force, not as liberators, as the 1939 Nazi-Soviet pact had carved up Poland between two dictatorships. Poland updated its "de-communisation" legislation, banning "totalitarian" symbols, which would include Soviet propaganda monuments. The Russian foreign ministry condemned the new Polish "de-communisation" law as "an outrageous provocation", and warned of unspecified "consequences". "The USSR paid the highest price to liberate Poland - on that country's soil, in battles with the enemy, more than 600,000...
  • '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...
  • 1945 Soviets vs Allied: Who Would Have Won?

    01/26/2017 1:06:09 PM PST · by Rebelbase · 101 replies
    Youtube ^ | Feb 9, 2016 | zvallid
    On 8 may 1945, Germany surrenders.WWII in Europe is over. Europe is divided in half. Soviet in the east, Allied in the West. But Who would have won if war broke out between the Allied and Soviets if they decided to declare all out war against each other in May 1945? Allied even prepared a battle plain: Operation Unthinkable was a code name of a plan of a conflict between the Western Allies and the Soviet Union. - SUBTITLES AVAILABLE -
  • It's Time for The Long March

    09/03/2015 6:37:12 AM PDT · by lifeofgrace · 8 replies
    sgberman.com ^ | 9/2/15 | Steve Berman
    Over a year’s time, from October 1934 to the following October, the Chinese Red Army undertook “The Long March”—a grueling 6,000 mile circling retreat from the Nationalist forces of Chiang Kai-shek. During that year, the Red Army suffered nearly 90 percent losses, crossing 18 mountain ranges and 24 rivers to arrive at its new base at Shaanxi, in northwest China. The GOP has many lessons to learn from the Chinese Communists. When the Long March began, Zhu De and Zhou Enlai led the Chinese Communist Party.  By the end, Mao Zedong was in complete control.  Prior to 1934, Mao’s guerilla...
  • 70 years on, little known about the Wilhelm Gustloff sinking (deadliest ever shipwreck anniversary)

    02/01/2015 2:57:53 AM PST · by Paid_Russian_Troll · 121 replies
    Over 9,000 people died in the Baltic Sea on January 30, 1945, in an attempt to evade the Red Army. The Wilhelm Gustloff was the largest shipwreck in history, but little is known about the catastrophe seven decades on. At around 9 p.m. on January 30, 1945, Adolf Hitler was speaking to the German people. In the packed dining hall of the luxury liner "Wilhelm Gustloff," as in most of the rest of the country, a radio was broadcasting Hitler's address, but the thousands of refugees from Pomerania and East and West Prussia who had struggled onto the ship weren't...
  • Just What Was Fundamentally Wrong with Bolshevism?

    11/29/2012 5:29:21 AM PST · by SJackson · 53 replies
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | November 29, 2012 | Steven Plaut
    I recently read the new biography of Trotsky by Oxford don Robert Service, published in 2009 by Pan Books. It is well-written and surprisingly interesting. The book does a great public service in describing the life of the actual Trotsky, whose previous “biographies” were little more than hagiographies written by his toady worshippers (people like Isaac Deutscher). The last time that I had taken any interest in Trotsky was when I was a teenager and had fleeting delusions of believing in “socialism.” Reading the new book as an adult and as an economist, I found it a useful opportunity to...
  • The Man Who Killed Leon Trotsky

    01/15/2009 11:58:28 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 18 replies · 1,869+ views
    typicallyspanish.com ^ | Dec 28, 2008
    Ramón Mercader from Barcelona killed Trotsky with an ice axe in Mexico City. On 20th August 1940, the exiled Leon Trotsky was fatally wounded at his home in a suburb of Mexico City when an ice axe was driven into his skull. He cried out to his guards as they burst into his study, ‘Don’t kill him! He must talk.’ Despite struggling fiercely, and even managing to bite the hand of his assassin, Trotsky died the next day, and the man who wielded the murder weapon was sentenced to 20 years in prison. He insisted throughout his trial and his...
  • The World War Three Files

    02/26/2012 1:24:46 AM PST · by U-238 · 23 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 2/25/2012 | Donovan Sanderbrook
    March 1981, and inside 10 Downing Street, Margaret Thatcher is confronting the most terrible dilemma any British Prime Minister has ever faced. The news could hardly be worse. Across Britain, tens of thousands of terrified people are streaming out of the major cities. Looting is widespread, while every day brings bomb attacks at railway stations and RAF bases. Abroad, the Red Army has sliced through the West’s defences, using chemical weapons to punch through Nato’s front lines. Yugoslavia has fallen, and West Germany and Norway are on the verge of succumbing. After four days of Russian air raids, killing hundreds...
  • German court to free woman that killed US soldier

    06/10/2011 11:48:57 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 33 replies
    Associated Press ^ | June 10, 2011
    BERLIN (AP) -- A German court decided Friday to release a former Red Army Faction terrorist that was involved in a murder of a U.S. soldier in 1985 and a deadly bombing at a U.S. military base. Birgit Hogefeld's parole request was granted after serving 18 years in prison because of her "positive development," Frankfurt state court said, noting she finished a college degree through distance learning and started to work on a Ph.D.
  • Dutch to prosecute man for allegedly supplying Saddam Hussein with lethal chemicals [Halabja]

    12/07/2004 4:20:15 AM PST · by OXENinFLA · 36 replies · 2,560+ views
    Boston.com ^ | 12-07-04 | Toby Sterling
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) Prosecutors said on Tuesday they will charge a Dutch chemicals dealer as an accomplice to genocide for supplying Saddam Hussein with lethal chemicals used in the 1988 chemical attack on a Kurdish town that killed an estimated 5,000 civilians. Wim de Bruin of the national prosecutor's office said the suspect, who was arrested in Amsterdam on Monday, will face charges ''for violating the laws of war and involvement in genocide.'' Prosecutors said Frans van Anraat, a 62-year-old chemicals dealer, had been a suspect since 1989, when he was arrested in Milan, Italy, at the request of the...
  • PM announces memorial for Red Army’s victory over Nazis (Israel)

    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu announced the appointment of a joint Israeli- Russian panel to consider proposals from international designers for a memorial in Netanya commemorating the Red Army’s victory over Germany in World War II. Netanyahu announced plans to build such a memorial during a February meeting in Moscow with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. During that meeting, Netanyahu said the gesture was in honor of the 65th anniversary this year of the victory over the Third Reich. His announcement was made amid a growing concern in Russia that its role and enormous sacrifice in the victory over Nazism have...
  • US Servicemen To Take Part in Russia's Largest Victory Parade Ever

    03/12/2010 12:26:09 PM PST · by ETL · 68 replies · 1,453+ views
    English.Pravda.ru ^ | March 3, 2010
    US servicemen will participate in the Victory Day Parade on Red Square in Moscow on May 9, Alexander Vershbow, assistant defense secretary for international security affairs said. The Americans will celebrate the 65th anniversary of Victory in WWII, the official said. Vladimir Kozhin, an official spokesman for the administration of the Russian president, confirmed that Moscow had invited France, Britain and the United States for the parade. The French were the first to agree. They now decide soldiers of which troops will march in the heart of Moscow on May 9. If all is arranged as planned, it will be...
  • ussr red army tanks graveyard east

    USSR red army tanks graveyard— few km east of Kabul, Afghanistan When Russia left Afghanistan after the war, a lot of their equipment was left behind.
  • Putin Says Decision on ‘Reunification’ of Georgia ‘Already Decided’

    11/17/2009 7:25:57 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 26 replies · 1,398+ views
    Eye on Eurasia ^ | November 17, 2009 | Paul Goble
    Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who has often described the collapse of the Soviet Union as “the greatest tragedy” of the 20th century, has now said that the “reunification” of Georgia has “already been decided,” a suggestion some of his listeners believe was a call for restoring Moscow’s control over Georgia and even the former USSR as a whole. In an intriguing commentary published in yesterday’s “Gazeta,” Bozhena Rynska describes both the celebration of the 80th birthday of longtime Soviet and Russian official Yevgeny Primakov and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin’s two very different toasts on that occasion (www.gazeta.ru/column/rynska/3287611.shtml). The celebration took...
  • Fall Of The Wall? U.S. Sends Regrets

    11/04/2009 4:18:56 PM PST · by raptor22 · 30 replies · 2,127+ views
    Investors Business Daily ^ | November 4, 2009 | IBD editorial staff
    Cold War: The White House has announced our absence at ceremonies marking the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Meanwhile, Russia has been practicing a nuclear invasion of an abandoned Poland. The Berlin Wall has been a famous backdrop for American presidents sounding the battle cry of liberty in the struggle against tyranny. It was there that John F. Kennedy expressed our solidarity with the encircled residents of that outpost of freedom with his famous "Ich bin ein Berliner." And it was there that Ronald Reagan, with a defiant "Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall," voiced our...
  • THE GIANT NO ONE SEES: RED REVOLUTION COMES TO "GREEN GIANT" BRAZIL

    11/03/2009 1:23:40 AM PST · by Cindy · 35 replies · 2,706+ views
    INATODAY.com - INTERNATIONAL NEWS ANALYSIS TODAY ^ | November 3, 2009 | Toby Westerman
    SNIPPET: "Lula and Chavez have established a "strategic relationship," and recently agreed upon a joint Brazilian-Venezuelan oil venture worth billions of dollars. Lula and Chavez have joined with Daniel Ortega, the returned Nicaraguan Marxist dictator, to form an anti-U.S. Latin American military alliance - all with Russian assistance - funded by the region's abundant oil reserves. Brazil is engaged in its own arms build-up and Lula is determined that Brazil will become at least a first-rate regional power. Unfortunately, Lula is establishing Brazil as an anti-American military power by aligning with nations hostile or potentially hostile to the U.S. Lula...