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  • Soviet H-bomb scientist Ginzburg dies

    11/11/2009 9:40:40 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 12 replies · 651+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 11/11/09 | Dmitry Solovyov and Michael Stott
    MOSCOW (Reuters) – Vitaly Ginzburg, a Russian physicist who survived Stalin's purges by working on the Soviet atomic bomb project and later won the Nobel Prize for physics, died in Moscow late on Sunday after a long illness. He was 93. Ginzburg won the 2003 Nobel physics prize for developing the theory behind superconductors, materials which allow electricity to pass without resistance at very low temperatures. He shared the prize with British-American Anthony Leggett and Russian-born U.S. scientist Alexei Abrikosov. But Ginzburg's career as a Soviet scientist almost ended when he took as his second wife a woman arrested in...
  • Communist consumer goods make comeback

    11/09/2009 9:54:54 AM PST · by rabscuttle385 · 336+ views
    AFP ^ | 2009-11-08
    Once the butt of jokes the world over, communist-era East European goods from sweets, to rustic washing machines and clunky cars are all the rage again. As the world prepares to mark the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, souvenirs such as portraits of Romanian leader Nicolae Ceausescu are now avidly sought at markets. In Belgrade, cafes are named after Yugoslav leader Josip Broz Tito or even the Soviet KGB secret police.
  • Murderous idealism

    11/02/2009 6:25:22 AM PST · by La Lydia · 12 replies · 450+ views
    Washington Post ^ | November 2, 2009 | Paul Hollander
    The Berlin Wall that came down 20 years ago this month was an apt symbol of communism. It represented a historically unprecedented effort to prevent people from "voting with their feet" and leaving a society they rejected...While greatly concerned with communism in the late 1940s and early 1950s, Americans -- hostile or sympathetic -- actually knew little about communism, and little is said here today about the unraveling of the Soviet empire. The media's fleeting attention to the momentous events of the late 1980s and early 1990s matched their earlier indifference to communist systems. There is little public awareness of...
  • Communist-era files still haunt the old East Bloc

    10/26/2009 6:19:11 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 12 replies · 913+ views
    AP ^ | 2009-10-21 | William J. Kole
    BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) - Even his best friend betrayed him. Stelian Tanase found out when he asked to see the thick file that Romania's communist-era secret police had kept on him. The revelation nearly knocked the wind out of him: His closest pal was an informer who regularly told agents what Tanase was up to. "In a way, I haven't even recovered today," said Tanase, a novelist who was placed under surveillance and had his home bugged during the late dictator Nicolae Ceausescu's regime. "He was the one person on Earth I had the most faith in," he said. "And...
  • A Movie I Recommend To Those Who Believe That "Communism Had A Few Good Aspects"

    10/19/2009 8:29:41 PM PDT · by .454Puma · 29 replies · 1,421+ views
    Transsylvania Phoenix ^ | 10/19/09 | Transsylvania Phoenix
    By far, the best movie I have ever seen about the savagery and ruthlessness of Communism, an ideology which indeed puts Nazism and Fascism to shame.
  • Polish Resolution Names Soviet Invasion as Tyrannical

    09/24/2009 10:01:38 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 4 replies · 562+ views
    Epoch Times ^ | 09/23/09 | Tom Ozimek
    Polish Resolution Names Soviet Invasion as Tyrannical Sets record straight in the face of Russian denials By Tom Ozimek Epoch Times Staff Sep 23, 2009 Poland's parliament passed a resolution on Wednesday intended to officially set the record straight on events surrounding the outbreak of the Second World War. "On 17th September, 1939, the army of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) commenced hostilities within the territory of the Republic of Poland, without formal declaration of war, violating Poland's sovereignty and breaking international law. The basis for the Red Army's invasion was the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact, signed on 23rd August,...
  • Putin Applauds ‘Brave’ U.S. Decision on Missile Defense

    09/18/2009 8:11:48 AM PDT · by La Lydia · 23 replies · 680+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 18, 2009 | CLIFFORD J. LEVY and PETER BAKER
    MOSCOW — Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin praised President Obama Friday for canceling a plan for an antiballistic missile system in Eastern Europe that Russia had deemed a threat, suggesting that the move would lead to improved relations between their countries. “I very much hope that this correct and brave decision will be followed by others,” Mr. Putin said. The Obama decision on Thursday replaced the Bush administration antimissile plan with a reconfigured system focused on short- and medium-range missiles. Mr. Putin and other Russian officials who spoke to reporters on Friday did not say whether Russia would respond with...
  • Was Margaret Thatcher right to fear a united Germany?

    09/13/2009 2:04:43 AM PDT · by OldSpice · 40 replies · 2,134+ views
    The Telegraph, UK ^ | 7:00AM BST 13 Sep 2009 | By Andrew Roberts
    Documents published last week highlight the former prime minister's concern that the fall of the Berlin Wall could be a risk to Britain's national security. "We do not want a united Germany," Margaret Thatcher told President Gorbachev at a lunch meeting in the Kremlin in September 1989, two months before the fall of the Berlin Wall. "This would lead to a change to postwar borders, and we cannot allow that because such a development would undermine the whole international situation and could endanger our security." Among the 1,000 transcripts of Politburo and other high-level papers smuggled out of Russia by...
  • Last of the 1983 coup prisoners are released (Grenada)

    09/06/2009 10:05:11 AM PDT · by csvset · 8 replies · 669+ views
    France24 ^ | 06 September 2009 | WireReports
    Seven men convicted of killing the Grenadian prime minister in the 1983 coup that spurred a US military invasion of the Caribbean island state (pictured: US soldiers arrest Marxist militiamen) have been released from jail. AFP - Seven men convicted of the murder of Grenadan prime minister Maurice Bishop during a 1983 coup were set free Saturday, 26 years after the killing that spurred a US military invasion. Former deputy prime minister Bernard Coard was released, along with former ministers and senior officers from the People's Revolutionary Army, after Governor General Carlyle Glean reviewed their sentences. Scores of relatives, former...
  • The Soviet era memo showing Ted Kennedy working against American interests

    08/29/2009 10:05:00 PM PDT · by Nachum · 14 replies · 920+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 8/29/2009 | Rick Moran
    Some would go farther and say that the memorandum from Victor Chebrikov, the top man at the KGB that was addressed to Yuri Andropov, the top man in the entire USSR, outlining a secret proposal made by Senator Ted Kennedy to the Soviets to help them "understand Reagan" in return for their help in making him president, constitutes treason. It's not a word to throw around lightly and the reason I refrain from using it is because I am unsure Kennedy's actions meet the definition. Kennedy was not in direct contact with Andropov, using his good friend John Tunney, former...
  • What Soviet Medicine Teaches US

    08/22/2009 11:11:45 PM PDT · by givemELL · 42 replies · 1,433+ views
    Ludwig von Mises Institute ^ | Aug. 21, 2009 | Yuri N. Maltsev
    "In order to receive minimal attention by doctors and nursing personnel, patients had to pay bribes. I even witnessed a case of a "nonpaying" patient who died trying to reach a lavatory at the end of the long corridor after brain surgery. Anesthesia was usually "not available" for abortions or minor ear, nose, throat, and skin surgeries. This was used as a means of extortion by unscrupulous medical bureaucrats." "Slavery certainly 'reduced costs' of labor, 'eliminated the waste' of bargaining for wages, and avoided 'unnecessary duplication and parallelism'." "To improve the statistics concerning the numbers of people dying within the...
  • Before There Was Pallywood... The Blues Brothers of Moscow.

    07/06/2009 10:45:11 PM PDT · by Yaacov · 2 replies · 353+ views
    Breath of the Beast ^ | 07/07 | Yaacov ben Moshe
    Soviet Era KGB Defector shows how it all was planned. On the media: "Most of these shmucks were afraid to loose their jobs...If you tell the truth about my country you will not last long as a correspondant at the New York Times or the Los Angeles Times...They are dishonest people who lack integrity… intellectual honesty." On Senator Edward M. Kennedy (could apply to BHO et al just as well): "He thinks he is very smart…he is narrow minded egocentrical idiot who tries to earn his own popularity through participation in propaganda farces."
  • Experts Find Soviet Parts in North Korean Missile

    07/05/2009 1:29:50 AM PDT · by DaveTesla · 34 replies · 1,073+ views
    foxnews.com ^ | Thursday, July 02, 2009 | Associated Press
    WASHINGTON — With concerns rising about a possible North Korean long-range missile test this weekend, two independent scientists say the regime may be using an old Soviet ballistic missile to boost a rocket capable of reaching the West Coast of the United States.
  • MARXIST FUNDAMENTALS

    06/18/2009 8:50:00 AM PDT · by Marianland · 6 replies · 744+ views
    The fact is that we live in a time of fateful challenges. As a people and a nation we are under test. This challenge is, of course, Marxism-Leninism. There is no mystery in its strategies and tactics. It has always been concrete and spelled out in black and white. It has also been openly and actively tested in the economic, political, and ideological struggle for control around globe. Lenin, the founder of the first Communist state, put it simply: "First we will take Eastern Europe, then the masses of Asia. We will encircle the last bastion of capitalism, the United...
  • Obama's totalitarianism

    06/03/2009 7:56:43 PM PDT · by advance_copy · 9 replies · 1,172+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | 6/03/09 | Phyllis Schlafly
    The younger generation probably doesn't realize that the word socialism means and connotes a system that is profoundly un-American. Socialism has virtually disappeared from our national lexicon since the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) collapsed because of Ronald Reagan's policies and the National Socialist (Nazi) Party was destroyed by the United States in World War II. The American Heritage Dictionary defines socialism as a system of social organization in which the means of producing and distributing goods are owned by a centralized government that plans and controls the economy. Both Webster and Random House identify socialism as a "Marxist...
  • What Is It That Former Russian Communists Understand That American Liberals Do Not?

    05/30/2009 4:11:20 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 35 replies · 1,865+ views
    Flopping Aces ^ | Saturday, May 30th, 2009 at 3:26 pm | Mike's America
    Is it that American libs are still bitten by the red bug?This commentary in Pravda, the former official newspaper of the Soviet Communist Party has the leftward slide in the U.S. nailed!American capitalism gone with a whimper By Stanislav MishinPravda.Ru 4-27-2009It must be said, that like the breaking of a great dam, the American decent into Marxism is happening with breath taking speed, against the back drop of a passive, hapless sheeple, excuse me dear reader, I meant people. True, the situation has been well prepared on and off for the past century, especially the past twenty years. The initial...
  • Russian History 2.0: Kremlin Wants to 'Correct' the Record (Illegal to Compare Soviets to Nazis)

    05/21/2009 2:43:47 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies · 742+ views
    A proposed law could make comparing Soviet rule with that of the Nazis a crime. Intellectuals fear a manipulation of Russia’s past.A bitter joke from the Soviet-era has it that Russia is the world's only country with an unpredictable past. That jibe has come winging back in recent days, after the Kremlin announced the creation of a special 28-member panel tasked with examining and combating examples of "historical revisionism" that harm Russia's image. The committee, which has no legal power, is chaired by the head of President Dmitry Medvedev's administration, Sergei Naryshkin, and includes a sprinkling of historians but also...
  • 1940 Massacre of Poles Remains Potent Issue

    05/20/2009 5:07:25 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies · 841+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | May 20, 2009 | Megan K. Stack
    Efforts to gain justice for thousands of Polish captives executed apparently at Stalin's orders have been rebuffed by Russia's courts. The country's mood has swung away from probing the Soviet past.Reporting from Mednoye, Russia — There were 6,295 Polish prisoners held captive at the monastery when the order came to "unload" the camp. It took a month and a half to kill all of them. The prisoners were mostly military officers, police, gendarmes and landlords, rounded up as a dangerous "bourgeois" elite when the Soviet Union invaded eastern Poland in the run-up to World War II. The following year, 1940,...
  • An American Car Owned by a Socialist Government

    04/30/2009 6:08:12 AM PDT · by FreedomFighter1013 · 29 replies · 2,375+ views
    Greg's Blog ^ | April 30, 2007 | Greg C.
    I don't know about any of you, but as much as I like what GM is producing now, in the whole, I will never buy a car from a company that is owned by the UAW and a Socialist-in-Chief. Just sayin'
  • The lingering stench: airing Stalin’s archives

    04/03/2009 6:20:25 PM PDT · by neverdem · 55 replies · 1,991+ views
    The New Criterion ^ | March 2009 | Gary Saul Morson
    Inside the Stalin Archives by Jonathan Brent. As he wanders through the streets of St. Petersburg contemplating murder, the hero of Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment notices “that special Petersburg stench” which seems to be everywhere. Somehow, that stench constitutes the atmosphere in which lethal and repulsive ideas arise.When Jonathan Brent arrived in Moscow, he detected the same stench. It was 1992, just after the fall of the Soviet Union, and Brent seized a unique opportunity that, if not for him, would doubtless have been missed. He came to negotiate a deal to publish sensitive and secret documents from the Central...
  • Putin met Reagan as an undercover KGB agent: Report

    03/20/2009 12:02:17 PM PDT · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 16 replies · 1,446+ views
    PTI ^ | 21 March, 2009 | PTI
    LONDON: Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has landed in a row after the release of a photograph showing him meeting the then US President Ronald Reagan as an undercover KGB agent disguised as a tourist in 1988. President Barack Obama's official photographer Pete Souza has claimed that he took the photograph at Red Square in Moscow 21 years ago when Reagan was on his first-ever tour to the erstwhile Soviet Union. According to him, the photo indicates that Putin was actually part of a KGB plot to harangue Reagan in Moscow over his human rights record, leading British newspaper 'The...
  • Russia to outlaw criticism of WWII tactics

    03/05/2009 9:56:13 AM PST · by propertius · 51 replies · 1,277+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | Thursday, 5th March 2009 | Adrian Blomfield
    The Russian government is to outlaw criticism of Soviet military tactics during the Second World War in the latest example of its heavy-handed approach to dissent. The controversial plan comes after a television documentary exposed the scale of human losses during one of the conflict's bloodiest battles. The programme stirred deep emotions in a country that has traditionally glorified the heroic exploits of ordinary soldiers during the 'Great Patriotic War' but has often ignored the immense human cost behind the victory over Nazi Germany. As anger among veterans swelled, the government sensed an opportunity to capitalise on the public mood...
  • Afghans, U.S. Forces Mark 20th Anniversary of Soviet Exit

    02/20/2009 3:38:06 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 166+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Capt. Dustin Hart, USAF
    BAGRAM AIRFIELD, Afghanistan, Feb. 20, 2009 – U.S. forces were among some 200 guests as the governor of Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province hosted a celebration marking the 20th anniversary of the Soviet Union’s withdrawal from the country. Members of the Nangarhar Provincial Reconstruction Team’s agribusiness development team and Task Force Duke listen to a speaker during a Feb. 14, 2009, ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the withdrawal of Soviet forces from Afghanistan. U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Melinda Johnson  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Gov. Gul Agha Sherzai celebrated the event at his palace in Jalalabad on...
  • Vaclav Klaus: EU Is Becoming A Soviet Union Look-Alike

    02/19/2009 12:50:56 PM PST · by ElKafir · 8 replies · 444+ views
    Transsylvania Phoenix ^ | Transsylvania Phoenix
    Czech President Vaclav Klaus is comparing hard-core supporters of European integrations with the Communist Party activists form the Soviet era.
  • Face of Defense: Deployment Offers Captain Unique Opportunities

    02/04/2009 3:38:38 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 212+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Capt. Stacie N. Shafran, USAF
    WASHINGTON, Feb. 4, 2009 – Being deployed to Afghanistan as part of a provincial reconstruction team is the experience of a lifetime for an intelligence officer with a passion for Middle Eastern culture. Air Force Capt. Don Moss, Paktia Provincial Reconstruction Team’s intelligence officer, attends the Paktia Women's and Children's Day celebration in Gardez, Afghanistan. U.S. Air Force photo by Capt. Stacie N. Shafran  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Air Force Capt. Don Moss, deployed from Scott Air Force Base, Ill., is the chief of Paktia PRT's intelligence section. His primary job is identifying and training his team...
  • Return of the Hammer and Sickle

    12/29/2008 5:35:11 PM PST · by Leigh Patrick Sullivan · 11 replies · 504+ views
    The Moderate Separatist ^ | December 29, 2008 | Leigh Patrick Sullivan
    Like an astute chess player, an old adversary has taken advantage of an opportunity and has risen to once again become a global threat. While our focus and resources are being monopolized by the War on Terror (not to mention the meaningless and seemingly endless debate as to whether there is such a thing), the Great Bear has been stirring.....
  • USA needs nuclear explosion to turn the world into dictatorship

    12/28/2008 3:13:36 PM PST · by decimon · 44 replies · 2,053+ views
    Pravda ^ | Dec. 23, 2008 | Unknown
    Is the United States going to put dictatorship into effect under the guise of the anti-terrorist struggle? What may trigger another major transformation in 2009? The answer is obvious: another 9/11 in the USA. Terrible and bloody events are in store for the world in the beginning of 2009. Most likely, the world will witness a reality show with a nuclear blast, which will be used as a reason for the US administration to change the world order again and leave the new Great Depression behind. There is every reason to believe that the Russian Federation may suffer as a...
  • Inside Europe's strangest 'theme park'

    12/21/2008 2:14:27 PM PST · by DFG · 8 replies · 818+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 12/20/08 | Keri Sutherland
    A pistol-wielding guard, his snarling alsatian, a blinding spotlight in my face... why did I spend Ł25 to be tortured in this freezing KGB bunker? As a snarling alsatian growls at my heels, straining at its leash, the fierce KGB interrogator barks in harsh Russian for me to face the wall for a terrifying search. Once cleared, I am herded with the rest of this ragtag band of ‘dissenters’ to salute the Soviet red flag, our threadbare gulag-issue jackets offering scant protection against the biting Baltic chill. We are told to stop thinking ‘because the party will do that for...
  • 75 Years and They Are Still Lying About Massive Murders

    12/11/2008 9:42:08 AM PST · by mnehring · 18 replies · 932+ views
    She reacted with incredulity. “How can anyone doubt there was a genocide,” she said, “I saw the starving and dying people myself!” I tried to explain to her the genocide-mass murder distinction embedded in current international law as neutrally as I could, noting some of the justifications offered for it. She, of course, was unmoved, and continued to see the distinction as a dubious contrivance. I have to agree.So went the conversation of Ilya Somin and his grandmother, both immigrants from Russia to America, about the starvation of millions by Josef Stalin in 1930s Ukraine.  Ilya was attempting to explain to...
  • Adamkus predicts history will see Nazi and Soviet crimes as equal

    11/24/2008 11:16:42 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 13 replies · 575+ views
    The Baltic Times ^ | Nov 24, 2008
    Nazi and Soviet crimes against humanity committed in 20th Century Europe will one day be equally condemned, Lithuanian President Valdas Adamkus said on Saturday speaking in an international forum marking 75 years since Ukraine's famine of Holodomor. "It is the last indispensable precondition for Europe's moral and spiritual unity on the road towards mutual openness and genuine solidarity among the nations", Adamkus said in a presidential press statement. Adamkus said that history should not put the blame on specific nations, but rather on totalitarian regimes. President Adamkus said that there will come a time when no one will "ever attempt...
  • Face of Defense: Uzbekistan Native Returns to Central Asia

    11/06/2008 3:52:42 PM PST · by SandRat · 243+ views
    Face of Defence ^ | Maj. Damien Pickart, USAF
    MANAS AIR BASE, Kyrgyzstan, Nov. 6, 2008 – Air Force Tech. Sgt. Kelman Khersonsky recalls spending summers in his youth as a Pioneer “scout” of the Soviet Union at Kyrgyzstan’s Issyk-Kul Lake. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Kelman Khersonsky refuels an aircraft over Afghanistan during one of the last refueling missions of his deployment to Manas Air Base, Kyrgyzstan, Oct. 29, 2008. U.S. Air Force photo   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. It never crossed his mind then that he might one day return to the former Soviet republic as a KC-135 Stratotanker boom operator with the Pennsylvania Air...
  • Soviet Acknowledged Obama One of Them

    11/02/2008 11:15:25 AM PST · by thefife · 77 replies · 3,143+ views
    National Writers Syndicate ^ | 10/31/2008 | Tom Fife
    The First Time I Heard of Barack During the period of roughly February 1992 to mid 1994, I was making frequent trips to Moscow, Russia, in the process of starting a software development joint-venture company with some people from the Russian scientific community. One of the men in charge on the Russian side was named V. M.; he had a wife named T.M. V. was a level-headed scientist while his wife was rather deeply committed to the losing Communist cause - a cause she obviously was not abandoning. One evening, during a trip early in 1992, the American half of...
  • Soviet diehards see red over 'betrayal' by 007 girl Olga Kurylenko

    10/31/2008 6:22:32 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 58 replies · 3,776+ views
    Times of London ^ | 10/31/08 | Tony Halpin
    Soviet diehards see red over 'betrayal' by 007 girl Olga Kurylenko Tony Halpin in Moscow Bond girls often come to a sticky end but Olga Kurylenko will be hoping that the Communists never get hold of her. Kurylenko, the Ukrainian actress who plays Bond's sidekick in Quantum of Solace, has been condemned by the Communist Party of St Petersburg for aiding “the killer of hundreds of Soviet people and their allies”. Apparently oblivious to Bond's fictional nature, it accused her of assisting “a man who worked for decades under the orders of Thatcher and Reagan to destroy the USSR”. In...
  • Soviet Style Ideological Subversion in America.

    10/12/2008 1:11:40 PM PDT · by The Conservative Yogini · 3 replies · 397+ views
    Click here to watch the interview
  • Russia To Stage Largest Air Force War Games Since Soviet Times

    10/03/2008 7:43:20 PM PDT · by Fennie · 71 replies · 2,626+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | October 3, 2008 | By Adrian Blomfield in Moscow
    Their progress watched closely by increasingly jittery western militaries, dozens of nuclear bombers will take part in the exercise. Tu-95 Bear bombers will fire cruise missiles at targets in sub-Arctic Russia for the first time since 1984. While Russia insists that the war games are not meant as a gesture of aggression, the West is growing increasingly uneasy about the scale of the manoeuvres. The aerial exercises, which will take place close to American airspace in Alaska, are part of a month-long war game known as Stability 2008 that Russia claims is the biggest for 20 years.
  • Stalin lays dead, buried and dishonered while Finland celebrates 90 years of freedom!

    08/31/2008 12:38:05 PM PDT · by WesternCulture · 24 replies · 400+ views
    08/31/2008 | WesternCulture
    The brave little nation of Finland declared itself independent from Russia in September 1917. This act was "approved" by the newly formed nation of Bolshevist Russia shortly after. Later on, Kreml changed its mind concerning this issue. Especially Stalin. Luckily enough, this initial acknowledgement by Russia/Soviet didn't result in any false sense of security among the Finns. They had no reason to. Finland was - at least formally speaking - under German hegemony until 1918 (when WWI ended) and was, furthermore, plagued by a civil war raging between patriots and Communists the very same year. This wasn't the first time...
  • Remains of Polish soldiers found in Belarus

    08/21/2008 12:20:32 PM PDT · by lizol · 9 replies · 196+ views
    polskieradio.pl ^ | 21.08.2008
    Remains of Polish soldiers found in Belarus 21.08.2008 The remains of Polish soldiers who fought the Nazis and were killed by the Soviets in September 1939, have been found in Kobryn, Belarus. After the Nazi invasion of Poland at the beginning of September, Kobryn was an important outpost for Polish defences in its eastern territories. On the 17th and 18th September 1939, Polish forces fought against the Nazi invaders, only to take up arms against the Soviet aggressor soon after. Andrzej Przewoźnik, secretary of the Rada Ochrona Pamięci Walk i Męczeństwa, a council protecting the memory of Poland’s fallen troops,...
  • The Times | August 21, 1968

    08/21/2008 9:17:12 AM PDT · by 1066AD · 1 replies · 142+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | Aug 21 1968 | Various
    Russians March Into Czechoslovakia - go to link, the article desired may be dragged onto the page to see it all, pretty good.
  • MAHONEY: HONORING SOVIET VETERANS?

    06/30/2008 1:41:28 PM PDT · by Fox_Mulder77 · 28 replies · 115+ views
    Palm Beach Post ^ | June 30, 2008 | Larry Lipman
    Republicans are having a field day over a flier sent out by U.S. Rep. Tim Mahoney that shows an elderly gentleman bedecked with what appear to be Soviet medals. The picture is on the cover of a Mahoney flier labeled: “Honoring Those Who Defend Our Freedom.” The flier touts Mahoney’s record on veterans’ issues. “Is Tim Mahoney’s commitment to our veterans so shallow and superficial that he can’t even tell the difference between an American veteran and one who fought for Communism in Joseph Stalin’s Red Army?? said Ken Spain, press secretary for the National Republican Congressional Committee.
  • Aftermath of a Soviet Famine

    04/26/2008 11:27:15 PM PDT · by Aristotelian · 30 replies · 453+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | April 27, 2008 | Peter Finn
    Ukraine's Pursuit of Genocide Designation Upsets Russians Who Say Others Died, Too MOSCOW -- Relations between Russia and Ukraine, bedeviled by disputes over natural gas supplies and NATO expansion, have lately been roiled by one of the great tragedies of Soviet history: the famine of 1932-33, which left millions dead from starvation and related diseases. Ukraine is seeking international recognition of the famine, which Ukrainians call Holodomor -- or death by hunger -- as an act of genocide. When Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin forced peasants off their homesteads and into collective farms, special military units requisitioned grain and other food...
  • Violent chickens roost on candidates' shoulders: exploring the liberal/Marxist nexus

    04/21/2008 10:28:15 AM PDT · by smoothsailing · 16 replies · 242+ views
    Renew America ^ | 4-21-08 | Wes Vernon
    Violent chickens roost on candidates' shoulders: exploring the liberal/Marxist nexus Wes Vernon April 21, 2008 Last week's Clinton/Obama debate opened a new door on an old coalition: What is it about Marxists (violent or otherwise) that attracts liberals (well-meaning or otherwise) to their defense? What is their common goal (to the extent that they have one)? The counterculture sixties Here is the mantra of the Weather Underground, as enunciated by one of its leading disciples: "Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home, kill your parents. That's where it's really at." Who said...
  • Yuri's Night, Bay Area 2008 (Your Tax Dollars at Play at NASA)

    04/20/2008 2:51:30 PM PDT · by anymouse · 7 replies · 141+ views
    NASA Website ^ | Apr 18, 2008 | Shana Dale - NASA Assistant Administrator
    On Saturday night, April 12, I was at the Yuri's Night celebration at Ames Research Center. This is the second year for this celebration on-site at Ames. It recognizes the anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's first spaceflight on April 12, 1961. He flew one orbit, at the age of 27, to become the first human to orbit the Earth. Celebrations also were held at Johnson Space Center and Goddard Space Flight Center, not to mention the other parties around the globe on this historic date. To open the festivities, Center Director Dr. Pete Worden appeared in a Soviet general's uniform in...
  • Back in the USSR: Soviet Internet domain name resists death

    04/19/2008 3:07:37 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 4 replies · 76+ views
    Yahoo! Finance (AP) ^ | 4/19/2008 | Mansur Mirovalev
    Rescued from digital doom, Soviet Union's Internet domain name evokes nostalgia, controversy MOSCOW (AP) -- The Soviet Union may be in the dustbin of history, but there's one place the socialist utopia lives on: cyberspace. Sixteen years after the superpower's collapse, Web sites ending in the Soviet ".su" domain name have been rising -- registrations increased 45 percent this year alone. Bloggers, entrepreneurs and die-hard communists are all part of a small but growing online community resisting repeated efforts to extinguish the online Soviet outpost. Russian nostalgia for the Soviet empire is part of the story. Nashi, or "Ours," is...
  • How a pair of American spies created the Soviet Silicon Valley

    04/15/2008 8:45:06 AM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 12 replies · 505+ views
    The Register (UK) ^ | Tuesday 15th April 2008 12:54 GMT | Ashlee Vance in Mountain View
    Radio Reg Few stories in computing history come close to matching the tale of Zelenograd – the Soviet Union's attempt at creating something along the lines of Silicon Valley. Episode 15 of Semi-Coherent Computing recounts the tale of Zelenograd's founding along with the stories of the two US-born Russian spies behind the city. No one knows this history better than Steven Usdin, the author of Engineering Communism: How Two Americans Spied for Stalin and Founded the Soviet Silicon Valley, who was kind enough to appear on the show. (You'll find Usdin's web site here and can buy the book on...
  • Stalin's last army: Hordes of gigantic crabs on their way to invade Europe -

    03/30/2008 12:13:53 PM PDT · by UnklGene · 74 replies · 4,634+ views
    The Telegraph - UK ^ | February, 2004 | Julius Strauss
    Stalin's last army: hordes of gigantic crabs on their way to invade Europe - By Julius Strauss in Kirkenes, Northern Norway Millions of giant Pacific crabs, whose ancestors were brought to Europe by Joseph Stalin in the 1930s, are marching south along Norway's coast, devouring everything in their path.The monster crabs, which can weigh up to 25lb and have a claw-span of more than three feet, are proving so resilient that scientists fear they could end up as far south as Gibraltar. Energised by a mysterious population explosion a decade ago, whole armies of the crustaceans - known as the...
  • Russian Oscars censored ("Mild" satirical Putin jokes cut from broadcast)

    03/24/2008 12:54:51 PM PDT · by Stoat · 5 replies · 703+ views
    News 24 (South Africa) ^ | March 24, 2008
    Russian Oscars censored24/03/2008 13:13  - (SA)    Moscow - A series of jokes about President Vladimir Putin and president-elect Dmitry Medvedev were censored from the screening of Russia's equivalent of the Oscars film awards ceremony, newspapers reported on Monday. The jokes - mild by Western standards of satire - at Friday's "Nika" awards, were cut by private television station CTC in its broadcasting Saturday of the event, according to Moskovsky Komsomolets. "All the juicy stuff from the broadcast was edited out," the daily said. One of the comments axed, the newspaper said, was an allusion to uncertainty over whether Medvedev or his...
  • Drug-Resistant TB Rates Soar in Former Soviet Regions

    02/28/2008 4:50:58 PM PST · by BGHater · 1 replies · 106+ views
    New York Times ^ | 27 Feb 2008 | Lawrence K. Altman
    Drug-resistant tuberculosis cases in parts of the former Soviet Union have reached the highest rates ever recorded globally, the World Health Organization said Tuesday. The rates could soar even higher, spreading the potentially fatal disease elsewhere, a top W.H.O. official said, releasing findings from the largest global survey of the problem. The highest rate was in Baku, Azerbaijan, where 22.3 percent of new tuberculosis cases were resistant to the standard anti-TB drug regimen during the survey period, from 2002 to 2006. That exceeded the previous high of 14.2 percent, in Kazakhstan. Drug-resistant TB is widespread in the Inner Mongolia and...
  • Legendary Soviet-era prima ballerina dies

    02/19/2008 7:01:58 AM PST · by nuconvert · 9 replies · 291+ views
    Yahoo/AFP ^ | Feb 19, 2008
    Legendary Soviet-era prima ballerina dies Feb 19, 2008 MOSCOW (AFP) - The Russian prima ballerina Natalia Bessmertnova, a leading star of the Bolshoi Theatre for three decades, has died aged 66 after a long illness, the company said on Tuesday. "She died in a Moscow hospital after a long and difficult illness," the Bolshoi press service was quoted as saying by the Ria Novosti news agency. Born in Moscow on July 19 1941, Bessmertnova trained at the Bolshoi ballet school in Moscow, graduating with the highest possible grade, an A+, a first in the institution's history. From the 1960s she...
  • Why Mike Huckabee Is Over-Reacting To The Caucus Results In Washington State

    02/12/2008 5:35:42 PM PST · by GoodTimes · 5 replies · 129+ views
    BarniReport ^ | 2/12/2008 | Michael Barni
    Speaking on KTTH Radio today in Seattle, the Washington State Republican Chairman, Luke Esser, skillfully presented his response to presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee regarding allegations that Esser's order to stop the counting of caucus delegate preferences amounted to methods deployed by the now defunct Soviet Union. Explaining that he did not order the count to be stopped, Esser asserted that the count paused only for the evening and Sunday in order to let the all volunteer work force rest for the night and time to attend Sunday church services the following day. Expressing understanding that some would be unhappy with...
  • Nazis responsible for Katyn massacre, says Russian daily

    02/06/2008 11:41:02 AM PST · by lizol · 32 replies · 203+ views
    thenews.pl ^ | 04.02.2008
    Nazis responsible for Katyn massacre, says Russian daily 04.02.2008 19:20 The Russian Nezavisimaya Gazieta daily claims that the Soviet NKVD secret police could not possibly have been responsible for the mass murder of over 20,000 Polish officers in 1940. The author of the article Aleksandr Shirokorad claims that the massacre could not have possibly been the doing of the NKVD since the ropes used for tying the victims' wrists and bullets were not those used by the NKVD. He also claims that the shooting technique used was apparently alien to the NKVD. Contrary to most historians opinions, the murders, claims...