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  • Young Russians in Prague Find that 1968 Russian-Led Invasion Casts Long Shadow

    08/13/2018 12:07:58 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 15 replies
    Radio Prague ^ | August 13, 2018 | Daniela Lazarová, Libor Kukal
    The number of Russians residing and working in the Czech Republic has been steadily growing in recent years. Today Russians are the fourth strongest foreign minority in the country, after Vietnamese, Slovak and Ukrainian nationals. In the last decade their number rose from 23,000 to 37,000. For young Russians, Prague is an attractive city free of the constraints of the Putin regime, and a good place for business and entertainment. The language barrier is easily surmountable due to both nations speaking a Slavic language. However there is one barrier that is harder to cross and that is the stigma of...
  • Fifty years ago, Soviet tanks crushed the 'Prague Spring'

    08/13/2018 9:55:21 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 25 replies
    Economic Times ^ | Aug 2018 | AFP
    In August 1968 Soviet tanks rolled into communist Czechoslovakia to crush a burgeoning democratic reform movement known as the Prague Spring. Here is a recap of the shock intervention that reined in the Soviet satellite state, its aspirations for democracy warded off for another 20 years. "At 11:00 pm, Soviet, Polish, East German, Bulgarian and Hungarian troops crossed the Czechoslovak border," AFP reported early on August 21, picking up Radio Prague's announcement of the overnight invasion. Tensions had been mounting between then Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and the reformist government that had taken over in the Central European state. In...
  • How the Soviet Union helped terrorism go global

    08/11/2018 9:10:40 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 17 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 2017 | Sean Durns
    Russia is the birthplace of modern terrorism,” with 19th century Russian nihilists and secret societies advocating a violent overthrow of Tsarist rule. Soviet aid to terrorist organizations was a staple of Moscow’s strategy against the West and its allies during the Cold War. Yasser Arafat, a founder of the Palestinian Fatah movement and future head of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) and Palestinian Authority (PA), received KGB training in east Moscow in the early 1960s. According to The World Was Going Our Way: The KGB and the Battle for the Third World, a book by historian Christopher Andrew and the...
  • Russian Ministry: Only Non-Political Gulag Records have been Destroyed

    07/13/2018 7:31:38 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 10 replies
    Moscow Times ^ | July 2018 | Reuters
    The Gulag Museum in Moscow alleged last month that Russian officials permanently destroyed cards with the personal information and the release dates of former inmates. In response to concerns that authorities were attempting to erase the history of Soviet repression, the Interior Ministry noted that physical copies of the records were digitized for permanent storage. The Interior Ministry now admits it does delete some records of gulag survivors, but only those who were not convicted of committing political crimes against the Soviet Union, Russia’s Kommersant business daily reported Wednesday. In a letter sent to gulag historian Sergei Prudovsky, who originally...
  • Europe's tallest skyscraper nears completion as finishing touches are put to 1,516ft high [tr]

    08/03/2018 7:01:24 AM PDT · by C19fan · 32 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | August 3, 2018 | Khaleda Rahman
    urope's tallest skyscraper is nearly finished. The Lakhta Centre in St Petersburg, Russia, now stands at 462m (1,516ft) tall – making it the 13th tallest building in the world. The 87-storey tower takes the title of the tallest building in Europe from Moscow's Federation Tower, which stands at 374m (1,227ft). The building's facade is made from 16,500 individual panes of glass that have been fitted with automatic shutters and valves in a bid to reduce heat loss.
  • Merkel responds to Trump: 'I have witnessed' Germany under Soviet control

    07/11/2018 10:13:17 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 70 replies
    CNN ^ | July 11, 2018 | Jennifer Hansler
    Angela Merkel appeared to hit back at US President Donald Trump's claim that "Germany is a captive of Russia" by drawing on her own upbringing in Soviet-controlled East Germany. "I wanted to say that, because of current events, I have witnessed this myself, that a part of Germany was controlled by the Soviet Union. And I am very happy that we are today unified in freedom as the Federal Republic of Germany," she said in an arrival statement at the NATO Summit Wednesday. Merkel, who was born in Hamburg in 1954, has spoken on numerous occasions about her upbringing under...
  • How the Soviet Navy Would Have Fought World War III

    07/05/2018 6:10:10 AM PDT · by C19fan · 15 replies
    War is Boring ^ | July 5, 2018 | Robert Farley
    Over the course of the Cold War, the balance of forces between the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the Soviet Union changed dramatically. At different points, a war would have played out in far different ways in the major theaters, including Central Europe, the Arctic, the North Atlantic, the Far East and even in space. For the most part, changes to each side’s forces came slowly, with only a few significant shifts due to technological advances.
  • Russia Secretly Orders Destruction of Gulag Prisoners’ Records

    06/08/2018 10:14:31 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 31 replies
    The Moscow Times ^ | June 8, 2018
    Russian officials are reportedly destroying the records of gulag prisoners under a secret order passed in 2014, Russian media have reported. An estimated 3-12 million victims of Soviet repression were imprisoned in the gulag network of prisons and forced labor camps in the former Soviet Union. Registration records kept by the Museum of the History of the Gulag, now threatened with destruction, include the permanent records of those killed, as well as archival files detailing those who survived the gulag and when they were released. A 2014 inter-agency order labeled “for internal use” instructs files to be destroyed once the...
  • Ted Kennedy's Soviet Gambit

    05/14/2018 10:00:33 PM PDT · by TBP · 17 replies
    Forbes ^ | AUG 28, 2009 | Peter Robinson
    Picking his way through the Soviet archives that Boris Yeltsin had just thrown open, in 1991 Tim Sebastian, a reporter for the London Times, came across an arresting memorandum. Composed in 1983 by Victor Chebrikov, the top man at the KGB, the memorandum was addressed to Yuri Andropov, the top man in the entire USSR. The subject: Sen. Edward Kennedy. "On 9-10 May of this year," the May 14 memorandum explained, "Sen. Edward Kennedy's close friend and trusted confidant [John] Tunney was in Moscow." (Tunney was Kennedy's law school roommate and a former Democratic senator from California.) "The senator charged...
  • Lenin Should be Buried, Stalin Returned to Georgia - Kadyrov

    04/13/2018 6:12:44 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    Interfax ^ | 4/13/18
    Moscow, April 13, Interfax - A prompt decision needs to be made on the burial of the remains of Soviet leader Vladimir Lenin and on the transfer of the remains of Joseph Stalin to Georgia, Ramzan Kadyrov, the head of Chechnya, said. "If I was asked, I would make this decision today, without waiting until tomorrow. Why torture Lenin's dead body, clean it constantly, keep this mummy? Who needs it? He is not a holy person. I am firmly convinced that Lenin's remains should be buried and Stalin's remains should be sent to his homeland, to Georgia," he said in...
  • Another US State recognizes the Holodomor in Ukraine as genocide

    04/01/2018 6:13:55 AM PDT · by BeadCounter · 16 replies
    UA Wire ^ | March 31, 2018 | None listed
    On Thursday, March 29, the US state of Massachusetts announced through its Ukrainian Embassy the state’s decision to recognize the Holodomor of 1932-1933 as genocide of the Ukrainian people. “Another American state joined the recognition of the Holodomor of 1932-1933 in Ukraine as a genocide against the Ukrainian people,” Massachusetts Governor Charles Baker stated in a corresponding proclamation. Currently, the Holodomor in Ukraine is recognized as genocide in the US states of Washington, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and now Massachusetts.
  • North Carolina City Officials Reject Plan For Monument Honoring Soviet Aviators

    03/29/2018 11:06:58 AM PDT · by GoldenState_Rose · 54 replies
    RFE/RL ^ | Mar 2018 | Associated Press
    The Russian Ministry of Defense is looking to install the 25-ton monument in Elizabeth City, which is the near the headquarters of a secret WWII mission called "Project Zebra," in which hundreds of Soviet aviators were trained at a time when U.S. and Soviet forces were allied in the fight against the Nazis. But the Elizabeth City council voted 5-3 on March 23 against a previously signed memorandum of understanding. If the plan had come to fruition, the Russian Defense Ministry would have paid for the monument, with the city then covering some $228,000 for improvements to the park where...
  • Sarah Palin was mocked in '08 for saying Putin invade Ukraine if Obama elected

    02/17/2018 7:08:11 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 30 replies
    Breitbart ^ | Tony Lee
    Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin warned that if Senator Barack Obama were elected president, his “indecision” and “moral equivalence” may encourage Russia’s Vladimir Putin to invade Ukraine. Palin said then: After the Russian Army invaded the nation of Georgia, Senator Obama’s reaction was one of indecision and moral equivalence, the kind of response that would only encourage Russia’s Putin to invade Ukraine next. For those comments, she was mocked by the high-brow Foreign Policy magazine and its editor Blake Hounshell, who now is one of the editors of Politico magazine. Hounshell wrote then that Palin’s comments were “strange” and...
  • Russian Interference Warning from 2015: Russia has Reached its Own Very Different 'End of History'

    02/16/2018 2:06:33 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 35 replies
    The Interpreter ^ | July 2015 | Irina Pavlova
    Russia is now experiencing its own “end of history,” but it has turned out to be “not liberal democracy but a new turn back to the enslavement of Russian society, the consequences of which will be its further degradation with prospects that are dangerous both for the country itself and for the entire world.” The West generally and the US in particular need to display both wisdom and political will to effectively oppose the political challenge the Kremlin now presents. It has been an unwelcome surprise for Western publics how well the Kremlin and its ‘information forces’ have studied the...
  • Putin Repeating Seven Mistakes Soviet Leaders Made Before 1991

    02/07/2018 12:41:13 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 30 replies
    Window on Eurasia (translation) ^ | Feb 7, 2018 | Igor Eidman
    1. Putin like Gorbachev has entered an arms race with a weak economy that can’t support it. 2. Putin has gotten involved in long-running foreign policy “adventures,” Afghanistan in the case of Gorbachev who ultimately got out of that one and Putin in the case of Ukraine. 3. Putin is prepared to fund all the misfits of the world who are prepared to support him just as Soviet leaders including Gorbachev until the money ran out were prepared to back those of “’a socialist orientation.’” 4. Putin is spending enormous sums on “pompous celebrations and ‘projects of the century’ like...
  • Former Soviet Spy Sees the Long Arm of the KGB in Today's Muslim Anti-Semitism

    02/06/2018 12:23:22 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 11 replies
    On a reporting trip to Gaza, Amman, and Damascus in 1994, I made a habit of asking Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood leaders whom I met the following question: Did they think the Jews had a plan to dominate the world? I’ll never forget the enthusiastic answer of a pediatrician named Abdelaziz Rantissi, a Hamas leader, whom I met in his doctor’s office in Gaza. “Yes, indeed,” he said. “I have a copy right here.” And he pulled down from a shelf an Arabic-language copy of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. It was a response I heard again and...
  • Russia's Gulag camps cast in forgiving light of Putin nationalism

    02/05/2018 1:50:23 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 20 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Shaun Walker
    In today’s Russia it is not fashionable to delve too deeply into Gulag history, and 60-year-old Panikarov’s collection is one of just two museums devoted entirely to the Gulag in the whole country. Indeed, even Panikarov himself has a somewhat surprising view: “We should not have one-sided evaluations... “It was fashionable to say bad things about the USSR. Now it is again fashionable to insult Russia. We have sanctions against us. The west looks for negative things.” Panikarov’s views on the Gulag are part of a larger trend. With the Soviet victory in the second world war elevated to a...
  • Red Famine: Stalin's War on Ukraine

    02/03/2018 2:27:44 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 13 replies
    Amazon ^ | 2017 | Anne Applebaum
    In 1929 Stalin launched his policy of agricultural collectivization—in effect a second Russian revolution—which forced millions of peasants off their land and onto collective farms. The result was a catastrophic famine, the most lethal in European history. At least five million people died between 1931 and 1933 in the USSR. But instead of sending relief the Soviet state made use of the catastrophe to rid itself of a political problem. In Red Famine, Anne Applebaum argues that more than three million of those dead were Ukrainians who perished not because they were accidental victims of a bad policy but because...
  • GULAG: Understanding the Magnitude of What Happened

    02/02/2018 8:32:53 PM PST · by GoldenState_Rose · 13 replies
    Heritage Foundation ^ | Anne Applebaum
    One of the things that always strikes contemporary visitors to Russia is the lack of monuments to the victims of Stalin's execution squads and concentration camps. There are a few scattered memorials, but no national monument or place of mourning. Worse, 15 years after glasnost, 10 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union, there have been no trials, no truth and reconciliation commissions, no government inquiries into what happened in the past, and no public debate. This was not always the case. During the 1980s, when glasnost was just beginning in Russia, Gulag survivors' memoirs sold millions of copies,...
  • 74 years since Siege of Leningrad

    01/29/2018 9:42:23 PM PST · by beaversmom · 2 replies
    The Tribune of India ^ | January 29, 2018
    World War II guns fire a salute during celebrations of the 74th anniversary of the battle that lifted the Siege of Leningrad in St. Petersburg, on Saturday. The city of St. Petersburg, known as Leningrad until the name was changed back in 1991, is celebrating the Soviets’ victory over the devastating Nazi siege. The city was besieged by German, Finnish and Spanish troops on September 8, 1941, when the Nazis launched Operation Barbarossa against the Soviet Union. The blockade was broken on January 18, 1943 but finally lifted on January 27, 1944. Over 1 million people died mainly from starvation...