‘State Funeral’ Review: Saying Goodbye to Stalin

Sergei Loznitsa’s new found-footage documentary illuminates Soviet life in the immediate aftermath of the dictator’s death.

#documentary-films-and-programs, #funerals-and-memorials, #loznitsa-sergei, #moscow-russia, #politics-and-government, #stalin-joseph, #state-funeral-movie, #ussr-former-soviet-union

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Tamara Press, Olympian Whose Feats Raised Questions, Dies at 83

She won three gold medals in the 1960s but was the focus of speculation about her gender. She retired after pulling out of a track meet that would have required a sex test.

#athletics-and-sports, #deaths-obituaries, #gender, #intersex, #olympic-games-1960, #olympic-games-1964, #press-irina-1939-2004, #press-tamara, #shot-put, #track-and-field, #ussr-former-soviet-union, #women-and-girls, #world-athletics

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Why Russia Is Exporting So Much Vaccine

Millions of doses of Russia’s pioneering coronavirus vaccine have gone abroad, strengthening the country’s influence at the expense of its people.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #kramer-andrew-e, #russia, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #ussr-former-soviet-union, #vaccination-and-immunization

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A Soviet ‘Lord of the Rings’ Is Unearthed, Epic in Its Own Way

Tolkien fans received an unexpected gift with the rediscovery of an all-but-forgotten 1991 production. They were also left with questions, like “why is Gollum wearing a lettuce on his head?”

#5tv-channel-5, #khraniteli-tv-program, #russia, #television, #the-fellowship-of-the-ring-book, #the-lord-of-the-rings-book, #tolkien-j-r-r, #ussr-former-soviet-union

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Is ‘Avalanche’ the Answer to a 62-Year-Old Russian Mystery Over 9 Deaths?

Was it U.F.O.s? Yeti? The K.G.B.? The riddle of who or what killed nine young hikers has inspired conspiracy theories for decades. Two scientists now say a natural disaster may be to blame.

#accidents-and-safety, #avalanches, #camps-and-camping, #conspiracy-theories, #deaths-fatalities, #hikes-and-hiking, #russia, #ussr-former-soviet-union

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George Shultz: Last of the Postwar Statesmen

The human touch was at the heart of everything achieved by George Shultz, the former secretary of state who died on Saturday.

#cold-war-era, #gorbachev-mikhail-s, #nixon-richard-milhous, #reagan-ronald-wilson, #shevardnadze-eduard-a-1928-2014, #shultz-george-p, #state-department, #ussr-former-soviet-union

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No More Lies. My Grandfather Was a Nazi.

In Lithuania, he was celebrated as a hero. But we can’t move on until we admit what he really did.

#cold-war-era, #content-type-personal-profile, #eastern-europe, #grandparents, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #jews-and-judaism, #kgb, #lithuania, #noreika-jonas, #putin-vladimir-v, #ussr-former-soviet-union, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #world-war-ii-1939-45

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It Spied on Soviet Atomic Bombs. Now It’s Solving Ecological Mysteries.

Imagery from the Cold War’s Corona satellites is helping scientists fill in how we have changed our planet in the past half century.

#africa, #central-intelligence-agency, #classified-information-and-state-secrets, #cold-war-era, #environment, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #kazakhstan, #photography, #satellites, #science-and-technology, #space-and-astronomy, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #ussr-former-soviet-union, #your-feed-science

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The Artists Who Redesigned a War-Shattered Europe

The Museum of Modern Art debuts a transformative acquisition of Soviet, Polish, German and Dutch graphic arts from after World War I.

#art, #europe, #museum-of-modern-art, #russian-revolution-1917, #stepanova-varvara, #strzeminski-wladyslaw, #ussr-former-soviet-union

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Along Russia’s ‘Road of Bones,’ Relics of Suffering and Despair

The Kolyma Highway in the Russian Far East once delivered tens of thousands of prisoners to the work camps of Stalin’s gulag. The ruins of that cruel era are still visible today.

#forced-labor, #kolyma-russia, #kolyma-highway, #magadan-russia, #soviet-gulag, #stalin-joseph, #ussr-former-soviet-union, #yakutsk-russia

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Jonathan Pollard, Convicted Spy, Completes Parole and May Move to Israel

The former Navy intelligence analyst served 30 years in prison for stealing American secrets during the Cold War. Some of them ultimately ended up with the Soviet government.

#classified-information-and-state-secrets, #cold-war-era, #espionage-and-intelligence-services, #israel, #pollard-jonathan-j, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-navy, #united-states-politics-and-government, #ussr-former-soviet-union

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A New Front Opens in the Russia-Ukraine Conflict: Borscht

“A lot of things were taken away from Ukraine, but they will not take our borscht,” said a chef who is leading a drive to recognize the soup as a Ukrainian cultural heritage.

#borscht, #russia, #soups, #ukraine, #united-nations-educational-scientific-and-cultural-organization, #ussr-former-soviet-union

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For Nagorno-Karabakh’s Dueling Sides, Living Together Is ‘Impossible’

Armenians and Azerbaijanis coexisted in Soviet days. But conflict over the disputed territory exploded in the late 1980s, leaving festering wounds that have erupted anew.

#aliyev-ilham-h, #armenia, #azerbaijan, #caucasus-russia, #defense-and-military-forces, #nagorno-karabakh, #pashinyan-nikol, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #russia, #turkey, #ussr-former-soviet-union

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The Conflict Between Armenia and Azerbaijan Could Spiral Out of Control

Without engagement from the United States, the region may be engulfed in war.

#armenia, #azerbaijan, #nagorno-karabakh, #russia, #stepanakert-nagorno-karabakh-republic, #turkey, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #ussr-former-soviet-union

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Did the U.S. Try to Assassinate Lenin in 1918?

In “The Lenin Plot” Barnes Carr tells the mostly unknown story of America’s intervention in the earliest days of the Soviet Union.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #books-and-literature, #carr-barnes, #lenin-vladimir, #politics-and-government, #russia, #the-lenin-plot-the-untold-story-of-americas-midnight-war-against-russia-book, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #ussr-former-soviet-union, #world-war-i-1914-18

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Germany’s Far Right Reunified, Too, Making It Much Stronger

Thirty years after Germany came back together, the former East has become the stronghold of a once-marginalized movement that now sits in Parliament.

#alternative-for-germany, #berlin-germany, #buchenwald-concentration-camp, #east-germany, #germany, #hitler-adolf, #hocke-bjorn-1972, #merkel-angela, #neo-nazi-groups, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #ussr-former-soviet-union, #world-cup-2006-soccer

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Glimpses of the Isolated Communities Along a Remote Siberian River

Once a vast prison ground for political exiles, the banks of the Ket River are now home to a range of solitary settlements.

#freedom-of-religion, #railroads, #russia, #russian-orthodox-church, #siberia, #stalin-joseph, #travel-and-vacations, #ussr-former-soviet-union, #weather, #wood-and-wood-products

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Missions to Venus: Highlights From History, and When We May Go Back

Much visited in an earlier era of space exploration, the planet has been overlooked in recent decades.

#european-space-agency, #extraterrestrial-life, #india, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #private-spaceflight, #research, #rocket-lab, #rocket-science-and-propulsion, #space-and-astronomy, #ussr-former-soviet-union, #venus-planet

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New Video Shows Largest Hydrogen Bomb Ever Exploded

A Russian nuclear energy agency released formerly classified footage of the Soviet Union’s 1961 Tsar Bomba test.

#classified-information-and-state-secrets, #cold-war-era, #defense-and-military-forces, #hydrogen, #nuclear-weapons, #rosatom, #russia, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #ussr-former-soviet-union, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #your-feed-science

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Impossible, Unthinkable Change Is Happening in Belarus

Employees of state-controlled institutions are on strike, demanding that the president step down.

#belarus, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #minsk-belarus, #organized-labor, #strikes, #ussr-former-soviet-union

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Belarus Says Longtime Leader Is Re-elected in Vote Critics Call Rigged

Amid heavy repression and the most serious dissent in President Aleksandr Lukashenko’s 26 years in power, a government exit poll said he had won almost 80 percent of the vote.

#belarus, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #minsk-belarus, #politics-and-government, #russia, #ussr-former-soviet-union

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Twilight of the Liberal Right

Conservatism always contained the seeds of authoritarianism.

#applebaum-anne, #books-and-literature, #cold-war-era, #conservatism-us-politics, #ingraham-laura-a, #liberalism-us-politics, #poland, #politics-and-government, #twilight-of-democracy-the-seductive-lure-of-the-authoritarian-state-book, #united-states-politics-and-government, #ussr-former-soviet-union

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The Most Dangerous Phase of Trump’s Rule

His threat to democracy is nothing to laugh at.

#cohen-roger, #europe, #european-union, #france, #germany, #justice-department, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states, #ussr-former-soviet-union

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Reading Orwell for the Fourth of July

As we celebrate freedom, speaking freely is in danger.

#china, #facebook-inc, #freedom-of-the-press, #hong-kong, #orwell-george, #poland, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #social-media, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #ussr-former-soviet-union, #xi-jinping

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Russia Denies Paying Bounties, but Some Say the U.S. Had It Coming

Russia’s grievances against what it sees as American bullying and expansion into its own zones of influence have been stacking up for decades.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #central-intelligence-agency, #gru-russia, #kabul-afghanistan, #kgb, #moscow-russia, #obama-barack, #putin-vladimir-v, #trump-donald-j, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #ussr-former-soviet-union

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How Cubans Lost Faith in Revolution

In this election year, the key for American politicians to understanding Cuba’s politics is understanding its people and the promises of a better life that were not kept.

#castro-fidel, #castro-raul, #cuba, #diaz-canel-bermudez-miguel, #discrimination, #elections, #granma-newspaper, #havana-cuba, #heart, #hospitals, #obama-barack, #santeria-faith, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #ussr-former-soviet-union, #youth

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Coronavirus and the Price of Trump’s Delusions

A cult of personality is no match for a pandemic.

#accidents-and-safety, #azar-alex-m-ii, #bright-rick-a, #chernobyl-ukraine, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #hydroxychloroquine-drug, #midnight-in-chernobyl-the-story-of-the-worlds-greatest-nuclear-disaster-book, #news-and-news-media, #nuclear-energy, #quarantines, #redfield-robert-r, #rumors-and-misinformation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #ussr-former-soviet-union

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How Bubonic Plague Has Helped Russia Fight the Coronavirus

A network of health centers formed by the Soviet Union in the 1920s is providing expertise in quarantines and epidemic response for Covid-19.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #kyrgyzstan, #plague, #quarantines, #ussr-former-soviet-union

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