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The First Soviet Nuclear Blast Pride Turns To Tragedy 70 Years Later

August 29, 2019           |                                       

August 29 marks the day that the Soviet Union conducted its first nuclear explosion in 1949. Seventy years later, the four decades of tests at the Semipalatinsk site in Kazakhstan are seen as a tragedy in the now-independent country. People living nearby say the effects of the blasts are still being felt.

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Soviet-Era Rock Star's Monument In Almaty Used To Express Protest

May 30, 2019           |                                       

Unidentified persons have attached a bilingual cardboard sign to the statue of Soviet-era rock star Viktor Tsoi in Kazakhstan’s largest city, Almaty, in an apparent gesture of protest ahead of a snap presidential election. The sign, reading “Changes” in Russian and “Kazakh spring” in Kazakh, was spotted attached to the statue’s right hand early on […]

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Stalin's Appeal Surging Among Russians, Opinion Poll Suggests

April 16, 2019           |                                       

Respect among Russians for Josef Stalin rose sharply in the past year and hit its highest levels since at least 2001, according to an opinion poll that could fuel concern that President Vladimir Putin’s government is rehabilitating the Soviet dictator blamed for the deaths of millions of his own country’s citizens. A total of 70 […]

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Former Estonian Security Agent Suspected Of 'Cooperating' With Russian Intelligence

April 12, 2019           |                                       

A former Estonian security agent who was once awarded a medal for his service to the small Baltic nation has been detained on suspicion of cooperating with Russian intelligence, the director of Estonia’s Internal Security Service (KAPO) said on April 12. Vladimir Kulikov was detained on March 26, Arnold Sinisalu, KAPO’s director general said, adding […]

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April 11, 2019           |                                       

“EXIT NATO!” was the glaring title on a huge screen greeting the several hundred participants of the Anti-NATO Conference in Florence, Italy, on 7 April 2019. Officially it was called The International Conference on the 70th Anniversary of NATO, sponsored by Global Research of Canada and the International Coalition to Ban Uranium Weapons (ICBUW). I […]

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“Today is the first seance,” says a short-haired woman in a pink cocktail dress, seconds before blissful footage of fog flowing over a lake takes over the screen while acoustic guitar music plays. The scene is meant to give viewers a taste of the mysteries to come, but it feels more like the beginning of […]

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Russian Probe Targets Lithuanian Judges Over War Crimes Conviction

April 10, 2019           |                                       

Russian authorities have lashed out at Lithuania, announcing a criminal investigation into judges at a Vilnius court that convicted dozens of former Soviet army personnel, mostly in absentia, of committing war crimes and crimes against humanity during Moscow’s deadly 1991 crackdown on the Baltic nation’s independence movement. In a statement on April 10, the Russian […]

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Russian Woman Killed After Water Pipe Bursts In St. Peterburg

April 8, 2019           |                                       

A Russian woman has been killed after an underground water pipe burst near a residential building in the city of St. Petersburg. The Investigative Committee said on April 8 that the pipe burst at around 3 a.m., sending boiling water through the window of a first-floor apartment. The 64-year-old woman, who sustained serious burns, died […]

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The Canadian government under Justin Trudeau is undermining not just Canada’s (ok, undeserved) reputation as an honest, fair mediator, but he has chosen 2019 to make Canada the enabler of the worst of US imperial policies. Yes, the Huawei debacle is an embarrassment that will be remembered more as a joke, though possibly as the […]

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Lithuanian Court To Issue Verdict In 1991 Soviet Crackdown Trial

March 27, 2019           |                                       

A Lithuanian court is scheduled to issue a verdict in a crimes-against-humanity case involving former Soviet military officials accused in the 1991 crackdown against the сountry’s independence movement. The March 27 ruling is expected to be the culmination of three years of proceedings, focused on the deaths of 14 people killed by the Soviet Army […]

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Moscow Fires Broadside Amid Ukrainian Campaign Against Russian War Film In U.S.

February 21, 2019           |                                       

MOSCOW — When Dmitry Smelansky saw a Facebook post promoting a screening of a new Russian war movie called T-34 at a local theater near Boston, where he lives, he was outraged. The film is a tribute to the Soviet tank that helped defeat Nazi Germany in World War II and the latest in a […]

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30 Years Later, Russia Aims To Rewrite The Soviet War In Afghanistan

February 15, 2019           |                                       

When a legislative body formed in the reformist Gorbachev era gathered in Moscow in December 1989 to reflect on the U.S.S.R.’s failed war in Afghanistan, its assessment of the military effort that had left 15,000 Soviet troops and millions of Afghans dead was unequivocal. “The Congress of People’s Deputies of the U.S.S.R. holds that the […]

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40 Years On, Mystery Still Surrounds Shooting Death Of U.S. Ambassador To Afghanistan

February 14, 2019           |                                       

On February 14, 1979, Adolph Dubs, the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan, was kidnapped at gunpoint, held hostage in a Kabul hotel, and killed in a botched rescue attempt. Forty years on, the precise circumstances surrounding the death of the 58-year-old diplomat remain shrouded in mystery. Several questions remain unanswered, including who was behind Dubs’ kidnapping, […]

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Boris Kerimbaev, Commander Of 'Muslim Battalion' In Soviet Afghan War, Dead At 71

February 12, 2019           |                                       

A commander of the so-called Muslim Battalion of Soviet troops in Afghanistan, retired Colonel Boris Kerimbaev, has died at the age of 71 in Kazakhstan. Kerimbaev died in Almaty on February 12. He gained prominence in 1981-83 when he commanded the Soviet Army’s 177th special battalion, which was formed in Kazakhstan and consisted mainly of […]

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