11 Jun

Ukraine Diaries: Dispatches from Kiev

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Early in the Christian era, a series of invaders (Goths, Huns, Avars) overran the Ukrainian steppes, and in the 7th cent. the Khazars included much of Ukraine in their empire. Yet we know that of the hundreds of thousands who joined the Party in the Stalin era, not all could have agreed with all the important Party positions that were of vital concern to the Soviet Union. Kremlinologists have long noted the Soviet military's extreme penchant for secrecy, but surely that couldn't fully explain what appears to be a self-defeating strategic error of extraordinary magnitude.

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11 Jun

The Russian People and Foreign Policy: Russian Elite and

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The CSTO includes the other Customs Union members—Belarus and Kazakhstan—as well as several potential members: Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan. Khrushchev's attempts at reform in industry and administrative organization created even greater problems. At the Potsdam Conference, the leaders of the Allied states came together to determine the postwar order of Europe and took decisions on the strategies of the ongoing war in the Pacific.

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11 Jun

A People's Tragedy: The Russian Revolution 1891-1924

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Believing in the decency of mankind, they don't pay heed to the Nazi threat. Because, he explained, if a man drinks and then goes home and sees his daughter lying in bed, bad things could ensue. I was given a set of values.” When I was a graduate student at Columbia University in the early 1970s, I came to the then-tentative conclusion that I would probably never encounter a morally weaker, more cowardly group of people than college administrators. …What prompted this conclusion in the 1970s was seeing a handful of radical students take over classrooms at Columbia and shut down the university while professors and deans, individuals whose lives were supposedly dedicated to the open mind and to learning, did nothing.

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10 Jun

Political Culture and Leadership in Soviet Russia: From

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At the same time, work on chemical and biological warfare (CBW) was making rapid progress. Stalin was also suspected of a series of other robberies, which he had allegedly performed to feed the revolution. It did not need a foreign enemy to “defeat” it, for it was deteriorating from within. The Soviet Union suffered the largest loss of life in the war, but halted the Axis advance at intense battles such as that at Stalingrad, eventually driving through Eastern Europe and capturing Berlin in 1945.

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10 Jun

Reluctant Capitalists: Russia's Journey Through Market

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Since then, the Russian Federation has assumed the Soviet Union's rights and obligations. All four are linked to Institute on the USA and Canada of the Soviet Academy of Sciences. Gazprom has begun expanding the natural gas discounts formerly reserved for strategic partners such as Germany or Italy. The impact of the Mongol invasion on the territories of Kievan Rus' was uneven. The story of SPT Layzner features students from both sides of the Iron Curtain traveling to the moon together on the equivalent of a field trip.

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10 Jun

Militarizing Men: Gender, Conscription, and War in

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Because Moscow considered Eastern Europe to be a critically vital buffer zone for the forward defense of its western borders (in case of another major invasion such as the German invasion of 1940), the USSR sought to cement its control of the region by transforming the Eastern European countries into satellite states dependent upon and subservient to its leadership. Distinguished African American Political and Governmental Leaders. Conquest to this day remains for right-wing historians one of the most important sources of material on the Soviet Union.

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10 Jun

By Richard Sakwa - Russian Politics and Society: 4th

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Unlike traditional Orthodox Jews, Dennis Prager does not wear a kipa (skullcap) when he’s out and about. It means that everybody is a tool for everybody. Eisenhower had suffered a heart attack, bungled the U-2 spy plane incident, and dispatched federal troops to Little Rock to enforce school desegregation. It was a rare moment for me -- I was at a loss for words. Meaningful engagement of compatriots in this context was limited, in part by their low level of political mobilization (with a few exceptions, Crimea among them).

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10 Jun

Russians in the Former Soviet Republics

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Begin, Menachem. "Israel and the Jewish People." The Reds were not going to let that happen. On the night of July 16-17, 1918, Czar Nicholas, his wife, their children, the family dog, three servants, and the family doctor were all woken up, taken to the basement, and shot. I consider the Soviet Union to have been a colossal failure and a wrong turn in the history of socialism. The nine case studies, the Baltics, Eastern Europe, and the Southern Caucasus, show variation in their voting practices.

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10 Jun

Engaging with Russia: The Next Phase

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While the Allies restored democracy in their regions, Russia began making Soviet satellites out of its 'liberated' lands; the split between the two was dubbed the Iron Curtain. In 1974, Solzhenitsyn renounced his Soviet citizenship and emigrated to Switzerland and then the US. Addressing parliament on the 75th anniversary of Nazi Germany's attack on the Soviet Union, Putin berated the West for being unwilling to build "a modern, non-bloc collective security system" with Russia. "Russia is open to discuss this crucial … [Read more...] Russian centre director praised for fostering relations with Vietnam An insignia was presented to the Director of the Russian Centre of Science and Culture in Hanoi, Zubtsova Elena Robertovna, on May 17 to recognise her efforts in fostering mutual understanding and cooperation between Vietnam and Russia.

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09 Jun

The Baltic States in World Politics

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In an interview with EUROPP’s Managing Editor Stuart Brown, Andreas Umland, Associate Professor at National... more Protests began in Ukraine in November following the country’s failure to sign an Association Agreement with the European Union. On Ukraine, Putin decisively sided with the hardliners when it came to Crimea, but sided with the liberals on the issue of whether or not to invade Ukraine proper. In addition, since the 1970s, the growth rate had slowed substantially.

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