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Former Soviet Union

Top 10 Reasons to Travel the Ex-USSR

Miles Atkinson | Posted 09.24.2014 | Travel
Miles Atkinson

This is the land of communal bathrooms, sweaty trains, body odor and too much mayonnaise. But, if you can set aside a few creature comforts, then the former Soviet Union is the most exciting travel destination there is.

Must See Yerevan

Jared S. Baumeister | Posted 07.06.2014 | Travel
Jared S. Baumeister

While you are unlikely to confuse Yerevan with Paris, Tamanyan's plans were successful in making Yerevan a city that is quite distinct from many of the grey, monolithic ex-Soviet cities that litter the territory of the former USSR.

Poll: A Majority Of Russians Miss The Soviet Empire

The Huffington Post | Nick Robins-Early | Posted 05.08.2014 | World

A majority of Russians think it's a real shame the USSR isn't around anymore, according to a survey released by Pew Global Research on Thursday. Out o...

Putin, Ukraine and Anti-Semitism: It's Real

Richard Brodsky | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

Anyone who dismisses the resurgence of Nazism in the former Soviet Union is, well, doing a disservice to the truth, historical memory and the Jewish community. The history and severity of anti-Semitism in Ukraine is of such enormity as to touch millions across the world.

My Own Piece of the Berlin Wall

James M. Clash | Posted 03.01.2014 | Travel
James M. Clash

On a chilly fall night, my friend and I headed over to the smaller Potsdamer Platz section. It wasn't for drama that we traveled under cover of the dark. There's an unwritten rule that tourists are not to take pieces off the remaining Wall, for obvious reasons.

A New Jackson-Vanik

Abraham H. Foxman | Posted 10.16.2013 | World
Abraham H. Foxman

This disturbing similar oppression of the LGBT community in Russia and that of Soviet Jewry should instruct us in how to respond.

Ukraine's Freezing Winter Baptismal Holiday

Miles Atkinson | Posted 05.18.2013 | Travel
Miles Atkinson

January 19 is a holiday in the Orthodox tradition commemorating the baptism of Jesus. On this day all the waters become holy. Believers, revelers, and exhibitionists alike wade out naked into the rivers and lakes in a ritualistic freezing bath.

Kourtney and Kim, Will You Take Orran? An Open Letter to Kim Kardashian

Kristy Khachigian | Posted 05.05.2013 | Impact
Kristy Khachigian

Like you, I am one of a million Armenians living in the United States with endless, everyday opportunity. Our "cousins" in Armenia are creative and entrepreneurial -- just like us -- but in the shadow of the former Soviet Union, they constantly fight poverty and repression.

Europe's Last Dictator

Reuters | Posted 01.27.2013 | World

MINSK, Nov 27 (Reuters) - He is a pariah in the West, viewed suspiciously by Russia and loathed by opponents in exile or jail, but Belarussian Presi...

Georgia Sheds Its Soviet Past for a New Generation

David Weiss | Posted 09.02.2012 | Impact
David Weiss

Georgia's efforts to better the lives of its children are to be applauded. For in a region of the world scarred by its past, Georgia's actions on behalf of its most vulnerable citizens have ensured a better, more stable and brighter future.

Putin Proposes 'Eurasian Union' Of Former Soviet Nations

AP | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | Posted 12.04.2011 | World

MOSCOW — Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has proposed forming a "Eurasian Union" of former Soviet nations, saying the bloc could become a major gl...

Azerbaijan's Autocratic President Keeps Pro-Democracy Activists at Bay

Jeff Burbank | Posted 06.13.2011 | World
Jeff Burbank

Protesters have built momentum toward what they hope leads to a society free of President Aliyev's authoritarian rule that clamps down on the news media and critics of his government.

Supporting Democracy and Supporting Dictatorship in Egypt

Lincoln Mitchell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lincoln Mitchell

Deemphasizing democracy rhetoric was a reasonable strategy for the Obama administration as it allowed them to differentiate their administration from Bush's. The problem is, it also gave the appearance that the U.S. was casting its lot with the authoritarians.

Notorious Spy Cases Around The World (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

From new reports of a detained American found with "technology" hidden in her teeth in Iran to the ongoing fervor over deported Russian "bombshell" An...

Russia Rebuilds Memorial That Was Destroyed By Georgians

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Russia unveiled a stunning new memorial dedicated to Soviet troops who fought in World War II in Moscow, just one year after a similar monument was de...

Film Review: My Perestroika

Stewart Nusbaumer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Arts
Stewart Nusbaumer

My Perestroika tells the story of five rather ordinary Russians who have lived during extraordinary times, in mind-boggling times, dangerous and, for some, incredibly rewarding times.

Russian Mafia Crackdown Across Europe Arrests 69 Alleged Gangsters

csmonitor.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A Europe-wide crackdown on alleged mobsters from the former Soviet Union continued Monday, with arrests now totaling at least 69. The suspects are acc...

Mikhail Gorbachev Supports US Withdrawal From Afghanistan (Video)

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Mikhail Gorbachev supports a troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. The former president of the Soviet Union spoke to CNN's John King Sunday on State Of ...

Moment of Truth In Afghanistan, Iran, Israel-Palestine, Southeast Asia, Africa, FSU

Stephen C. Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Stephen C. Rose

In all these situations, violence is active or incipient. In all of them, there is no solution being proposed that promises an end to the prospect of more of the same.

Europe's Last Ruling Communists

Amb. Swanee Hunt | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Amb. Swanee Hunt

Today is election day in Moldova, Europe's poor step-sister in the southeast corner, near the Black Sea.