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Childhood Memories of Easters Gone By

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 04.18.2014 | Women
Tinatin Japaridze

Easter is one of the holidays I have always looked forward to the most. Perhaps even more so than Christmas, which is still not as festive a celebration in the former Soviet Union as New Year's Eve.

A Final Nail in the USSR Coffin? Thank You From NATO, Vladimir Vladimirovich!

John Brown | Posted 04.15.2014 | Politics
John Brown

Even from the most cynical Cold-War, money-is-money, dog-eat-dog capitalism-is-capitalism perspective, a redrawn Ukraine would be far more in the West's, rather than strictly "Russian," "ethnic" interest.

Back in the USSR

Daniel N. Nelson | Posted 03.19.2014 | Politics
Daniel N. Nelson

This is no Putin victory, and no Obama loss. It is a brazen Russian reassertion of interests. But being back in the USSR is of dubious benefit and no reward.

Gorbachev: Crimea's Referendum Corrected Soviet-Era Mistake

RT | Posted 03.18.2014 | World

The people of Crimea fixed a Soviet-era mistake with the Sunday’s referendum and the will of the people should not be punished by sanctions, said fo...

Rattling the Chains of the Cold War

Keith Runyon | Posted 03.15.2014 | Politics
Keith Runyon

For the baby boom generation -- one of which I am and so is President Putin -- those crises were critical to the formation of our views of the world.

Crisis in Ukraine

S. Azmat Hassan | Posted 03.04.2014 | Politics
S. Azmat Hassan

It is important for all the political actors affected by the Ukraine crisis to use diplomatic methods to resolve it. There is no military solution to it.

The Beatles Song "Back in the USSR" Connects Hispanic and Ex-Soviet Artists

Penka Skachkova | Posted 02.25.2014 | Arts
Penka Skachkova

Alexey believes that change is possible when more people embrace their own judgments of reality and stop accepting ideologies that are passed onto them. That's why, according to him, "Back in the USSR" is true art.

Russian Pop Culture in the West?

Tinatin Japaridze | Posted 04.15.2014 | Entertainment
Tinatin Japaridze

Since buying, owning and enjoying foreign records in Russia is no longer a political issue, why hasn't the vast nation, in turn, managed to capture western hearts with their take on pop music?

Sochi, Tsar Vladimir's Black Sea St. Vladimirsburg

John Brown | Posted 03.08.2014 | World
John Brown

St. Petersburg was constructed at great human and economic cost. So is the implementation of Putin's Sochi's urban/sport/entertainment fantasy, which some predict could turn into a nightmare.

In a Country Where the Government Breaks All Its Promises, Cubans Turn to Saint Lazarus

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 02.15.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

When I approach El Rincón I feel this energy that comes from pain and faith. The leprosy asylum with its sad stories, the illegal settlements that have grown up on both sides of the railway line and the whiff of the always burning candles. It is not a place for smiles.

Why Won't Cuban News Tell Us What's Happening in Ukraine?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 02.08.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

I imagine that many viewers, like me, watching that incoherent sequence, are asking themselves, "What? What's happening in the Ukraine?" But the official press can't answer us, because they can't even fulfill their role of telling us what's happening in Cuba.

Living in Putin's Neighborhood

Damon M. Wilson | Posted 02.02.2014 | World
Damon M. Wilson

Putin's alpha male diplomacy binds personal humiliation, threats to cripple the economy, and the use of force to intimidate Russia's neighbors.

The Illusion of Color

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Yoani Sanchez

On learning that there are still more than 700,000 black-and-white TVs in Cuba, I can't help but evoke the excited neighbors of my tenement using their fingertips to paint their cathode ray tubes.

PHOTOS: Creepy Shots Of Abandoned Soviet Bunker

weather.com | Posted 09.17.2013 | World

Russian photographer and urban explorer Sam Namos traveled to the town of Krasnokamianka in Crimea, Ukraine to capture photos of a subterranean Soviet...

If You Really Want to Understand Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria (and More), You Need Context. Try Blowback

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 11.13.2013 | Books
Jesse Kornbluth

The message that our military has exported for the last half century --- America as a super-nation, as the exception to all rules --- has made its way around the world and has returned home. Too bad so few of us have read Chalmers Johnson.

Book We're Talking About This Week

Posted 05.28.2013 | Books

You Are One Of Them by Elliott Holt $26.95, Penguin Press Published May 30th 2013 What is it about? The author's website describes it as "a haun...

LOOK: Scientists Bounce Laser Off Long-Lost Lunar Rover

Posted 04.30.2013 | Science

By: Leonard David Published: 04/30/2013 07:54 AM EDT on SPACE.com Scientists have successfully bounced a laser off the Soviet Union's old Lunokh...

Museum of Communism: Prague's Past Lives on in Cuba's Present

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.13.2013 | World
Yoani Sanchez

The first surprise was at the entrance, where the woman who was selling tickets had the courtesy to let me pass free, due to the fact -- she explained -- that I came from Cuba.

Russia Marks 60th Anniversary Of Stalin's Death

AP | MAX SEDDON | Posted 05.05.2013 | World

MOSCOW — Devotees of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin, whose brutal purges killed millions of innocent citizens and made his name a byword for total...

Helping Us to See the World Better

Shai Baitel | Posted 08.06.2012 | New York
Shai Baitel

At a time when the U.S.-Russian relations at a governmental level are frosty, the positive impact of civil society organizations, such as the Russian American Foundation, and their initiatives cannot be overstated.

The Russians, Back in Cuba With Their MasterCards

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 07.31.2012 | World
Yoani Sanchez

They walk among us and no one screams in fear, "The Soviets are back!" Because it's clear to everyone that they've returned and, swimming at our beaches or drinking a mojito in some tourist bar, they are -- clearly -- Russians.

Picturing Putin's Russia

Mark D. Steinberg | Posted 05.29.2012 | World
Mark D. Steinberg

Laughing mockery of power may let off steam. But it may also be a sign of something consequential: that many Russians, audacious and without fear, feel that Putinism has become an embarrassment and a hindrance.

Hearkening Back to the USSR

Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar | Posted 07.24.2012 | Politics
Swaminathan S. Anklesaria Aiyar

The U.S. must make itself attractive to its citizens, rather than penalize them for wanting to leave for more attractive destinations like Singapore.

Atomic Rate Rigging and the New China Syndrome

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 07.02.2012 | Green
Harvey Wasserman

Small wonder the death knell of new U.S. nukes may be upon us. Two reactors proposed for Florida will now, say its would-be builders, cost $24 billio...

What Killed Lenin?

AP | ALEX DOMINGUEZ | Posted 07.04.2012 | World

By ALEX DOMINGUEZ, Associated Press BALTIMORE — Stress, family medical history or possibly even poison led to the death of Vladimir Lenin, contra...