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August 1991 Coup Attempt
August 19, 2016

August 1991 Coup Attempt

By The Editors

Twenty-five years later, we take a look back at the August 19 coup attempt in Russia. Led by the Gang of Eight, men who owed their political careers to Mikhail Gorbachev, the coup plotters were attempting to restore dictatorship in the ailing Soviet Union.

Happy Russian Mail Day
July 10, 2016

Happy Russian Mail Day

By Eugenia Sokolskaya

In honor of the Day of Russian Mail (July 10 this year), we offer a crash course in the history of Russian mail delivery, from the yam stations of the Golden Horde to the Russian Post of modern Russia.

World War II in Russian Memory
June 22, 2016

World War II in Russian Memory

By Nina Shevchuk-Murray

June 22nd, as any student of Soviet history knows, is the day remembered in the official histories as the beginning of the Great Patriotic War. Recent TV productions have sought to keep the state sanctioned view of the war alive in popular memory.

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