October 01, 1999

Russian Calendar



OCTOBER

1 Day of the Elderly. Fifty years ago the USSR recognized the People’s Republic of China. The USSR was the first to acknowledge the new state. In the 1950s, one of the most popular Soviet songs was “Russians and Chinese Are Brothers Forever,” which turned out not to be the case. In the 1960s, bilateral relations soured and there was military confrontation along the Amur River. In the late 1980s 1990s, relations warmed considerably through trade ties (consumer goods to Russia, arms to China) and especially when both stood against NATO on the war in Yugoslavia. This summer, a huge Chinese supermarket was unveiled with great fanfare in Moscow (see photo).

4 Day of Armed Space Forces


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