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The past is prologue.
Part II of article about Tsar Nicholas I of Russia.
Editor's suggestions of books about the transition of the former Soviet States.
After the Time of Troubles and the beginning of the Romanov Dynasty (1613), Russia saw a century characterized by rebellion and war.
A brief look at the often time confusing issue of the 'old' and 'new' calendars used by Russia and the Russian Orthodox Church. This article contains links to indepth and more technical material on the subject.
The presidency and life of former President Boris Yeltsin who resigned on December 31, 1999.
The dramatic life and times of Tsar Nicholas I of Russia who reigned from 1826 to 1855. Nicholas I believed that he was accountable directly to God for all of his actions and answered to no man. This has become known as the <I>Nicholas System</I>.
The 'old' Soviet Hymn is now the official anthem of the Russian Federation, minus the original lyrics. New lyrics have been approved by Pres. Putin; read them and listen to the Anthem here.
Find out how a Bishop from Turkey became the patron saint of Moscow and Santa Claus to the world.
Controversial actions of the Russian leader during the Mongol domination of the 13th century.
Celebrated on November 7, this Russian holiday used to be called Revolution Day and was the most important holiday during the Soviet Era.
Russia's stance on the issue of the ABM Treaty vs. the U.S. NMD program has well understood and consistant for some time. On December 13, 2001, President Bush officially announced his nation's withdrawal from the treaty. The short and long term consequences are heavily debated and yet to be seen.
Serfs and Slaves; did Emancipation really mean freedom in Russia or the U.S.?
Told that the Rodina was not in so bad a shape that she needed girls to protect her, these future heroes were sent home to their mothers. Soon, they were called back and became a crucial element in the protection of their homeland and victory over Nazi Germany.
Part II - Islamic rebels
Death of Stalin.
Russia's turbulent Time of Trouble, period between the Rurik and Romanov Dynasties.
Russia and Japan have yet to sign a WWII peace treaty. At the center of the dispute are four ancient volcanic islands, part of the Kuril Islands help by Russia and known to Japan as the Northern Territory.
Thirty years ago, Valentin Baranovsky began to take pictures of both everyday life and major events in his home town. This became a unique one-man artistic project to document three decades of St.Petersburg life. The photographs, to be presented in book form and through exhibitions, date from 1970 to 2000.