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11. Why Stalin's Corpse Was Exhumed on Halloween

The body of Joseph Stalin was removed from the mausoleum on Red Square on October 31, 1961. It may not be as spooky as Halloween, but the former leader still haunts Russia today.

Tags: Russia, USSR, Soviet Union, Stalin, Lenin, mausoleum
By Alice E.M. Underwood
12. Listen and Learn: Shostakovich Turns 110

Dmitry Shostakovich created classical music that spoke to modern times. Read up on his life story and listen along to some of finest works along the way. 

Tags: russia, shostakovich, music, composer, soviet union, ussr, stalin, classical
By Alice E.M. Underwood
13. A Tour to Nowhere (in pictures)

What does it look like when a whole town empties out and there’s nothing but a few decaying buildings to prove anyone lived there at all?

Tags: russian architecture, ghost towns, monogoroda, churches, ussr, economy, abkhazia, tvarkcheli, solikamsk, monotowns, photography
By Alice E.M. Underwood
14. Bears in the Caviar

Bears in the Caviar is a hilarious and insightful memoir by a diplomat who was “present at the creation” of US-Soviet relations. Charles Thayer headed off to Russia in 1933, calculating that if he could just learn Russian and be on the spot when the US and USSR established relations, he could make himself indispensable and start a career in the foreign service. Remarkably, he pulled it of.

Tags: diplomacy, history, ussr
15. The Sino-Soviet Love-Hate Relationship

On Valentine's Day 65 years ago, the USSR and China signed their Treaty of Friendship. But their budding romance was not to last: just six years later the relationship went south, and nothing has been as rosy since.

Tags: china, ussr, russia, international relation, treaties
By Eugenia Sokolskaya
16. The Mystery of the Kirov Assassination

The assassination of Sergei Kirov on December 1, 1934, set off one of the bloodiest periods in Russian history. Was it a conspiracy involving the highest ranks of leadership? Or was it all planned and carried out by one "lone gunman"? We may never know.

Tags: stalin, kirov, soviet union, ussr
By Eugenia Sokolskaya
17. Yuri Vizbor: Soviet Renaissance Man

Think you know Yuri Vizbor? Think again! Sure, you may have heard his songs, but did you know he was also a teacher? An alpinist? A journalist? A radio operator?

Tags: vizbor, songwriters, ussr, russia, music
By Eugenia Sokolskaya
18. Subbotniks: Soviet "Days of Service"

Once, a group of factory workers decided to work without pay for the war effort. Somehow their voluntary sacrifice became the entire Soviet Union's mandatory labor - all "for the greater good."

Tags: ussr, russian history, subbotnik, lenin
By Eugenia Sokolskaya
19. The Many Homelands of Sergei Parajanov

Start with an Armenian base, drop in some Tbilisi, some Moscow, some Kiev, stir in amazing cinematography and strong political convictions, season with a Siberian labor camp – and voila! You're getting close to the legendary filmmaker Sergei Parajanov.

Tags: film, ussr, soviet union, sergei parajanov, traditions, cinema, dissidence
By Eugenia Sokolskaya
20. Boris Grebenshikov, a Founding Father of Soviet Rock

When the music you sing is banned, when the entire genre is identified with the enemy, how do you find the courage to keep singing? Just ask Boris Grebenshikov!

Tags: boris grebenshikov, music, russian music, russia, russian, ussr, soviet union, rock music
By Eugenia Sokolskaya

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