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There are 11 item(s) tagged with the keyword "Soviet".

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1. Khrushchev and Me

In the winter of 1968, ousted Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev was brooding in his government dacha outside Moscow, readying to send his memoirs abroad. Then the British military attache and his son stopped by for a visit.

Tags: soviet, khrushchev
2. Aurora's Sunset

Soviet revolutionary mythology had it that the Aurora’s shot, signaling the beginning of the Bolshevik Revolution, was heard round the world. We check in to find out the latest on the cruiser, and to examine some of its own myths.

Tags: navy, aurora, revolution, leningrad, soviet
3. ALIK

Before he became the assassin of the 20th century, Lee Harvey Oswald defected to the Soviet Union, where he was called Alik and married Marina, a young Russian woman searching for love. A new play brings to life this period in history.

Tags: cia, kgb, soviet, oswald
4. Chernobyl: The State Secret

30 years ago today, the Chernobyl Nuclear Plant had a meltdown: "Flames, sparks, and chunks of burning material went flying... These were red-hot pieces of nuclear fuel and graphite..."

Tags: Chernobyl, nuclear, accident, Belarus, soviet
By Marina Latysheva
5. Venedikt Erofeev's Art of Alcoholism

Vodka gets its fair share of PR as far as Russia is concerned. But is it always for the right reasons? October 24 marks the birth of Venedikt Erofeev, at least as well known for his drinking and vagrancy as for his writing.

Tags: vodka, Erofeev, Soviet
By Alice E.M. Underwood
6. Why Stalin Called Andrei Platonov "Scum" – with 8 Quirky Quotes

Andrei Platonov spawned many an incongruous image and incomprehensible sentence. Compared by some scholars to James Joyce, he was critiqued by Stalin himself, yet he avoided prosecution. We dig into his challenging literary style.

Tags: literature, soviet, stalin
By Alice E.M. Underwood
7. The Tower of (Isaac) Babel

July 13 is the anniversary of Isaac Babel's birth. Now celebrated as one of teh great writers of the twentieth century, he had a very difficult time gaining acceptance during his lifetime, and repeatedly suffered from antisemitism, official and otherwise.

Tags: literature, soviet, civil war, jews
By Alice E.M. Underwood
8. The Latchkey Murders

Senior Lieutenant Pavel Matyushkin is back on the case in this prequel to the popular mystery Murder at the Dacha, in which a serial killer is on the loose in Khrushchev’s Moscow...

Tags: fiction, history, soviet, Khrushchev, Moscow
9. Murder at the Dacha

Senior Lieutenant Pavel Matyushkin has a problem. Several, actually. Not the least of them is the fact that a powerful Soviet boss has been murdered, and Matyushkin's surly commander has given him an unreasonably short time frame to close the case.

Tags: fiction, history, soviet, Khrushchev, Moscow, Moscow
10. Afghanistan: A Second Chance?

Thirty years ago, in 1979, the Persian Gulf was a tinderbox. On January 16, following months of uprisings, the Shah of Iran was overthrown. One month later, it looked like Afghanistan’s turn. The Soviet-backed thugs running the country had imposed radical social reforms, sparking a civil war and threatening pro-Soviet rule...

Tags: afghanistan, soviet, intervention, war
By Paul E. Richardson

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