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Crisis in Ukraine: Where are they now?

Almost one year after the Ukrainian revolution, which took place in February and the ongoing waive of demonstrations across the post-Soviet country, civilians are being killed, according a United Nations report. 1,454 more words


Gulag 13

A strange locale, no one knows when Gulag 13 appeared in Purgatory or even if it was constructed in the wastes by some group of people at one time or another. 218 more words


The Difference One Goofy Teenager Can Make

On May 28, 1987, an 18-year-old German named Mathias Rust flew his Cessna airplane from West Germany across the Iron Curtain and into the Soviet Union. 203 more words

Coming soon: A "Made in USA" Republic Day parade in India

On Monday morning, the president of the world’s oldest democracy will sit through a Soviet-style celebration at the world’s largest.

Barack Obama, the first US president to attend India’s Republic Day parade in New Delhi, will watch a two-hour-long procession of India’s democratic—and military—traditions, replete with tanks, aerial acrobatics, marching bands, camels, and dancing school children. 626 more words

A One-Time Review of Soviet Ballet in Bishkek

Honestly, I wasn’t expecting it to be so bad.  I thought that it would be quaint and soviet, but still graceful and artful (like the majestic soviet-era building that houses the national theater with its peeling pale pink walls and chandeliers reflectent in floor-to-ceiling mirrors).   194 more words

Living Abroad

Kronstadt, Russia (2014)

In Russia there are enough modern ruins to establish an entire republic of rubble. Altough it has been almost 25 years since the collapse of Soviet Union, the chaos after that and the huge changes in the country during ’90s are the main reasons for desertion of hundreds of industrial complexes, apartment blocks, even entire villages. 986 more words

Urban Exploring

Ex-Soviet spy: Putin has no choice but to invade Lithuania

Insight into the Russian popular mentality has always been difficult for outsiders. Churchill’s famous comment that “Russia is a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma” still exerts considerable influence over people daring to try to fathom what could be going on inside the minds of ordinary people in a country that appears to have achieved a significant amount culturally, scientifically and otherwise over the centuries, but which is overall still a fairly brutal and ghastly place. 1,929 more words