I’m revisiting this book which I last read nearly 25 years ago: it’s astonishing what a curiosity it now seems. I’m still interested in books about life in the Soviet Union, and still can’t make up my mind about the whole experiment, which so many younger people now know almost nothing about; increasingly history is written by ‘the victors’ and a balanced approach to more than seventy years of Russian history eludes us. 475 more words
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Above Isaak Brodsky Stalin
Below attributed to Yuri Annenkov Trotsky
by Nick Wright
You really couldn’t make it up. Evan Davis – possibly the BBC personage most in awe of business bosses and most uncritical of the ‘existing state of things’ – is hosting a discussion on the Russian Revolution. 473 more words
Auction house Alexander Historical Auctions has sold Hitler’s personalised red Siemens telephone which he used to give orders to his Wehrmacht (army).
The telephone, which bears his name and a swastika, was found in Hitler’s Berlin bunker after the fall of Nazi Germany. 73 more words
Even as Governor of Tamil Nadu, Vidyasagar Rao sought for a report on the trust vote held on Saturday, sources say that he is unlikely to interfere. 74 more words
Do not doubt that Donald Trump’s greatest danger to America is his close relationship with Vladimir Putin. They have plans, and those plans will remove democracy forever from our nation. 480 more words
Chapter XV from my novel Friction.
The priest made the appropriate hand motions and mumblings before the truck then went around to the passenger side and climbed in with the trucks rumbling forward then across the border in a strong white line of rattling obstinate defiance critical humanitarian aid the Russians say thinly veiled invasion the Ukrainians say half empty fully empty partially full cargo trucks knocking down the main road to Luhansk then turning off and heading north via country road into the village of Uralo-Kavkaz to avoid Ukrainian troops coming some 80 years after the Holodomor which is still widely a secret the genocide of millions unmentioned in the West coming into Ukraine this time instead of hauling people wasted out to Siberia and other desolate locales leaving them to scavenge fruitlessly for food and evaporate into the frozen air the trucks now a ruse to provide cover for pro-Russian separatists who were on the point of being overrun by Ukrainian forces the white Russian trucks a dare as it were to the Ukrainian government to continue military action against the rebels and thereby risk striking these mobile offerings of humanitarian aid… 39 more words
It is no longer possible to deny the fact that Trump is a fascist and emulates Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, and Vladimir Putin. His plan to use the state’s national guards to virtually search house to house and deport undocumented workers is exactly the same as Hitler’s attempt at genocide. 416 more words