Category Archives: USSR

Kurenevskaya tragedy, 60 years later. How and why one of the largest catastrophes happened in Kiev – history, archives, photos

Author: Elena Nasyrova Exactly 60 years ago, on March 13, 1961, the Kurenev tragedy occurred. On this day, a powerful mudflow destroyed the protective dam in Babi Yar and fell on Kurenevka. Elena Nasyrova, editor-in-chief of the VARTO publishing house, tells about the circumstances and causes of the tragedy especially for NV. The catastrophe, which caused great destruction and claimed several hundred human lives, was

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Archaeologists uncover skeletons of WWII-era nuns murdered by Russian soldiers

6 March 2021 – Fox News The nuns were from the order of St. Catherine of Alexandria. Polish archaeologists have recently identified previously uncovered skeletons of three Catholic nuns who were killed by Russian soldiers at the end of World War II.  The Russian army invaded Poland in 1944 after Germany’s occupation, hoping to gain control by imprisoning, exiling and assassinating Polish soldiers, civilians and members of its religious community. Historical records from

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Russia should pay up to $800 BILLION for ‘Soviet crimes’ of Ukrainian & Georgian leaders, says Lithuanian independence figurehead

Warning! More whining from the Kremlin Liberating the Baltic nations from Nazi occupation cost more than a quarter of a million Red Army soldiers their lives. Now, though, the ‘father of Lithuanian Independence’ wants Russia to pay the country in cash as compensation. Vytautas Landsbergis, the former chairman of the Supreme Council of Lithuania, who led the nation as it

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Last Lenin Statue in Ukraine Falls

Paul Goble             Staunton, January 28 – The last statue of Lenin on public land in those portions of Ukraine controlled by Kyiv was demolished by unknown persons. It had stood in the village of Staryye Troyany in Odessa Oblast. Its removal brings to the end the so-called “Leninfall” that has been taking place in Ukraine since 1991.             In

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Rep.-elect Victoria Spartz, raised in Soviet country, says it’s ‘crazy’ for Americans to want socialism here

28 December, 2020 – Marisa Schultz | Fox News The Indiana Republican wants to work on health care reforms to combat the Left’s Medicare-for-All movement. Rep.-elect Victoria Spartz grew up in Soviet-controlled Ukraine and saw the “misery” that occurs when socialism fails. So the incoming GOP representative is alarmed by how the left, especially young people, ave embraced socialism here in America as a solution.  She left Ukraine

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A Photographic Trove Of Village Life In Postwar Ukraine

In the attic of an old house, artist Ihor Solodovnikov stumbled on a collection of 5,000 photographs taken by his grandfather, Ivan Lytvyn. The images preserve the faces of Ukrainian villagers in the postwar period and the folk traditions that were rarely, if ever, captured by official Soviet photographers. The unique find documents how rural Ukrainians lived and worked, what

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The Kiev-Class: This Russian Aircraft Carrier Was Built To Kill Other Carriers

An ambitious ship that proved not very useful. by Kyle Mizokami Here’s What You Need to Know: The Kiev-class carriers were an ambitious attempt to give Russia a powerful ship capable of taking on American aircraft carriers. At the tail end of the Cold War, the Soviet Union produced a number of unique aircraft carriers. Known as the Kiev class, the

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Vitaly Portnikov: “The ghost of the Soviet Union was definitively buried in Ukraine in 2014”

Source: Krym.RealiiTranslated by: Christine Chraibi There seems to be a very big crisis in the post-Soviet space. Let’s take a quick look at the events of the recent weeks and check out what’s been happening in different regions of the former Soviet Union. Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov was forced to resign following a week of protests against the rigged parliamentary elections. Thousands

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Op-Ed: Disinformation about history leads to disinformation about the present

Article prepared by Dalia Bankauskaite – a Nonresident Fellow in CEPA’s Democratic Resilience program. Firstly published by DFRLab as part of their effort to broaden expertise and understanding of information ecosystems around the world. Putin’s June 2020 essay paints an intentionally distorted history of World War II It is vital to understand why Russia’s rewriting of history holds dangerous implications for

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Putin Recreates Soviet-Era Political Supervision Over National Guards

President Vladimir Putin has created a new post in Russia’s National Guard to ensure ideological education and political unity amid questions over the country’s return to once-abolished Soviet practices. The Russian military has gained political influence in both domestic and foreign policy since the 2014 annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and renewed geopolitical tensions with the West. In 2018, Putin

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Soviet-era repression, deportation & famine wiped out a third of Ukraine’s population

Editor’s Note It is literally impossible to count the exact number of victims of political repression in Ukraine. According to the Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance, tens of thousands of people were executed, hundreds of thousands were imprisoned, sent to concentration camps or maximum security penal colonies, and interned in psychiatric wards. During the Great Terror/Purge of 1937-1938 alone, 198,918

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“Mr. Jones” film exposes the fake news campaign behind Stalin’s Ukrainian genocide

UkraineAlert by Serhii Plokhii The movie “Mr. Jones” is an important new historical drama with a very contemporary context. Released in the US in spring 2020, it sheds long overdue light on one of Stalin’s worst crimes, while also serving as a timely reminder that today’s talk of fake news is actually nothing new. Written by Andrea Chalupa and directed

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KGB file reveals how the Kremlin planned to destabilize Ukraine in the early 1990s

On July 16, 2020, Ukraine celebrated the Declaration of State Sovereignty of Ukraine, approved on July 16, 1990 by the recently elected parliament of the Ukrainian SSR by a vote of 355 for and four against. This was the first step towards the independence of Ukraine, officially proclaimed on August 24, 1991. The document decreed that Ukrainian SSR laws took precedence over the laws of

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Poland lifted statute of limitations for crimes of communism

Prosecutors of Institute of National Remembrance of Poland will be able to continue to prosecute people responsible for the crimes of the communist regime in Poland In Poland, the statute of limitations for crimes of the communist era of 1944-1990 was canceled. The relevant law was signed by President Andrzej Duda. Radio Poland reports. The regulations currently in force provide

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Russian embassy calls Baltic States privileged under Soviet occupation

2020/06/28 – 08:00 – Euromaidan Press In September last year we revealed how the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs smeared the Baltic countries by claiming they have not become democracies respecting the rule of law. Despite the pushback, the Kremlin’s disinformation campaign has once again been dialed to history, due to the postponed Victory day parade celebrating the 75th anniversary of WWII. This

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Marshal Konev Makes Triumphant Return To Prague

June 25, 2020 10:26 GMT – By RFE/RL After the controversial removal of a statue of Soviet Marshal Ivan Konev in Prague in April, the wartime Red Army commander has returned to Prague — in force. As part of the eighth annual Landscape Festival, 12 small statues of Konev were installed around Prague’s Zizkov district. Some are painted to look like

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Ukrainian women, among many others, executed by the NKVD in Dubno prison on June 24-25, 1941

When the German army launched Operation Barbarossa against the USSR on June 22, 1941, the NKVD troops (People’s Commissariat for Internal Affairs) were ordered to evacuate Ukrainian political prisoners into the interior of the Soviet Union. However, time was lacking, the Red Army was in full retreat, transportation and other supplies were insufficient, so the NKVD swept aside all legal

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MEP Radacovsky: We should never forget people who fought for liberation from fascism

Miroslav Radačovský has laid flowers to the monument of Eternal Glory in Kyiv We should never forget people who fought for freedom and liberation from fascism. This was stated by the MEP  from Slovakia Miroslav Radačovský after the laying of flowers to the monument of Eternal Glory in Kyiv. “This is an important day for me. I’m walking here, I

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Kremlin spokesperson speaks on progress in relations with Ukraine, Georgia

Dmitry Peskov also stated that President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky was not invited to Victory Day Parade because of Zelensky’s recent statements on WWII The Kremlin cannot yet say about the presence of positive dynamics in relations with Ukraine and Georgia at the highest level. It was stated by Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary of Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, Interfax-Ukraine

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