Category Archives: USSR

The deadly salt mine of Salina: How the NKVD liquidated 3,600 persons on June 22, 1941

Salina is a large salt mine near Dobromyl, Stary Sambir Raion, Lviv Oblast. Before the German-Soviet war, locals worked in these mines, producing salt for Halychyna (Galicia) and beyond. Today, the mere mention of “Salina” evokes a sense of horror among the local population. Here, on June 22, 1941, the NKVD liquidated about 3,600 people – mostly intellectuals and young

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Putin Says It’s ‘Cynical’ to Blame Stalin for World War II

The president highlighted the Soviet Union’s role in defeating the Nazis. Blaming Stalin for starting World War II is “the height of cynicism,” Russian President Vladimir Putin has said amid renewed discussion over the Soviet Union’s role in the conflict. “To say that Stalin unleashed the war is the height of cynicism,” Putin said at an international conference in southern

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Bulgaria Condemns Russian Exhibit Lauding WWII “Liberation” of Eastern Europe

Bulgaria lambasted a World War Two exhibition organized by the Russian Embassy marking “the liberation of Eastern Europe from Nazism,” saying the region had instead being subjected to a half century of repression by “Soviet army bayonets.” In a statement, the Foreign Ministry of Bulgaria — which for decades a Soviet satellite in Eastern Europe but now a Westernised democracy — urged

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Molotov-Ribbentrop What? Do Russians Know Of Key World War II Pact?

August 22, 2019 17:30 GMT It’s an anniversary few in the Kremlin, or elsewhere in Russia for that matter, are keen to talk about — let alone remember in some way. Eighty years ago, on August 23, 1939, Nazi Germany and Josef Stalin’s Soviet Union inked a nonaggression treaty that ushered in World War II. Commonly known as the Molotov-Ribbentrop

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1986 Chornobyl disaster: first classified U.S. intelligence report released

The National Security Archive released the first classified report of the U.S. intelligence that concerned Chornobyl nuclear catastrophe in April 1986. The document was created on May 2, 1986, a week after the explosion of the fourth nuclear reactor of Chornobyl power plant. The report states that the official data provided by the Soviet authority was nonsense. The U.S. intelligence

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