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  1. News - World - OBITUARY

    Former Soviet Union interpreter Viktor Sukhodrev dies, aged 81

    Posted May 19th 2014, 03:27am by THE WASHINGTON POST

    ... and was held in awe by others in the field, but in other ways was something of an enigma. He wore fashionable clothing not available in the old Soviet Union, and he had a smooth urbanity that was more ... Viktor Sukhodrev  1932-2014 Viktor Sukhodrev, an interpreter who was at the side of every Soviet leader for three decades as the English-language voice of the Kremlin and who was often the third ...

  2. News - World - LITERATURE

    US CIA reveals how it used Doctor Zhivago to undermine Soviet Union

    Posted Apr 07th 2014, 09:53pm by Reuters

    ... the novel and British intelligence first recognised its propaganda value in 1958, sending the CIA two rolls of film of its pages and suggesting it be spread through the Soviet Union and eastern ... publishing industry would not touch it, but an Italian literary scout took a copy of the manuscript out of the Soviet Union and an Italian company published it in 1957. Shortly afterwards, the CIA ...

  3. News - China - POLITICS

    Paranoia from Soviet Union collapse haunts China's Communist Party, 22 years on

    Posted Nov 18th 2013, 03:44pm by Carry Huang

    ... of Soviet Union In the heyday of Sino-Soviet socialist brotherhood in the 1950s, Chinese liked to say that “today’s Soviet Union is tomorrow’s China”, as Beijing faithfully followed Moscow’s every footstep in development. But since the collapse of communist rule and the Soviet Union in early 1990s, the old saying has become an evil omen haunting China’s communist leaders.  ...

  4. Business - Economy

    Putin forms trade bloc with former Soviet states

    Posted May 30th 2014, 01:10am by BLOOMBERG AND REUTERS

    ... of more than two decades of talks between former Soviet republics. Kyrgyzstan and Armenia are seeking to join the union by the end of the year, the countries' leaders said at the signing ... to make Russia a great power again, if not to restore the superpower status lost when the Soviet Union fell apart in 1991. "It's hardly worth talking about recreating the Soviet Union ...

  5. Lifestyle - Books

    CIA's war of words with the Soviets

    Posted Jul 20th 2014, 03:35pm by GDN

    ... publisher for his novel, he sent it to the rich, young, eccentric, communist publisher Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, in Italy. Denounced in the Soviet Union, the novel received enormous publicity abroad, ... of parents and sisters who had emigrated back in 1920 against him, he nevertheless made a name for himself as a poet, became a member of the Union of Soviet Writers, and was eminent enough ...

  6. Lifestyle - Books - FICTION

    Book review: Brief Loves That Live Forever, by Andrei Makine

    Posted May 12th 2013, 12:00am by GDN

    ... after the last page is turned. In a series of interlocking episodes, the narrator- like Makine, an orphan- guides us through the totalitarian world of Leonid Brezhnev's Soviet Union. Makine's prose is spare and meditative, and leads us deep into memories of a world now gone. First, we meet a Soviet-era dissident, Dmitri Ress. He has been singled out for particularly harsh ...

  7. News - World

    Lauded by the West, hated by ex-Soviets: Eduard Shevardnadze dies aged 86

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 09:27pm by AP

    ... Soviet Union, those nostalgic for a return to superpower status lumped Shevardnadze with Gorbachev in the ranks of the unpardonable. Shevardnadze resigned in December 1990, warning that reform was collapsing and dictatorship was imminent. A year later, the Soviet Union collapsed in the wake of an attempted hard-line coup against Gorbachev. Shevardnadze returned to Georgia after its first ...

  8. News - World - ESPIONAGE

    Who’s Who of Soviet spying, smuggled out by dissident in 1992, finally published

    Posted Jul 07th 2014, 09:39pm by AP

    ... and then typed and collated them into volumes. He hid the papers at his country cottage, some stuffed into a milk churn and buried. After the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, Mitrokhin travelled ... revealed Who's who of Soviet spying published The papers spent years hidden in a milk churn beneath a Russian cottage and read like an encyclopedia of cold war espionage. Original documents ...

  9. News - World - RUSSIA

    Mikhail Gorbachev the whipping boy of disciples of lost Soviet empire

    Posted Apr 11th 2014, 11:08pm by WASHPOST

    ... parliament are more nostalgic than ever for the Soviet Union- and on the prowl for someone to blame for its loss. Why not 83-year-old Mikhail Gorbachev? Five deputies of the State Duma, the lower house of parliament, have asked the prosecutor general to investigate Gorbachev, who was the president of the Soviet Union when it collapsed in 1991, and bring him to account. Many Russians- ...

  10. News - World - AFGHANISTAN

    Soviet soldier found alive in Afghanistan after 30 years

    Posted Mar 07th 2013, 12:00am by GDN

    ... The Guardian Draftee was presumed dead in Afghan battle but is alive and known as Sheikh Abdullah Soviet soldier found after 30 years A Soviet soldier who disappeared more than 30 years ... soldiers still missing from the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan said they had discovered Bakhretdin Khakimov, last seen in September 1980. Khakimov, then aged 20, had been serving with the 101st ...




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