Soviet Union

The Battle in Ukraine Means Everything
Fascism returns to the continent it once destroyed
May 11, 2014

The battle in Ukraine means everything

Which Former Soviet State Could Be the Next Ukraine?
April 21, 2014

Russia says it has an obligation to protect Russian speakers everywhere, which could be used as an excuse to make additional landgrabs.

Russia Has Always Thought of Eastern Ukraine as Russian Land
March 02, 2014

And Vladimir Putin wants to be a "gatherer of Russian lands."

The Most Humane Drama on Cable Is About a Bunch of Murderous Spies
February 26, 2014

"The Americans," the anti-"House of Cards"

My Soviet Valentine
February 14, 2014

In honor of Valentine's Day 1958, pseudonymous author Sagittarius took a light-hearted look at ongoing diplomatic talks between the United States and Soviet Union on the subject of nuclear weapons tests.

Boris Pasternak Lived In The Wrong Century
Irving Howe on the tragedy of our twentieth-century Tolstoy
February 10, 2014

Boris Pasternak was born 124 years ago on this day. In honor of his birthday, here is Irving Howe's appraisal of the unique genius of Pasternak's best-known work, Doctor Zhivago.

Inside Lee Harvey Oswald's Lost Soviet Days
October 14, 2013

Although Lee Harvey Oswald’s assassination of President Kennedy in 1963 is one of the most infamous events in American history, Oswald’s brief defection to the Soviet Union remains a relatively understudied chapter in the assassin’s life.

Moscow Is No Place for a Defector
In fleeing to Russia, Edward Snowden joins a long, unhappy litany of American dissidents
July 03, 2013

In fleeing to Russia, Edward Snowden joins a long, unhappy history

Have Family Dinners Prepared Teddy Turner to Be a Politician?
January 17, 2013

The media scion is still trying get out from under his dad's shadow.

Poland in the Darkness of World War II
December 20, 2012

The Eagle Unbowed: Poland and the Poles in the Second World War By Halik Kochanski (Harvard University Press, 734 pp., $35) The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery By Witold Pilecki translated by Jarek Garliński (Aquila Polonica, 460 pp., $34.95)   ONCE, THE Allied history of the Second World War—the Anglo-American history of the Second World War, the Victors’ history of the Second World War—was the only one we thought mattered.

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