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11. 5 Pearls of Wisdom from Fazil Iskander

Fazil Iskander, a missile in the world of Soviet literature, passed away on July 31. Here are five of his pearls of wisdom on humor, science, politics, Stalin, and the Russian soul.

Tags: iskander, author, literature, russia, soviet union, politics, satire
By Alice E.M. Underwood
12. The First Canine Cosmonauts

The Soviet Union’s first pair of pups launched into space on July 22, 1951, and their suborbital flight was a big pawprint in the Cold War Space Race.​

Tags: space race, rocket, russia, dogs, soviet union, space, cold war
By Alice E.M. Underwood
13. Rudolf Nureyev's Great Leap to Freedom

Ballet great Rudolf Nureyev leapt out of Soviet jurisdiction and into the wider world of Western ballet on June 16, 1961. His leap was as much a political move as a dance move.

Tags: nureyev, ballet, art, politics, russia, soviet union, defection
By Alice E.M. Underwood
14. The Corpse of Lenin and the Rebirth of St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg is now 25: citizens voted to rename Leningrad as St. Petersburg on June 12, 1991. Lenin’s legacy was at the center of the change, and remains a hot topic 25 years later.

Tags: st. petersburg, lenin, leningrad, glasnost, soviet union, 1917
By Alice E.M. Underwood
15. Not to Be Forgotten

For 45 years, the Cold War made it politically incorrect to recognize Soviet sacrifices and victories in defeating Hitler in World War II. This essay from 2010 is still relevant today.

Tags: war, world war ii, eastern front, soviet union
By Paul E. Richardson
16. City Under Siege

The Siege of Leningrad started 74 years ago, September 8, 1941. Over 70 years after the defeat of the Axis powers, we look back at the deadliest siege in human history.

Tags: world war ii, soviet union, leningrad, siege
By Eugenia Sokolskaya
17. Did Stakhanov Act Alone?

Alexei Stakhanov mined 102 tons of coal in under 6 hours, sparking the Stakhanovite movement. But did he really do it all by himself, by his own initiative? The son of a miner from Blagoveshchensk recalls evidence of unnamed assistants and fishy bureaucratic orders.
 

Tags: soviet union, stalin, stakhanov, stakhanovite
By Eugenia Sokolskaya
18. Caught in the Crossfire: The Annexation of Estonia

After just 22 years of independence, in 1940 Estonia was overrun by Soviet troops. The Estonian Socialist Republic was set up in the wake of th Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact, in violation of nearly all existing legislation. And Stalinism's evils had the Estonians, just a year later, greeting German invaders with open arms. But trading one totalitarian dictator for another didn't solve the problem.
 

Tags: estonia, soviet union, nazi germany
By Eugenia Sokolskaya
19. I'm Vysotsky: The Legend of Russian Songwriting

Everyone in the Soviet Union knew his songs, despite constant censorship and troubles with the Soviet regime. To this day, any Russian will recognize his raspy singing voice and silly falsetto. But what was the great Vladimir Vysotsky like in person?

Tags: music, soviet union, vladimir vysotsky, bards
By Eugenia Sokolskaya
20. Dizzy with "Success": The Horrors of Collectivization

Collectivization in the Soviet Union was a time of hunger, suffering, and massive death tolls – even as the papers proclaimed phenomenal success. One former peasant's memoirs give us a window on that terrible time.

Tags: soviet union, collectivization, stalin, dekulakization
By Eugenia Sokolskaya

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