Russian History

An Anniversary of Evil: 100 Years of Communism, 100 Million Deaths

Nations will grow faster and generate more prosperity if they follow the recipe of free markets and limited government.

German History

How Stalin Hid Ukraine's Famine From the World

In 1932 and 1933, millions died across the Soviet Union—and the foreign press corps helped cover up the catastrophe.<p>In the years 1932 and 1933, a catastrophic famine swept across the Soviet Union. It began in the chaos of collectivization, when millions of peasants were forced off their land and …

History

Why Stalin Starved Ukraine

History is a battleground, perennially fought over, endlessly contested. Nowhere does this aphorism hold true more than in Russia. A majority of …

Joseph Stalin

Of Course Putin's Heroes Are Too Good to Be True

His attempt to glorify Ivan the Terrible and other historical figures isn't going so well.<p>For most of his 17-year reign, Russian President Vladimir Putin wasn't much of an ideologue: He focused on the economy and on recentralizing power. But during his latest term as president, and especially since …

Russia

A Memorial to Stalin-Era Repressions Is Unveiled After 27 Years

A memorial to Stalin-era repressions has been unveiled in the central Russian city of Yekaterinburg, 27 years after the local government first …

European News

6 Moscow train stations that are temples of art, architecture and history - Russia Beyond

<b>1. Kievsky</b><p>The site of the current Kievsky train station has been connected with passenger transportation for centuries. In the late 16th century, Dorogomilovskaya Sloboda housed people who worked in the horse carriage industry. So, the choice of site for a railway station connecting Moscow with …

Russia

New Tsar Alexander III statue sparks history debate

<b>A bronze monument to Tsar Alexander III featuring historical events has prompted discussion online on whether they occurred during the tsar's rule.</b><p>At a lavish ceremony in Crimea, Vladimir Putin unveiled the monument, but the debate over its historical inaccuracies drew more attention on social …

History

Russian schoolboy's speech at Bundestag raises controversy

As part of a joint Russian-German history project, three school pupils from the city of Novyi Urengoi in Siberia, Nikolay Desyatnichenko, Valeriya Ageyeva, and Irina Kokorina presented reports at the German parliament, the Bundestag. They were joined by three pupils from Germany, Jonas Vaupel, …

Russia

Romanov Family - Facts Summary

Peter the Great<p>The Romanovs were high-ranking aristocrats in Russia during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. In 1613, Mikhail Romanov became …

Russia

7 great mustaches that define Russian history - Russia Beyond

Facial hair has been a potent topic throughout Russian history. To Ivan the Terrible, a man without a beard was a heretic; under Peter the Great, a bearded man was considered an uncultured boor.<p>The stand-alone mustache, on the other hand, took a while to work its way into Russian men’s<p>grooming,and …

Russia

The Soviet Military Secretly Mapped the Entire World

These intricate, curious maps were supposed to be destroyed. The ones that remain reveal a fascinating portrait of how the U.S.S.R. monitored the world.<p>English retiree John Davies has been smitten with maps his whole life. “I was drawing maps of my house as a toddler,” he said. Though his career in …

Culture

The Making of the Russian Revolution

The story of the October Revolution of 1917 is as much one of the masses of Russia taking their future in their own hands as it is of Lenin – who had …

Russia

For Russians, 75 Years Later, Stalingrad Is a Battle to Remember

VOLGOGRAD, Russia — Like every Russian schoolchild, I grew up learning about Hitler’s murderous advance into Russia during World War II, and how it was halted at the Battle of Stalingrad — a critical turning point in the war.<p>The fight raged for 200 days, and the city was reduced to ruins. Civilians …

Russia

An excerpt from 'Collusion'

The End of History Not<p>1990–2016<p>Moscow–London–Washington, D.C.<p>The greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the twentieth century.<p>—Vladimir Putin, on the …

Russia

Flames and Famine: On Laura Engelstein and Anne Applebaum - Los Angeles Review of Books

ON A RECENT BOOK TOUR in Germany, I gave an interview to a reporter from <i>Neues Deutschland</i>, for over 40 years the official newspaper of the Socialist …

Books

Russia Wouldn’t Even Exist Today Without the Bolsheviks

The Bolsheviks seized power in Russia 100 years ago last week, as numerous commentators have noted. The fact that Vladimir Lenin and his comrades …

Geopolitics

New exhibition marks centenary of 1917 Russian Revolution

A joint exhibition at the Hoover Institution Library & Archives and the Cantor Arts Center highlights Stanford’s rich collections of materials on the …

Stanford University

Was the 1917 Bolshevik seizure of power inspired by an uprising in Ireland? - Russia Beyond

<b>Striking a blow against empire</b><p>In 1917, amid the chaos and carnage of World War I, Russia was the first great European empire to fall. Less well known is the fact that the previous year a nationalist revolt in Dublin dealt a significant blow to the British Empire, making a strong impression on the …

Russia

‘Why the response to the centenary is muted’ – the Russian Revolution and its legacy

One hunded years after the Bolshevik revolt, books by Masha Gessen, Serhii Plokhy, Yuri Slezkine and Stephen Kotkin shed light on Soviet socialism’s birth and death<p>There was a time, not long after the cold war ended, when it looked as though the vast investments the west had made in Kremlinology …

History

Russia's pre-Revolutionary estates crumble in neglect

GREBNEVO (RUSSIA) (AFP) -<p>Boris Netchaeff's family estate was once the image of aristocratic life in pre-Revolutionary Russia but is now a long-neglected site where teenagers hold what he calls "Satanist parties".<p>Netchaeff's grandfather abandoned the complex of buildings after the 1917 Revolution, …

Russia

FACT: America Actually 'Invaded' Russia after World War I

A century ago this year, the October Revolution in Russia would herald the establishment of the Soviet Union and the rise of communism as a global …

Military History

When Russian meddling in the U.S. got so bad the ambassador got the boot

Russian meddling in American politics. Fake stories planted in the media. Accusations of financial doings under the table. Stolen correspondence, which becomes public. Unless it’s a forgery.<p>It was the fall of 1871. The parallels to today are nowhere near exact — President Trump said Saturday he was …

Ulysses S. Grant

The Russian Revolution and me

The Russian Revolution touched millions of lives.<p>From Moscow to Mali, and Vladivostok to Venezuela, BBC audiences share their stories.<p>By Jenny Norton<p>1917-1929: The revolution takes hold<p><b>Troops on the streets</b><p>At the end of October 1917, the Bolsheviks seized power. Vladimir Raffe's father watched the …

Russia

How Communism corrupted the Russian soul

100 years on, the Russian Orthodox Church still hasn't overcome brutal state atheism<p>The spiritual significance of the October Revolution – which …

Russia

Beware the Millenials toying with a return to socialism

Liberals would do well to examine the growing problems facing young adults in Western democracies today.<p>Reminiscences on the centenary of the Russian …

Soviet Union

How does an authoritarian regime celebrate a revolution?

If you wish to project an image of a strong state, it’s awkward to toast the overturning of a seated government<p>This piece originally appeared on The Conversation.<p>“And what, exactly, is there to be celebrating?” snapped Vladimir Putin’s press secretary on Oct. 25, a little more than a week before …

U.S. Politics

The Revolution and Russian Imperialism

Even as Lenin staunchly opposed Russian imperialism, his successor Stalin remained an active proponent.<p><i>A hundred years ago, the Russian Revolution</i> …

Russia

Russia’s Race to the Past - Los Angeles Review of Books

UKRAINE IS LITTERED with memorials for the ongoing conflict with Russia. Whole squares are decorated with photos, candles, and reefs to remember and …

Books

Article: The 75 Years War Against the Soviet Union, Part 1

- Advertisement -<p>November 7, 2017 was the 100th Anniversary ("new," Gregorian, Calendar) of the Russian Revolution. According to the "old," Julian …

Liberal View

1917 Russian Revolution: The gay community's brief window of freedom

<b>In January 1921 Russian Baltic Fleet sailor Afanasy Shaur organised an extraordinary gay wedding in Petrograd.</b><p>The guests included 95 former army officers along with members of the lower ranks of both the army and navy, and one woman, dressed in a man's suit.<p>The city had never seen anything like …

LGBTQ