Tag Archives: History

Gorbachev’s Latest Memoirs Now in English

For those who want to look at late-Soviet leadership and politics, look no further than Mikhail Gorbachev’s own works. As the last Soviet leader, he oversaw the gradual liberalizing of freedoms (such as freedom of speech and freedom of the … Continue reading

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The Sixth International Conference on Religion and Spirituality in Society

I will be speaking at the Sixth International Conference on Religion and Society on March 23, the second day of the event. It isĀ at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Prior to the death of my mentor, Dr. … Continue reading

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On This Day: The Death of Joseph Stalin

On this day, March 5, in the year 1953, Joseph Stalin, the infamous leader of the Soviet Union for over 30 years, died from a cerebral hemorrhage. He was 74 years old. There exists controversy even today about whether or … Continue reading

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The “Polish Death Camp” Controversy Today

The Polish people, rightly, think of the Nazi Occupation from 1939 to 1945 as a dark, horrible period of their history. Not only had the local population suffered tremendously, the legacy it left is immediately recognizable: namely, the concentration camps … Continue reading

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Dwindling of Russian Identity in Latvia

According to a census in 2015, over a quarter of Latvia’s citizens are ethnic Russian. At 25.8%, they number aroundĀ 512,400, the second highest ethnic group (with ethnic Latvians being number one at over 1.2 million). There are less Russians today … Continue reading

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The Potato

In 2012, Russia was ranked #3 in the world with greatest potato production, with 29.5 million tonnes, falling behind China’s 85.9 million and India’s 45.0 million tonnes. Nearly 80% of those 29.5 million tonnes are produced by households and in … Continue reading

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Music Monday: Hopak Dancing

Today, we’ll discuss dancing. One of the most popular Slavic dances, to the point of a being stereotype and having it’s own page on TVTropes as “That Russian Squat Dance,” is actually Ukrainian. Known as hopak (alternatively spelled as gopak) … Continue reading

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