Tag Archives: Soviet Union

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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From Lenin Street to Lennon Street to … Slovyans’ka Street

As an update to this post: Local residents and authorities recently refused to rename the Ukrainian street in Kalyny after the Beetles co-founder, as a nationwide trend to desovietize the nation. Formerly, the street was named after Soviet leader Vladimir … 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 is at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. Prior to the death of my mentor, Dr. … Continue reading

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In the News: From Lenin to Lennon

A couple weeks ago I reported how Ukrainian towns, parks, and streets are being renamed as part of the anti-Sovietization  (and implicitly anti-Russification) movement. Some are renamed to what they were known as before the Soviets came; others are renamed … 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 around 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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Desovietization vs Resovietizaton in the Former USSR

A contrast: On the one hand, as an ongoing effort to be more independent and have an identity, the Ukrainian government has renamed thousands of towns, streets, villages, and even sport clubs. This effort is to scrap the terms that … Continue reading

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Music Monday: “Sixteen Tons”

Something simple, yet entertaining, for today. A cover of the folk song “Sixteen Tons,” made famous by Tennessee Ernie Ford, by the Red Army Choir (officially known as the MVD Ensemble). The date and singer is unknown, as far as I … Continue reading

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