Comment on Taboos Abound by carastombock

Russia is always five steps behind the rest of the world it seems. This is a really good post! It’s funny how transparency was supposed to become a reality for the Soviet government at this time with glasnost, yet they still felt the need to coverup social issues like this.

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Comment on The Disaster That Is Chernobyl by carastombock

Chernobyl is such an interesting event in history to study. Not only was it a terrible tragedy that shows how nuclear progress can go wrong, but it also exposed the Soviet government for what it was becoming. It forced glasnost to actually happen, but that did not make up for the hesitations and cover up attempts that the Soviets made.

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Comment on NO Alcohol!…good luck with that by carastombock

The comment above me is very insightful into comparing Prohibition/Anti-Alcohol Campaign and both U.S. and Soviet involvement in Afghanistan. It’s true that we don’t often learn from history until after the fact. I also agree that actions certainly needed to be taken, but banning something is never the way to ensure that the problem will be solved. Advocacy, education, and promoting healthier lifestyles could have been more efficient. It seemed, though, that the Soviet way is to censor and prohibit so this policy only made sense at the time.

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