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.
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.
It’s always interesting to see how one event that wasn’t immediately successful can lead to a major accomplishment!
I like how your title was the quote on the Lativan Freedom Monument. It brought your post together and ended on a very positive note!
Great post! It reminds me of the article we looked at in class that argued that this new form of music should be regulated by the Ministry of Culture to attract youth back to Soviet song. Very interesting topic!
I love how you are comparing Moscow to Sochi and bringing the global competition issue to present day. Great post!
It’s really important to talk about the experience of veteran’s, but even more interesting to compare it to the experiences of the American soldiers in Vietnam. Good post!
This is a great post! It’s always interesting to see the parallels between Vietnam and the Afghan War. Our conventional fighting forces had no idea what environment they were stepping into… Very cool topic and it leads well into what would take place in the near future.
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.
It’s interesting to read about Kondrashov’s perspective from right after the accident and to see that no nuclear event has occurred as tragically as the one at Chernobyl. He was right in saying that while it was most unfortunate, it gave other countries something to learn from and prevent.