Comment on Less Than 500 Days to Live by rkw15

This post did a great job at highlighting the major cause for the collapse of the soviet union- the economy. Reagan had planned on outspending the Soviets and it worked. This led to satellite nations to leave because they were no longer receiving the economic benefits they were used to getting from the U.S.S.R.

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Comment on From Vodka to Water by rkw15

I do think that alcohol was and still is a problem in Russia. However, getting rid of it was not a successful strategy. I think if Gorbachev had worked to change the drinking culture in Russia the plan to curb problems caused by alcohol would have been much more successful.

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Comment on TV, Soviets, and letting go by rkw15

I really enjoyed your post and will have to check the series out. On an interesting note, the Russians still take World War II very seriously and still view it as a great victory. I spent at least four hours one afternoon at the World War II museum in Moscow because that is how long it takes to go through all the exhibits. Also, many Russian cars have a black and orange ribbon tied to them in remembrance of World War II.

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Comment on Housing Conundrum by rkw15

I really enjoyed your post. It brings up good points about the housing shortage and the need to improve as the government seemed to change. On an interesting note, one of my tour guides in Russia told us how excited she was when she and her family got to move from a communal flat to their own apartment.

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Comment on Corn is Key by rkw15

I really enjoyed your article. It is a good point that the Soviets, mainly Khrushchev, dove too whole heatedly into the project, neglecting the outcome of growing too much corn and not enough of everything else. Also, I really liked the picture.

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Comment on The Novocherkassk Massacre, 1962 by rkw15

This was a really great read! I learned something new about the Soviets. I definitely knew they were the masters of coverups, but it is hard to believe that they managed to hide killing 24 of their own citizens for over 20 years. How did the government deal with the family and friends of those killed?

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