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Demise of the Aral Sea

A wild ninth post has appeared! Previously considered to be one of the largest lakes in the world, in modern times the Aral Sea has shrunk to less than 10% of its original size of 68,000 square kilometers. Just this … Continue reading

Posted in December, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Chernobyl Disaster

An article praising the Chernobyl plant was published in February 1986 stating that “the odds of a meltdown are one in 10,000 years.” 2 months later, one of the world’s largest nuclear disasters occurred in that very same plant. The … Continue reading

Posted in December, Uncategorized | 5 Comments

The Soviet Union Around the World

In the 1950s and 1960s, relations between Communist and Russia, former allies against western imperialism, began to deteriorate.There were several causes behind this. The biggest factor was conflict over nuclear weapons. China wanted to develop nuclear weapons similar to Russia, … Continue reading

Posted in November, Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Akademgorodok, or ‘Science City’

Hidden away in the frozen forests of Siberia and away from the eyes of the bureaucracy resides a city built for the scientist and the researcher. It was believed that Akademgorodok would be the harbinger of scientific breakthroughs that would … Continue reading

Posted in October, Uncategorized | 6 Comments

Katyn Forest Massacre

In 1943, Nazi Germany announced the discovery of a mass grave site in the Katyn Forest. They announced that they discovered a ditch “28 meters long and 16 meters wide, in which the bodies of 3,000 Polish officers were piled … Continue reading

Posted in October, Uncategorized | 9 Comments

Socialist Realism

Socialist Realism was the name of the game in Soviet Russia. It was art with a purpose. The goal of this state-sponsored art form, according to Lenin, was to create an entirely new type of human being: The New Soviet … Continue reading

Posted in October, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

The Provisional Government

The Provisional Government Dual Power “In what does this dual power consist? In the fact that side by side with the Provisional Government, the government of the bourgeoisie, there has developed another government, weak and embryonic as yet, but undoubtedly … Continue reading

Posted in September, Uncategorized | 1 Comment

Sergei Witte-Fortune’s Favorite or Great Politician?

Sergei Witte’s rise to power was an unusual one. As an young adult, Witte was more interested in physics and mathematics rather than politics. All that changed, however, when he accepted a position at a railroad company, where he steadily … Continue reading

Posted in September, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

Agricultural Crisis

The emancipation of the serfdom left profound consequences in its wake. This post will, in particular, focus on the effects that the emancipation had wrought on Russia’s agricultural industry between the years of 1855 and 1890. To compound on this, … Continue reading

Posted in August, Uncategorized | 1 Comment