Japanese Giant Hornets (Vespa mandarinia japonica)

The Japanese Giant Hornet (Vespa mandarinia japonica) is one of the most dangerous insects in the world, injuring thousands and killing tens of people in its home range every year. This hornet is a member of Family Vespidae within Order Hymenoptera and is a subspecies of the Asian Giant Hornet, Vespa mandarinia. While the Asian Giant …

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1985 Anti-Alcohol Campaign

In May 1985, Mikhail Gorbachev decided to launch an aggressive campaign to stop alcohol abuse in Russia.  He did this by taking drastic measures to try and eliminate the consumption of alcohol in Russia. How was this done? Shops were heavily regulated on the selling of alcohol Vodka distilleries were closed Vineyards destroyed in Moldavia, […]

Moscow Olympics

The 1980 winter Olympics in Moscow, Russia gave Soviets a chance to sow off their superior athletes and countries progress.  Like with many countries hosting the Olympics, the country was revamped.  New hotels, training facilities, and a new airport were built.  Along with murals illustrating “Misha, the cuddly bear who was the mascot of these […]

Housing Conundrum

The Southwest District of Moscow (1956) “Grandma! They’re building those apartments so fast, it’s the first time I’ve seen something like this in my life!” “Me too.” In 1961, Russia made a bold declaration, to end the housing shortage.  However, what the end result never did the people justice. During the 1960’s Russia was faced […]

The Thaw 1954

In 1954 the “biggest literary event” took place when Ilia Ehrenburg published The Thaw.  This novel highlighted the “working lives of three very different Soviet types.”  Thanks to his novel, liberalization began, “and extended to many spheres of cultural and intellectual life (pg. 413).”  His novel encouraged the change needed in the cultural spectrum of […]

The Great Patriotic War

I wanted to add some additional information this week on the history of the Great Patriotic War.  The picture above is a photo captured during the war.  The Great Patriotic War occurred between June 22, 1941 to May 9, 1945 between the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany.  During this time Germany ignorantly believed they could […]

Labor Issues 1939

During 1939 Labor was a large problem for the Soviet Government.  People would not show up to work, and lack proper job performance skills.  Lenin believed labor held up the entire economy and therefore required workers skills to be measured.  The Soviet Government failed to effectively enforce the January 18th, 1931 decree; which tried to […]

Russia 2013-10-14 02:16:47

During the 1930’s, Joseph Stalin ruled Russia.  Stalin’s policies set in motion an aggressive rein that controlled people’s lives in Russia.  He is noted for having bringing forth the importance of science in Russia.  Scientific research meant the ability to expand and modernize his empire. Trofim Lysenko, was a young man who Stalin took under his […]

The Great Terror

This week I would like to address “The Great Terror,” one of Russia’s most gruesome and bloodiest moments in history.  This period is also recognized as The Great Purge.  It was a “state-organized terror that overwhelmed the Communist Party and Soviet society during the years 1936-38.”  The debate about this event is whether the Soviet […]