Miners Strike, Again: The Mine Strike of 1991

In 1991, the second all-union miners’ strike occurred in a crumbling Soviet Union. The first miners’ strike had occurred two years earlier in 1989 (Miners’ Strike of 1991). Like the first strike, the second one lasted around two months (Miners’ Strike of 1991). However, unlike the first strike, the leaders of the 1991 strike decided […]

Rainbow: The Magic of Television in the U.S.S.R.

As in many other countries across the globe, Televisions began to pop up in households the Soviet Union as well. One of the most popular television shows in Russia until 1973, when it was cancelled, was KVN (KVN Cancelled). KVN is the russian acronym for Club of the Merry and Resourceful (KVN Cancelled). KVN was […]

Valentina Tereshkova: The First Female Cosmonaut

The Soviet Union continued to lead the Space Race when they sent the first female Cosmonaut into space. Valentina Tereshkova was the first woman to go to space in June 1963 (“Firs Cosmonaut”). Not only had the Russians sent the first satellite into space, the first living organism, and the first man but now they […]

The дача (Dacha): Treasure of the Soviet System

The Dacha is now a staple of Russian life. City Dwellers flee the confines of skyscrapers for the countryside nearly every weekend, fighting traffic, just to get to there little country home. Dachas are also a popular place to spend holidays such as Russia day. In fact, while I was studying abroad in Russia, my […]

The Underground Palaces of Moscow: A Look at the Metro

The Moscow Metro was one of the Soviet Union’s greatest accomplishments. To the Soviets, the completion of the Metro was a symbol of exactly what they could do. The Moscow Metro was and still is one of the most beautiful metro’s in the world. Building the metro was not the challenge for the Soviets. The challenge […]

до свидания Dancing Bears: A Cultural Revolution in Russia

After Russia underwent a political revolution, a cultural revolution followed. One of the most dramatic examples of the Cultural Revolution was the Literary Revolution. In 1929, the government established the Russian Association of Proletarian Writers (RAPP). The Russian Association of Proletarian Writers took over journals and publishing houses (“Proletarian Writers”). The writers and heads of […]

The Provisional Government

Above is a picture of the clock that sits on the mantle of the room in the Winter Palace in St. Petersburg, the time marking the fall of the provisional government. The provisional government was set up after the February Revolution in 1917, which ended the Tsarist regime, and ran the country until the October […]

The St. Petersburg Industrial War of 1896

Vladimir Lenin was the leader of the Russian Revolution in 1905. However, before there was a revolution, he, as well as other leaders in his party, had to decide who should start the revolution. The workers or peasants were chosen. According to Marxism, the workers of the world should unite. Of course, there was a […]

The Empire that was Russia

Above is a picture taken by Sergi Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii, photographer to Tsar Nicholas II, of a Russian Orthodox Church. Under the Russian Empire, the Church played an important role in every day life. But, how did orthodoxy end up in Russia? The Russian Empire considered itself the “Third Rome”, the new seat of power for […]


Hello and welcome! My name is Robyn Walters and I am currently a junior at Virginia Tech. I am majoring in Political Science with a minor in History. Now, you may be thinking to yourself, what in the world is СОВЕТ? Well, in Russian СОВЕТ means advice and is pronounced like “soviet” is in english. Since I will […]