Chernobyl and the Meltdown of the USSR

This picture shows Ukrainian “liquidators” who worked to build a cement “sarcophagus” around the remains of nuclear reactor 4. Their banner reads “We will fulfill the government’s order!” (at least,…

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Taboos Abound

In 1985, women in the Soviet Union saw their chance to finally get the liberation from the ignorance towards women and their bodies that was rampant in Russian society. With…

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Sobering Up

                  Much like the morning following a wild night at TOTS, the dawn of an anti-alcohol campaign brought with it the remorseful…

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Afghan War Is the Soviet Vietnam

The Soviet Union military involvement in Afghanistan lead to the forming of one the most cohesive social groups in Soviet Union society the Afghan veterans. These veterans formed a bond…

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За здоровье!

In Russia: A History, by Gregory L. Freeze, the text discusses the notions behind and the results of Mikhail Gorbachev’s anti-alcohol campaign. Freeze deliberates on Gorbachev’s intentions, and highlights the difficulties…

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From Vodka to Water

It was a particularly tough time in Russia from 1985 to 1987. This was due to the fact that Mikhail Gorbachev had issued an anti-alcohol campaign throughout the entire Soviet Union. Alcohol was linked to extremely high levels of child-abuse, suicide, divorce, accidents at work, and a rise in mortality rates among men. However, alcohol […]

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, […]

For Fatherland, and Freedom.

The Baltic States of Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania were never too pleased to be part of the Soviet Union. These three satellite countries had been incorporated into the USSR against their will, through rigged elections set up by the USSR, through the capable hands of Vladimir Dekanozov, Andrey Vyshinsky, and Andrei Zhdanov, all of whom […]

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 […]