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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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 […]

A Gangrenous Growth

    Soviet General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev called the conflict in Afghanistan a “bleeding wound which can result in gangrenous growth on the body of mankind” in a statement in 1988. Stagnant wars and conflicts are suffered by most aggressive world powers. Ancient empires such as Rome spread their resources so far that they could […]

One Meltdown Leads to Another

The ideas of “Perestroika” (restructuring) and “glasnost” (openness) were preached by Mikhail Gorbachev throughout his entire political career. However his preaching of Glasnost and his practicing of it were not equal. The Chernobyl disaster of April 1986 in the Ukraine is a prime example of how Gorbachev did not practice what he preached. A KGB report on(…)

The Chernobyl Affair

Even though Chernobyl destroyed and damaged a large area of the Soviet Union, and the economy was completely shaken, the resolve of the government not to take action or admit its faults was just as astounding as events earlier in … Continue reading

The Major Themes of Russian History

For my last blog post this semester, I wanted to look back at the Russian History that we have studied.  Looking at my blog posts from the semester, I was able to come up with one overarching theme that I think best describes Russia’s past.  Stalled progress and stagnation are two words that accurately describe […]