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Rock Goes Red: Rock Music Comes to Soviet Russia

Rock Goes Red It did not take long for rock and roll culture to begin to permeate the Iron Curtain. The 1960′s spawned the era of rock with the advent of some of the most influential bands, such as The Beatles and The Rolling Stones, producing some of the most famous music in modern history. […]

Save Lake Baikal

Lake Baikal, once a beauty of nature, met its match with the expanse of industrial growth in Russia and the state’s disregard for environmental degradation. Lake Baikal holds 80% of Russia’s fresh water supply and is 1/5 of the world’s freshwater. It … Continue reading

Olympic Games become Political

Mischa, the 1980 Olympics Mascot The 1980 Olympics is marked down in history, not necessarily for the sporting events and the athletes that participated, but for the political conundrum that sprang forth before the games even started. The 1980 Olympic Games … Continue reading

The Farmers’ Flight

The period of economic stagnation experienced by the Soviet Union under Leonid Brezhnev began with poor agricultural performance. Though Russia was recently industrialized, the suffering breadbasket took a toll on the economy as whole and caused massive demographic shifts. Brezhnev’s 1978 speech, “On the Further Development of Agriculture”, was full of savory statistics and improbable…

Afghanistan: Graveyard of Empires

On Christmas Eve 1979, four Soviet motor rifle divisions entered Afghanistan via two routes across the northern border, while another airborne division airlifted directly to Bagram airfield, near Kabul. Within a few days there were over 50,000 Soviet soldiers rampaging through Afghanistan. The objective: eliminate and replace the Amin government with one that was more loyal and […]

Corn flakes for comrades

 Corn seems fairly common place to just about anyone who grew up in the western world, especially the United States. We are used to seeing the familiar crop in brands such as Corn Flakes, movie theater snacks in the shape of pop corn, or off the grill as “corn on the cob”. Simply put, corn […]

Don’t Stand So Close To Me

  Great friends can always become great enemies. In the past when Joseph Stalin was ruling the Soviet Union, the Peoples Republic of China was a great ally as they both wanted to increase the sphere of communist control and diminish the Western capitalist influence. However, after Stalin’s death and borders became settled, this friendship […]