A Sick State

Russian health collapsed with the Soviet state, worsening during the political instability of the 1990′s, and continuing to suffer in the 21st century. In 1991, Russia’s Ministry of Health reported a…

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A&E presents: Russian Moonshiners

No matter what try to write about in this class, I always end up making some sort of connection to a moment in American history. While the order in which they appear and the outcomes may be completely different, society still tends to play the same cards. Of of the most hilarious similarities I have […]

Give Me Latvia or Give Me Death

Once all the dust had settled from the tragedy that was WW1, three nation-states emerged in Northeastern Europe: Latvia, Estonia, and Lithuania. These three countries lived in relative peace from other nations until 1939 when Stalin and Hitler made a backroom deal that not only angered these Baltic nations, but the rest of the world. […]

Prohibiton in Russia

In 1985 Mikhail Gorbachev shocked the people of Russia when he launched his Anti-Alcohol campaign.  Not two months after being elected as General Secretary Gorbachev…

The Iron Curtain Fears A Little Bit of Rock n’ Roll

In the 1980′s, youth culture was rapidly changing and the newer generations were always after the most hip fashions, music, and styles from the West. The USSR had little in terms of pop culture flair, so Russia youths always tried to get their hands on music from the US and UK. Rock music, especially what […]