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Soviet Union: 1922–1991 country in Europe and Asia
The Soviet Union, officially known as the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), was a federal sovereign state in northern Eurasia that existed from 1922 to 1991. Nominally a union of multiple national Soviet republics, in practice its government and economy were highly centralized. The country was a one-party state, governed by the Communist Party with Moscow as its capital in its largest republic, the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic. Other major urban centers were Leningrad, Kiev, Minsk, Tashkent, Alma-Ata, and Novosibirsk. It spanned over 10,000 kilometers (6,200 mi) east to west across 11 time zones, and over 7,200 kilometers (4,500 mi) north to south. Its territory included much of Eastern Europe, as well as part of Northern Europe and all of Northern and Central Asia. It had five climate zones: tundra, taiga, steppes, desert and mountains.

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Auschwitz: How death camp became centre of Nazi Holocaust

It is 75 years since Soviet Union troops liberated Auschwitz - now marked as Holocaust Memorial Day.
BBC News - Published

Despite shake-up, Putin rejects idea of Soviet-style leaders for life

President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday he did not want Russia to return to the late Soviet-era practice of having lifelong rulers who died in office without a proper succession strategy.
Reuters - Published

Today in History for January 17th

Highlights of Today in History: Benjamin Franklin born; Soviet and Polish forces liberate Warsaw; Eisenhower farewell address; Japan earthquake; Al Capone is born;Muhammad Ali born.  
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Russia-Poland row over start of WW2 escalates

Russia condemns the US ambassador to Poland for saying the Nazi-Soviet pact triggered World War Two.
BBC News - Published

Russia honours two of Britain's 'Cambridge Five' spies

Russia on Friday honored two members of the British "Cambridge Five" spy ring who passed information to the Soviet Union with a memorial plaque and a tribute from the head of Russia's foreign..
Reuters - Published

How ‘Lev and Igor’ Fueled the Trump Impeachment Flames

They were Soviet-born businessmen who became fixtures on the Republican donor set. Then they played an unlikely role in the proceedings gripping the nation.
NYTimes.com - Published

Was UK PM suspected of being a Soviet spy?

In the new series of The Crown the Queen hears rumours her PM is a Soviet agent. What did MI5 think?
BBC News - Published

Yuri Luzhkov, ex-Moscow mayor who transformed Russian capital, has died

Yuri Luzhkov, who as Moscow mayor transformed the drab former capital of the Soviet Union into a glitzy playground for Russia's super-rich with help from his construction magnate wife, has died aged..
Reuters - Published

NATO has worries more pressing than Donald Trump. It needs a new role in a changed world.

The Soviet Union no longer exists and Russia has limited power. Terrorism, immigration and Turkey today pose problems for which NATO has no solution.
USATODAY.com - Published

Putin criticizes NATO expansion as alliance holds London summit

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday criticized NATO's continued expansion, something he suggested was pointless given the absence of a threat from Moscow following the 1991 collapse of the..
Reuters - Published

Polar bear spray-painted with 'T-34' baffles Russia wildlife experts

Footage of a bear inscribed with "T-34" - the name of an iconic Soviet tank - is shared in Russia.
BBC News - Published

Troubled Nato not in party mood for 70th birthday

troubled nato not in party mood for 70th birthday
Expansion has brought Nato's frontiers 1,000 miles (1,600km) closer to Moscow. Countries once occupied by the Red Army and incorporated into the Soviet Union, like the three Baltic republics, or former..
WorldNews - Published

Gorbachev: Russia and US must avoid 'hot war'

gorbachev: russia and us must avoid 'hot war'
Moscow (CNN)Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev may be remembered today as the man who presided over the collapse of an empire: The recent anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 saw..
WorldNews - Published

Kremlin pays tribute to late Soviet spy it says may have changed history

The Kremlin on Wednesday paid tribute to a late Soviet intelligence officer it credits with helping foil a Nazi plot to kill Winston Churchill, Josef Stalin and Franklin Roosevelt, saying her career..
Reuters - Published

Soviet spy who foiled Nazi plot to kill allied leaders dies aged 93

soviet spy who foiled nazi plot to kill allied leaders dies aged 93
Goar Vartanian worked with her husband to expose German agents during second world war An Armenian woman who became a Soviet spy and helped foil a Nazi plot to assassinate Stalin, Churchill and..
WorldNews - Published

How a publishing error may have revealed China's secret super missile

how a publishing error may have revealed china's secret super missile
A Chinese magazine may have accidentally committed espionage after it published what appeared to be the first image of a top-secret missile system. The apparent gaffe came in a centrefold graphic..
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Western diplomats condemn reported threats to Uzbek reporters

Western diplomats have expressed concern over reports a senior Uzbek official threatened journalists, rare public criticism of a tightly controlled former Soviet republic that has begun opening up its..
Reuters - Published

Belarus election: No seats for opposition as Lukashenko maintains power

belarus election: no seats for opposition as lukashenko maintains power
After their surprise election in 2016, neither of the two sitting opposition candidates were allowed to stand this time. Strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko plans to stand again in presidential..
WorldNews - Published

Europe, U.S. urge Georgia to pass electoral changes

Georgia's failure to pass a planned electoral reform is disappointing, a European rights body and the U.S. embassy said on Friday, urging lawmakers in the former Soviet state to approve the measure in..
Reuters - Published

I was born as the Berlin Wall fell. 'Socialist' millennials should learn about the USSR.

Socialism didn't work in the Soviet Union. On the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, that's an important reminder to today's millennials.
USATODAY.com - Published

Moldovan president says coalition government may collapse

Moldovan President Igor Dodon said on Thursday the former Soviet republic's coalition government could collapse following a move by the prime minister to take on powers to nominate the prosecutor..
Reuters - Published

‘The Gates in the Wall Stand Open Wide.’ What Happened the Day the Berlin Wall Fell

‘the gates in the wall stand open wide.’ what happened the day the berlin wall fell
On June 12, 1987 — more than 25 years after the Berlin Wall first divided the city’s East and West — U.S. President Ronald Reagan gave a famous speech in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin,..
WorldNews - Published

Boris Johnson compares main election rival to Stalin

boris johnson compares main election rival to stalin
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday compared his main rival in the upcoming election to former Soviet leader Joseph Stalin, who garnered infamy for killing millions in labor camps...
WorldNews - Published

'For All Mankind' fact check: How Apple TV's space series mirrors real moon-landing history

Apple TV+'s 'For All Mankind' writes alternate history with a Soviet moon landing, but tries to stay grounded with real people and events.
USATODAY.com - Published

Cannibal ants escape Soviet nuclear weapons bunker

cannibal ants escape soviet nuclear weapons bunker
The bunker is hidden deep in the forests of Poland (Image: Wojciech Stephan) A colony of cannibal ants has escaped from a Soviet nuclear weapons base in Poland. In 2016, scientists found a community of..
WorldNews - Published

Mikhail Gorbachev tells the BBC: World in ‘colossal danger’

The former Soviet leader warns that the tension between Russia and the West is a risk to the entire planet.
BBC News - Published

Almanac: Chernobyl

On April 28, 1986 the Soviet government grudgingly acknowledged an explosion and release of radiation at a nuclear power plant. Jane Pauley reports.
CBS News - Published

Charlie Did It

Former Representative Charlie Wilson convinced Congress to arm Afghan freedom fighters battling the Soviets in the 1980s. Now he tells Mike Wallace that the U.S. failed to provide enough aid when the..
CBS News - Published

Why Chinese farmers have crossed border into Russia's Far East

When farms in Russia's Far East collapsed with the old Soviet Union, Chinese firms saw an opportunity.
BBC News - Published

Exclusive: Don't build Berlin-style wall between Russia and West - Gorbachev

Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet leader, has warned against building a new physical or invisible wall between Russia and the West, 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Reuters - Published

Mikhail Gorbachev: “In 1989 the World Chose Peace; We Need That Vision Today”

mikhail gorbachev: “in 1989 the world chose peace; we need that vision today”
The Berlin Wall, which for decades had divided not just a city but a country, and all of Europe, fell in November 1989, and history accelerated its march. Such moments test the responsibility and..
WorldNews - Published

Soviet-era dissident Vladimir Bukovsky dies in UK

Dissident and human rights activist Vladimir Bukovsky was jailed for 12 years by Soviet authorities.
BBC News - Published

Mystery of the skeleton hijacked by Nazis and Soviets

The identity of a 10th-Century skeleton fascinates experts - but was exploited by invaders.
BBC News - Published

The US just moved ahead of China in quantum computing. But the race isn't over yet

the us just moved ahead of china in quantum computing. but the race isn't over yet
Hong Kong (CNN Business)Sometimes being first isn't all it's cracked up to be. Google (GOOGL) raced past China this week in the quest for "quantum supremacy" with its claim that a machine developed by..
WorldNews - Published

Can Russia offer Africa an alternative to China and the US?

can russia offer africa an alternative to china and the us?
Russia has never had an African colony. It stayed out of the scramble for Africa, only engaging with African states in the 19th Century. In 1869, for instance, the Russians gave Ethiopia military..
WorldNews - Published

Top secret: Declassified files tell dramatic story of how first Soviet atomic bomb was made (PHOTOS)

top secret: declassified files tell dramatic story of how first soviet atomic bomb was made (photos)
After the US nuked Hiroshima and Nagasaki in August 1945, the USSR needed to develop its own A-bomb fast to keep parity. The declassified papers provide a glimpse into how the elaborate task was..
WorldNews - Published

Scarborough's role in the Cuban missile crisis revealed

Operators in the Yorkshire town were able to intercept reports from Soviet ships on their position.
BBC News - Published

Last Soviet leader Gorbachev urges Russia, U.S. to hold nuclear talks

Mikhail Gorbachev, the last Soviet leader, warned on Friday that the world was drifting into a dangerous era of militarised politics and appealed to Moscow and Washington to sit down for urgent nuclear..
Reuters - Published

Alexei Leonov: First person to walk in space dies aged 85

Soviet cosmonaut Alexei Leonov floated above the Earth for 12 minutes in 1965.
BBC News - Published Also reported by •NYTimes.com

Inside the abandoned Soviet base the Cold War left behind

Hundreds of thousands of Soviet troops were stationed in the complex in former East Germany.
BBC News - Published

Russia's Medvedev Slams US for Cuba Embargo During Havana Trip

russia's medvedev slams us for cuba embargo during havana trip
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev lambasted the Trump administration on Thursday for trying to create a "toxic atmosphere" around Cuba, during a two-day trip to the island demonstrating Russia's..
WorldNews - Published

The Spy Among Us, Misty Copeland

Jack Barsky held a job at some of the top corporations in the U.S. and lived a seemingly normal life -- all while spying for the Soviet Union; then, ballet has lifted Misty Copeland from poverty, over..
CBS News - Published

How Ukraine landed in the spotlight of an American political drama

how ukraine landed in the spotlight of an american political drama
For the second time in three years, Ukraine, the former Soviet republic between Russia and the West, has been caught in the glare of US news cameras because of an American political drama. In 2016, the..
WorldNews - Published

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