Seminar on the collapse of the USSR

This seminar addresses the ways in which the fall of the Soviet empire from the 1980s to the early 1990s made clear imperial politics of difference and, in turn, the rise of ethno-nationalism in the region and beyond. The art that emerged under the conditions of the collapse formed new forms and ...

Seminar about Hollywood and the USSR

Until the early 1950s, science fiction was considered a child's business in Hollywood. No studio will release an A-picture based on sci-fi material. But after World War II, everything changed dramatically - and you will find out why. Using classic films like ...

Presentation of a book about an American journalist in the USSR

What was it like being in the middle of political tension in Moscow and being tasked with explaining the Soviet Union to American society? Veteran journalist Marvin Culb recounts his journey from radio host to one of America's most famous foreign correspondents. In his newest memoirs “The Appointment of Russia: ...

Seminar 'Soviet Political Police'

When the Bolsheviks seized power in 1917, one of the main tools they used to manipulate society from above was the internal security and intelligence apparatus or the political police. In this talk, Alexandra Sukalo explores the recruitment, training and discipline of common men and ...

Seminar on Soviet Perestroika

Life in the USSR was actually turned upside down by a package of reforms known as "perestroika" initiated by Mikhail Gorbachev in 1985. The same big changes were expected in Central Asia: although some observers noted that some reforms in Central Asia ...

Once in history: how the American flag flew over the Kremlin for nine days

This incredible fact has nothing to do with military operations, but took place during the so-called Cold War, says Russia Beyond. Only once in history has the US flag raised over the Kremlin. It was not a scene for a movie or someone else's ...

'Black on the Reds': how an African American lived in the USSR for 44 years

African-American Robert Robinson left the United States at the age of 23 for a well-paid job in the Soviet Union, as well as in order to avoid racial harassment. As a result, in the 1930s he was elected a member of the Moscow Council of Working People's Deputies (Mossovet), and later wrote a book about his ...

The first runaway Olympian: how a Soviet athlete escaped from the dictatorship and what came of it

The decision of the Belarusian athletes Kristina Timanovskaya and Yana Maksimova stirred up another story in the memory. Back in the days of the Soviet Union, one of the athletes tried not to return to his homeland. What came of this, said the edition of Radio Liberty. Back in 1976, at the Summer Olympics in Montreal (Canada) in ...

Americans and post-Soviet countries: where the State Department does not advise US citizens to go

The US State Department does not recommend that Americans visit Belarus, since this country has the highest level of danger - the fourth. This is stated on the website of the State Department. The State Department warns: Belarus is unsafe due to arbitrary compliance with laws and the risk of detention, as well as because of COVID-19. ...

The best in the USSR: five major myths about the Union

Almost 30 years ago, in December 1991, the state of the Soviet Union ceased to exist. By that time, the country was in a deep economic crisis, there was no normal choice of food and other necessary goods on sale - many were tired of Soviet reality, and when ...

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