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130 years ago, the Trans–Siberian Railway project was announced

On March 9th, 1891, the Imperial Russian government under Tsar Alexander III (1845-1894) issued a rescript in which it announced its intention to construct what became...

Why Xi won’t congratulate Gorbachev on his 90th birthday

Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev, the eighth and last leader of the Soviet Union, considered by die-hard Communists to be the gravedigger of a great idea,...

La Pasionaria, Spanish Stalinist politician, was born 125 years ago

Long-term secretary-general of the Spanish Communist Party (PCE) and eternal icon of the Left, Isidora Dolores Ibarruri, was born in the Northern Spanish province...

Richard Sorge, German master spy in Japan

Richard Sorge, German press correspondent in Tokyo and head of a very successful Soviet espionage group during World War II, was born on October...

Sigmund Jähn, Germany’s communist cosmonaut

Sigmund Jähn, the first German in space, died at his home in Strausberg outside of Berlin on September 21st, 2019. He was referred to...

The Treaty of Portsmouth ends the Russo-Japanese War

The negotiations between Czarist Russia and Imperial Japan about ending the war they had been fighting since February 8th, 1904, arranged by then US...

1900: Xenophobia versus colonialism in China

The siege of the Legation Quarter in Peking from June to August 1900 was a desperate attempt to rid China of Western colonial powers.

The British Army and the betrayal of the Cossacks

At the end of World War II, tens of thousands of Cossack troops and their families were forcibly transferred to the Soviets.

The Battle of Tsushima, the beginning of the end for Czarist Russia

At the beginning of the 20th century, declining Russia suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of emerging Japan.

Stalin’s cathedral and other controversial Russian World War II memorials

Due to the current virus pandemic, this year’s WW II Victory Parade in Moscow had to be postponed. The special meaning of this historical event remains unchanged, though.

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