Topic archives: USSR

Putin a 21st-century tsar, with Russians happy to trade freedoms for security

Putin a 21st-century tsar, with Russians happy to trade freedoms for security

May 15, 2014 7

Russia's default state is not that of a democracy; its authoritarianism has deep roots. And Russians are more than happy to trade liberties for security, says political academic Thomas Ambrosio.

In Russian-speaking Odessa, a call for calm as Putin advances

In Russian-speaking Odessa, a call for calm as Putin advances

March 12, 2014 4

The Ukrainian town of Odessa has traditionally continued with business as usual even during times of war. But Ukrainian journalist (and chess grandmaster) Mikhail Golubev says Russian aggression has spurred the town into action.

Cornered, the Russian bear likely to show its teeth in region

Cornered, the Russian bear likely to show its teeth in region

March 10, 2014 10

Russia's increasing aggression in the Ukraine is a result of its deep-seated fear of outside aggression. Without a pliant Ukraine, Russia may take more drastic measures.

The president is gone, but Ukraine’s democracy hopes in tatters

The president is gone, but Ukraine’s democracy hopes in tatters

February 26, 2014 4

Don't think that Ukraine's social unrest will usher in a golden era of social democracy. Unfortunately for the former Eastern bloc state, its future is likely to be more of the same.

The complicated and manufactured culture of Uzbekistan

The complicated and manufactured culture of Uzbekistan

November 6, 2013 1

Historian and Oxford Jesus College senior research fellow R.J.B. Bosworth travels to Uzbekistan to find a strange history and a forced culture. He writes at Inside Story.

Rundle: Manning Clark and the Austen Tayshus comparison

May 3, 2011 2

In one of the most bizarre sallies in the ongoing, nasty kulturkampf against Manning Clark, Ross Fitzgerald joins his voice to those who saw the great historian as some sort of Soviet stooge.

Moral equivalence bonanza in Afghanistan

November 25, 2009 1

What's the difference between the predicament that the Soviet occupiers in Afghanistan faced in the late '80s with those that America and its allies face there today? Not as much as some would like to believe, says Charles Richardson.

REVEALED: Thatcher feared the fall of the Wall

September 11, 2009

Documents smuggled out of the Kremlin have revealed details of a secret meeting between Margaret Thatcher and Mikhail Gorbachev in 1989, where the Iron Lady stated plainly that Britain did not want Germany to be reunited.

PHOTO GALLERY: A tale of two Mongolias

PHOTO GALLERY: A tale of two Mongolias

September 7, 2009

The independent nation of Mongolia and the Chinese-controlled Inner Mongolia may share a common history, but have taken two very different paths over the last 20 years. Stunning photos show neighbouring countries that are worlds apart.

Climate change hits former Soviet Bloc hard

June 3, 2009

The World Bank says the former countries of the Soviet Union are suffering severely from climate change.