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Last, But Not Least

For my final blog post, I had decided to write about my trip to Moscow in March. Let me state that this trip was supposed to be a learning experience, not a vacation and it held true to that statement. I had known absolutely nothing about Russia previously other than what I had learned from […]

Red Blood Stains White Bark

The story of Vasilii Shukshin is as tongue-tied as the chudaks he represented in each film he wrote and each character he played. Shukshin was a Russian actor, director and writer that had taken over the 1960s and 1970s film industry by storm. He had created three movies, each gaining more attention from the Russian […]

From Perfection To Destruction

The small town of Tol’iatti was meant to be the perfect socialist city; a booming industrial sector and a residential area that was built upon new architectural and modernization ideas. Tol’iatti had meant to be the tiny Volga city that showed monumental achievements in architecture that showed the “Soviet adaptation of international modernism” (17 Moments […]

Star Wars: The Soviet’s Awaken

The launch of Sputnik I on October 5, 1987 was a scientific achievement to be admired by everyone. The United States and the Soviet Union were in the “space race”: who could be the first to launch a satellite into space? Sergei Korolov was the chief designer for Sputnik I and later Sputnik II. However, […]

Wait For Me, And I’ll Come Back

The most interesting thing that war brings is the need for romance and love when it seems unreachable. Poems, songs and movies all brought forward a surge of romance that was needed for the dying population of the Soviet Union. Many couples that were ripped in two relied on poems such as Wait For Me […]

The Invisible Children

The economic and political pitfalls between the years of 1917-1921 caused a lot of heartache and troubles for families of the working-lower classes and the peasants. The continuous shortage of bread and basic sustenance put more and more pressure on families to feed their kids, much less themselves. The rise and spread of disease and […]

Kornilov, A Savior? Not In This Revolution

While the July Days were meant to “end the revolution’s summer of discontent”, Kornilov had to deal with the ever increasing amounts of strikes and factory shutdowns from the working and lower classes. The amount of economic and social distress was starting to build more corruption within the government and was taking a toll on […]

The Creation of Soviets

The beginning of protests against the Russian government started in St. Petersburg at the Winter Palace. The Union of Liberation had coordinated with the Assembly of Russian Workingmen and the resulting assembly was meant to be a peaceful mass demonstration led by priest Georgy Gapon. Workers carried religious icons, pictures of Nicholas II and petitions that […]