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Matt Moser’s Blog 2016-05-01 22:37:58

Let’s all  be honest, when we think of Russia one of the first things we think of is vodka, and it’s completely justified. Russians have always been massive consumers of alcohol, and in the mid 1900s, the Soviet Union had a monopoly over the production and distribution of alcohol. In fact, the state made more […]

The Novocherassk Massacre

In the 1950s and 60s, workers in the Soviet Union watched as their wages were reduced year after year in an attempt to make false statistics regarding labor efficiency. One of the biggest wage cuts came on January 1, 1962 when the Novocherassk Electric Locomotive Works (NEVZ) had its wages reduced by around 35%. Workers…

Hungary For Change

On March 6, 1953, millions of citizens of the Soviet Union took to the Red Square to mourn the death of the man who had ruled them for the past 30 years. While they mourned, others quickly looked at the new power vacuum as an opportunity for change. In Hungary, Soviet troops began to pull…

The Rise and Fall of the Proletkult

During the Russian Revolution, culture became a hot topic among the two sides and ended up being another cause of conflict between the Proletarians and Lenin’s government. Both sides agreed that culture was an important aspect of the revolution, but that was about as far as they got. Lenin’s intrigue in culture was simply a…

Bloody Sunday

January 22, 1905, which quickly became known as Bloody Sunday, is often noted as one of the events that triggered the revolution in Russia. The country was in turmoil under Romanov Czar Nicholas II who had allowed Russia to become corrupt and oppressive since he took power in 1894. This, among other factors, caused revolutionary leaders…

Rivers in the Russian Empire

In the early 20th century, rivers were a widely used method of transportation throughout the Russian Empire. This picture was taken along the Volga-Baltic waterway which became a popular route for resources to travel from the capital of St. Petersburg to the Volga River Basin in northwestern Russia. This portion of the Russian empire was,…