Category: Week 11 Posts

Closing a Part of Russia’s Roots

Alcohol consumption is deeply engraved into the cultural roots of Russia. It was one of the largest ways that Russia gets its revenue. Production and distribution of alcohol to other areas lead Russia to be a front runner. “In 1979, for example, the state derived some 25.4 billion rubles in indirect taxes from the sale […]

Lost Legacies in the “Graveyard of Empires”

The Soviet Union found out first hand the difficulties in attempting to occupy and stabilize the nation of Afghanistan. The comparisons to the American conflict in Vietnam, and now our own endeavors in Afghanistan certainly hold a good deal of merit. The Soviet experience in Afghanistan has always held a personal interest for me, having … Continue reading Lost Legacies in the “Graveyard of Empires”

The End of an Era

The Soviet Union faced many changes in the twentieth century; whether it be leadership change, social growth, industrial advancement, or impacts from different wars, the Soviet Union went through a dynamic transformation that all came to a head by the early 1990’s. After months of efforts to halt the inevitable or must some kind of […]

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 […]

Bad Apples Don’t Fall Far from the Tree

The turbulent Russian youth of the mid-1980s defied their elders and their country by refusing to become subordinates of the Communist Party. A suppressed generation of Young Marxists, the young people sought to make dramatic cultural change that would effect how the Soviet Union would be interpreted for years to come – or so they … Continue reading Bad Apples Don’t Fall Far from the Tree

The Wolf and the Bear: The First Chechen War

Chechnya is a small region in the Caucuses that has long resented Russian rule. The Chechens had fallen victims to Stalin’s deportations and purges, and they had a long history being repressed by Moscow. Chechen also objected to Russian rule for religious reasons, as the vast majority of Chechens were Muslims.  Therefore, when the Soviet Union fell […]

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 […]