Category: Comrade’s Corner

Say No to Alcohol

Alcohol has been a huge influence on Russia’s culture, whether it be a good or bad one. In 1979, the state derived approximately 25.4 billion rubles in indirect taxes from the sale of alcoholic beverage which was more than what was paid in income tax. However, alcoholism was on the rise in the Soviet Union … Continue reading Say No to Alcohol

Stop 6: Chernobyl

For my final stop I decided to go to to a site that shaped the later part of the twentieth century and still has an impact now. I decided to head to Chernobyl, a nuclear reactor site that exploded during the Soviet regime. Background: On April 26. 1986, reactor number four at the nuclear site […]

I’m Not Drunk, You’re Drunk!

 (Photo:   One of the most prevalent stereotypes that comes to mind when thinking about Russia is that of the Russian drinker, warmed by an endless amount of vodka in a very cold country. While that is just a stereotype, alcohol still held a place of cultural and societal significance in the Soviet Union and … Continue reading I’m Not Drunk, You’re Drunk!

Russian Into Afghanistan

It was in late December, 1979 that the Soviet 40th Army moved to invade the country of Afghanistan. In the Soviets’ mind, they were helping to improve communist relations between the Afghan people and the People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan (PDPA), a communist political party.1 During the midst of the Cold War, the United States had … Continue reading Russian Into Afghanistan

Fighting in Afghanistan Never Works

If you haven’t picked up on it yet, I like to talk about war and conflict in history.  This blog post will do just that.  In late December, 1979, the USSR began conducting military operations in the socialist republic of Afghanistan, responding to an Afghani call for aid.  The goal of these operations were to stabilize […]

Blog 6 – Russian for the Summer Olympics

Pictured: A newspaper from the Herald-Journal from February 21, 1980 demonstrating the boycotting of the Olympics. ( The Olympics have been around since 1896. A spectacle featuring the world’s top athletes, their abilities, and the country’s patriotism. The Olympics have become a major source of entertainment as millions gather around to watch and cheer on … Continue reading Blog 6 – Russian for the Summer Olympics