Tag Archives: Soviet Union

Why Putin Misses the Soviet Union So Much

The Soviet Union was Russia’s most inspiring claim to Russia’s identity.

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Putin’s and Russia’s Quest for Identity and Belonging

How withholding respect for Russia could lead to war.

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For Whom the Wall Fell?

berlin wall graphic

How are the former Soviet Union and other Central and Eastern European nations faring?

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Russia: Life After Empire

How much smaller is Russia today than in its days as an empire?

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7 Facts: Sizing Up Ukraine

Ukraine is a big deal in Europe — literally.

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8 Facts: Taking Stock of Ukraine’s Economy

Ukraine’s economy has been stuck in neutral since the end of the Cold War.

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Vodka: Market Riches After Communism

What role did vodka play in restructuring Russia’s economy after communism?

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Vodka: Sobering Up the USSR

How did restrictions on vodka consumption speed up the collapse of communism?

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Russia Through the Vodka Glass

Can Russia’s recent history be explained through a vodka glass?

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1814 or 1914? The Fateful Choice in 2014

The surprising way in which historical choices present themselves in cycles that are 100 years apart.

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