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Posts published in March 2011

What was the Soviet education system, in reality?

Paradise Lost?By Dmitry Babich Although the totalitarian Soviet education system barred questioning or criticism, it nonetheless produced some of the greatest scientists and performers in Russian history. Windows to Russia!

Russia’s “Good ol’ Days” Past…

Everywhere I go in Russia. I see a Soviet past that is missed by more than just a few people.. That is what I was thinking this morning over coffee. That thought came from when Sveta and I the other night visited some friends. It was a typical visit to a Russian and that means more food, drinks and desserts…

Mikhail Gorbachev’s 80th birthday – Held in London…

Gorby 80: Mikhail Gorbachev’s 80th birthday gala in London… (In London?) The star-studded charity concert at Royal Albert Hall for the last leader of the Soviet Union – Gorby! Given for his 80th birthday, where guests included Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lech Walesa, Kevin Spacey, Sharon Stone and many many more famous… Gorbachev, the so-called “architect of perestroika and glasnost in Russia,”…

Moscow police say Limonov rally out of question

Moscow police have said they will not allow radical opposition leader Eduard Limonov to stage a banned anti-Kremlin rally on Triumfalnaya Square on Thursday. Limonov, who has faced off with fellow activists over the Strategy 31 cause, was denied approval even as Lyudmila Alexeyeva, head of the Moscow Helsinki Group, was given the go-ahead for a 3,000-strong rally on nearby…

Yury Gagarin, Hero of the Soviet Union: Biography

On April 12, 2011, Russia and the world will mark the 50th anniversary of the historic flight of Yury Gagarin, the first man in space. Yury Gagarin was born March 9, 1934 in Klushino, a village in the Gzhatsk (now Gagarin) District of Russia’s Smolensk Region. His parents, Alexei and Anna Gagarin, came from local peasant families and were themselves…

Russia, America Conclude Treaty on Adoption…

Unbelievable – we have followed this for what seems like years now. This is big news in Russia and I hope it helps the situation. It has been a long process and I know it means a huge change in how America handles adoptions with Russia. There are a lot of Russian children that are adopted by good families in…

HIV on rise in Moscow Region by over 60% in Jan.-Feb. y-o-y

A number of HIV infected people in the Moscow Region rose by 64.5% in January and February in comparison to the same period in 2010, Russia’s sanitary watchdog said on Wednesday. The Federal Service for the Oversight of Consumer Protection and Welfare said currently the number of the HIV infected people in the Moscow Region stands at 29,337. However, as…

Russian boxing champ Valuyev may run for parliament

Russia’s heavyweight WBA champion Nikolai Valuyev may run in forthcoming elections to the State Duma, the Novgorod Vedomosti newspaper said on Wednesday. Valuyev, 37, has joined the United Russia party last year and received his party membership card from the head of the United Russia branch in his hometown of St. Petersburg, Russia’s second largest city. United Russia, Russia’s ruling…

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