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Real propaganda?

Defense Against Enemy Propaganda, a 1956 film intended for US troops, contains a couple of clips of Soviet propaganda with voiceovers in English. Are they genuine Soviet films? Where did they come from? [more inside]
posted by cincinnatus c on Nov 18, 2013 - 2 answers

From Lake Geneva to the Finland Station

Looking for popular music with lyrics mentioning the Soviet Union. [more inside]
posted by Chrysostom on Jul 1, 2013 - 21 answers

Cold War - U.S. invades Russia

Did the United States ever have a plan to invade Russia or any part of the Soviet Union? [more inside]
posted by mousepad on Jan 8, 2013 - 23 answers

Poor (but pretty) in pastel

Does anyone remember a big pink-, blue-, and white-striped shopping bag popular in developing countries in the '80s/'90s? It felt like waxed straw, or something Tyvek-y. It had handles, and was often big enough to cover a whole suitcase. [more inside]
posted by taramosalata on Nov 2, 2011 - 23 answers

RUSSIA

Help me feed my obsession with all things Russia. [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Jun 1, 2011 - 27 answers

Resources on rural-urban cooperation in early Soviet Union?

In the book A People's Tragedy, there was a very slight mention of early economic structures that appeared in Russia before the enforced collectivization. This structure was centered on local levels, around rural-urban cooperation. Farms outside city limits would send in food, and the city would send out necessary industrial goods. [more inside]
posted by SollosQ on May 16, 2010 - 8 answers

Video of a 1974 US Navy Burial at Sea of recovered Soviet sailors.

On September 4, 1974 the bodies of 6 Soviet sailors were recovered by the US Navy while clandestinely surveying the wreckage of submarine K-129. In 1992 CIA director Robert Gates "...as a gesture of intent, a symbol of a new era... carried with [him, on a state visit with Boris Yeltsin] the Soviet naval flag that had shrouded the coffins... [and] a videotape of their burial at sea, complete with prayers for the dead and the Soviet national anthem—-a dignified and respectful service even at the height of the Cold War."[1] Where/how can I watch this videotape?
posted by jjjjjjjijjjjjjj on Apr 8, 2010 - 5 answers

How destructive are current U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals relative to their maximum levels?

How destructive are current U.S. and Russian nuclear arsenals relative to their maximum levels? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese on Sep 26, 2009 - 8 answers

How do lawyers work in a newly created nation?

How do lawyers work in newly formed (or reformed) countries with new political systems, like Eastern Europe after the USSR, or Iraq or Timor-Leste today? [more inside]
posted by StrikeTheViol on Mar 7, 2007 - 4 answers

Soviet True-Believers?

I am looking for books written by True-Believers in the old Soviet Union (published in English). I'm doing some research regarding the former Soviet Union and, obviously, there are dozens, if not hundreds, of books reviling the former Soviet Union. I have found only one defending the USSR and its system: the memoirs of Yegor Ligachev. Can anybody help with books written from a pro-USSR viewpoint (since the fall)? Many thanks in advance!
posted by Gerard Sorme on Jan 9, 2007 - 11 answers

Meanwhile, back in communist Hollywood

A russian James Bond? [more inside]
posted by soundofsuburbia on Oct 3, 2006 - 4 answers

In Soviet Union, $noun $verbs you!

In Soviet Union, $noun $verbs you! What is the origin of this meme? It's everywhere online. Searching google and mefi/askmefi havn't helped... someone must know!
posted by adzm on May 6, 2005 - 11 answers

In AskMe the questions come to you

I'm looking for nonfiction accounts of daily civilian life in the former Soviet Union / Eastern Bloc nations. Please recommend some titles. Thanks!
posted by pieoverdone on Apr 10, 2005 - 12 answers

Short final for Red Square

Is this photograph of Mathias Rust's plane faked? [more inside]
posted by tss on Mar 16, 2005 - 14 answers

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