On this day: a nuclear disaster in the USSR | In Times Gone By…

This is the first picture taken of the destroyed nuclear reactor in Chernobyl (Chornobyl in Ukrainian), Ukraine. 27th April, 1986. Taken from a helicopter flying over to assess the damage, the imag…

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On this day: Svetlana Alliluyeva defects | In Times Gone By…

On the 6th of March, 1967, Svetlana Alliluyeva, daughter of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, approached the US embassy in New Delhi and asked for political asylum. She is seen below arriving in the U…

Source: On this day: Svetlana Alliluyeva defects | In Times Gone By…

Star of postwar German cinema was Soviet spy, declassified files show | World news | The Guardian

Marika Rökk, whose career began during the Nazi era, went on to star in almost 40 films until her death at the age of 90 in 2004. Photograph: Ronald Grant

One of Germany’s best-loved postwar actors has been exposed as a Soviet agent following the declassification of top secret intelligence documents.

Marika Rökk, who was banned from acting for two years for her apparent closeness to the Nazi regime, had in fact been working…

Source: Star of postwar German cinema was Soviet spy, declassified files show | World news | The Guardian

Auschwitz: Photographs from Hell | Iconic Photos

This week, the world paused briefly to remember 27th January 1945 when the Red Army liberated Auschwitz.  The press release from the White House, now improbably occupied by a man who has sur…

Source: Auschwitz: Photographs from Hell | Iconic Photos

The Sunday Living History Interview – A Tale of Two Katharinas, a Legacy of Strong Women by Darlene Foster | Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life

Author Darlene Foster shares the story of two great-grandmothers who despite the hardships they faced, worked tirelessly to give their families a home and provide them with the tools needed to surv…

Source: The Sunday Living History Interview – A Tale of Two Katharinas, a Legacy of Strong Women by Darlene Foster | Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life

The Mad Monarchist: Making a Prophet of Mussolini

In 1945, in the last days of the war, when his “Italian Social Republic” was in its death throes, Benito Mussolini made the following prediction about the future:

“The present war will produce an alteration in order of rank. Great Britain, for instance, is destined to become a second-class power, in view of disclosure of Russian and American strength…In a short time, Fascism will once more shine on the horizon. First of all, because of the persecution to which the Liberals will subject it, showing that liberty is something to reserve to oneself and refuse to others.”

And, the fact is, the liberals of today are working very hard to prove…

Source: The Mad Monarchist: Making a Prophet of Mussolini

Hoard of 17th Century Spanish Coins Found on Crimean Peninsula – Life in Russia

Hoard of Spanish Coins Found SOCHI, May 19./TASS/. Archeologists have found a hoard of 17th century Spanish coins at the site where the momentous bridge is being built between the Crimean Peninsula…

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The Battle of Ankara,1402 – Treachery on the battlefield seals the fates of an Emperor and a Sultan

The Battle of Ankara was fought on the 20th of July 1402. Two of the greatest rulers of their time – Bayezid I The Thunderbolt, the…

Source: The Battle of Ankara,1402 – Treachery on the battlefield seals the fates of an Emperor and a Sultan

Imperial Russia in colour: peasants and elites | Dance’s Historical Miscellany

Leo Tolstoy in 1908 (Produkin-Gorskii Collection/wikipedia)

In the early 1900s, Russian photographer Sergei Produkin-Gorskii decided to take a photographic survey of the Russian Empire and its neighbouring countries. It was an absurdly ambitious scheme whic…

Source: Imperial Russia in colour: peasants and elites | Dance’s Historical Miscellany

How a Gift from Schoolchildren Let the Soviets Spy on the U.S. for 7 Years | Atlas Obscura

In 1946, a group of Russian children from the Vladimir Lenin All-Union Pioneer Organisation (sort of a Soviet scouting group) presented a carved wooden replica of the Great Seal of the United States to Averell Harriman, the U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union.

The gift, a gesture of friendship to the USSR’s World War II ally, was hung in the…

Source: How a Gift from Schoolchildren Let the Soviets Spy on the U.S. for 7 Years | Atlas Obscura