Memories of the man who inspired 'Giovanni's Island'

May 4, 2015

Memories of the man who inspired 'Giovanni's Island'

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The man whose life inspired the 2014 animated film “Giovanni’s Island” has described the two years he shared with friends from the former Soviet Union and the impact of its occupation of his hometown following World War II. Hiroshi Tokuno, now 81, recalled how ...

Dec 5, 2014

Woman, 98, seeks to overturn 1950 atomic spy case conviction

A 98-year-old woman’s showdown with the federal government over her 1950 conviction in the run-up to the atomic spying trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg returns to a Manhattan courtroom. Miriam Moskowitz asked a judge earlier this year to reconsider her conviction in light ...

Aug 12, 2014

How vodka limits hastened the USSR's demise

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When the Soviet Union finally disintegrated at the end of 1991, Boris Yeltsin, the new Russian leader, decided not to repeat Mikhail Gorbachev's error of restricting access to vodka. Some say it was Gorbachev's sober way of life — and his attempt to impose ...