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In Soviet echo, Putin gives Russian army a political wing

Jul 31, 2018

In Soviet echo, Putin gives Russian army a political wing

Vladimir Putin has created a new directorate inside the Russian army to promote patriotism, evoking memories of a Soviet practice that once saw soldiers taught the precepts of Marxism and Leninism by political commissars. The move, approved by Putin in a presidential decree published on ...

No pomp as Russia revolution centenary nears

| Oct 21, 2017

No pomp as Russia revolution centenary nears

A century after its revolution shook the world, Russia strives to remember the uprising that brought about the Soviet Union without also romanticizing regime change. In a series of seismic events in 1917, Czar Nicholas II abdicated in March and the Bolsheviks, led by Vladimir ...

/ Dec 17, 2016

1972 Olympic discus champion Melnik dies at 71

Faina Melnik, the 1972 Olympic women's discus champion from the Soviet Union, has died, the Russian track and field federation said Friday. She was 71. Melnik won her Olympic gold medal in an event in which the top eight finishers all threw further than the ...