Commentary / World Aug 12, 2014

How vodka limits hastened the USSR's demise

by Alexei Bayer

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 ...

Commentary / World Jul 8, 2014

Shevardnadze's lessons for the West

by Leonid Bershidsky

Eduard Shevardnadze, the former Soviet foreign minister and Georgian president who died Monday at 86, was not an effective leader, but if Western leaders had paid closer attention to what he said when he was alive, they would have been better prepared for today's ...

Commentary / World Mar 10, 2014

Contradictions over Ukraine

Western criticisms of Russia's move into Ukraine's Crimea region reek of double standards. Much of what is Ukraine today would not have existed if not for the creation of the Soviet Union.

National Dec 16, 2013

Redress was sought for '83 KAL jet downing

Japan drew up a claim in 1986 for just over ¥3.4 billion in damages from the Soviet Union for the 28 Japanese killed in the 1983 shoot-down of Korean Air Flight 007 over Soviet airspace, recently disclosed Foreign Ministry documents reveal. But the victims' relatives ...