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'The heart cares, the heart worries The mail packs the cargo My address is not a house or street My address is the Soviet Union' 1970s song. This makes sense. If you prefer #Stalin over #Gorbachev you can easily be happy with #Putin as your leader. Angela Merkel called out Russia's gross human rights record in front of Vladimir Putin. #Map shows smuggling routes from #Russia into #Europe. A younger Putin, circa 1970s. Soviet TV commercial for Furniture Store N.9. End of the opening ceremony. 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, USSR. A moment from the 1980 Moscow Olympics opening ceremony. Larisa Mondrus performing 'My Dear Dreamer',1966. Dance partners/cameramen are Soviet cosmonauts Yuri Gagarin, Pavel Belyaev & Alexei Leonov.

If Russia became the Soviet Union again it would be the Soviet Reunion. #Map shows #Russia born population in #Estonia. Might be used by #Putin to argue for annexation? 1970s, road tripping through Afghanistan!. "Where does the capitalist have his breakfast?" How Soviet students learnt English in 1959. Moscow, 1986. Programming class in school N.444 taught by Ninel Yuryevna Pakhomova. 1945. Sports Parade. Moscow, USSR. 2017 is the UK-Russia Year of Science & Education @mfa_russia. We want to inspire the next generation of British & Russian scientists #YoSE.

Rock and roll was banned in the USSR in the 1950s so people pressed records onto x-rays and called it bone music. Via QI Elves. Winter in Chernobyl. Duga was a Soviet over-the-horizon radar system used as part of the Soviet ABM early-warning network. Author unknown. 6 things to know about Russia’s economy. Watch the Russia in the World session from the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting 2017 here.

6 things to know about Russia’s economy

Low oil prices and sanctions over Ukraine have been taking their toll in the Russian economy. In his annual state-of-the-nation address to parliament and the nation, President Vladimir Putin struck a conciliatory tone towards Western nations and turned the spotlight on domestic economic and social issues. Age and years in power of the post-Soviet leaders. Renewed list after #Karimov death and #Moldova elections. A list of bands banned by Soviet Union circa 1985. And why. With the end of the #SovietUnion #Ukraine started to shrink 1990 52M 2015 45M 2030 41M 2060 33M 2100 27M Common theme in ex Soviet nations. ***Jan 30th, 1990. 1st McDonalds restaurant opened in Moscow,USSR. 1000 people expected to come on day 1. 30,000 came.

Population Density map of the Soviet Union (1929) #Oldmaps #USSR. 1991 Happy Xmas (Cold War Is Over). The USSR fell upon the resignation of Mikhail Gorbachev. Espionage chiefs ditch Cambridge spy seminars amid rumours of Russian influence. Sir Richard Dearlove, who ran the secret service for five years from 1999, stood down from his position as convener of the Cambridge Intelligence Seminar (CIS) alongside Stefan Halper, a former policy adviser at the White House, and historian Peter Martland.

Espionage chiefs ditch Cambridge spy seminars amid rumours of Russian influence

A new digital publishing house, Veruscript, has been set up to help cover some of the CIS’ costs. It is here that concerns over Russian funding have arisen. The seminars, which are held at Corpus Christi college, debate central issues in modern espionage and are often led by senior figures in the security industry. Sources told the Daily Telegraph there were concerns of undue influence over debates on national security. A senior Whitehall official said the claims about Russian meddling were "the kind of thing that we are aware of being of concern". Under Vladimir Putin, Russia Plays a Smart Round of Global Martial Arts. Rise & fall of the Russian Empire: Every year. Ben Flanagan. 6 things to know about Russia’s economy. Low oil prices and sanctions over Ukraine have been taking their toll in the Russian economy.

6 things to know about Russia’s economy

In his annual state-of-the-nation address to parliament and the nation, President Vladimir Putin struck a conciliatory tone towards Western nations and turned the spotlight on domestic economic and social issues. "Once again The last elektrichka (train) ran away from me And I was walking down the tracks, Down the tracks on my way home." V.Makarov. The Soviet Union collapsed overnight. Don’t assume western democracy will last for ever. Below the medieval citadel in Kazan, two vast frozen rivers turn the landscape white.

The Soviet Union collapsed overnight. Don’t assume western democracy will last for ever

On a Saturday afternoon there are a few hardy locals shuffling through the icy sludge to take selfies against the mosque, the Christmas lights and the Soviet-era statues. It’s 25 years since I was last in Russia, trying and failing to revive the left during the chaotic first days of Boris Yeltsin’s economic reforms. Half a lifetime later I am here to address a room full of people who want to talk about replacing capitalism with something better – and suddenly we have something in common: now we both know what it’s like to see a system that once looked permanent collapsing. Since I’ve been here, almost everyone who has chosen to come and hear me is involved in either contemporary arts or philosophy. The journalists who want to interview me – a public critic of Putin’s policy in Syria and Ukraine – mainly write for cultural magazines. The parallels are obvious. But there’s one big difference. "History of American civilization" "From a human in animal skin, to an animal in human skin." Soviet anti-American poster.

"In America..." In this restaurant, only one person gets served: 'War' Other tables: 'Healthcare', 'Schools', 'Libraries', 'Arts' Students! #Soviet Life, February 1969. The Soviet/Russian Embassy in Cuba. @BrutalHouse @BrutalismOnline @sovietvisuals ©Manuel Castro. Was the #Brexit referendum influenced by #Putin? Like the US election. Russia withdraws signature from international criminal court statute. Russian America (1860) #Oldmaps #Russia #USA. Population in #Russia shrinks and ages: productivity losses will weaken power position in future. Likely to act on strength now.

То чувство, когда ни один советский плакат не лгал. No context required. 1956 Soviet print ad for processed cheeses. "A trip around the world can be done for 50 kopecks if you buy the Aviakhim lottery ticket! 8002 prizes." Soviet poster. This is a Russian aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, & its pic was captured on Oct. 27, 2016 by @DigitalGlobe #GeoEye1. I have that blanket! Outdoor discos to kitsch schnitzel ads: Twitter account relives the Soviet era. 'Increasingly aggressive' Russia a growing threat to UK, says MI5 head. Russia poses an increasing threat to the stability of the UK and is using all the sophisticated tools at its disposal to achieve its aims, the director general of MI5 has told the Guardian.

'Increasingly aggressive' Russia a growing threat to UK, says MI5 head

In the first newspaper interview given by an incumbent MI5 chief in the service’s 107-year history, Andrew Parker said that at a time when much of the focus was on Islamic extremism, covert action from other countries was a growing danger. Most prominent was Russia. “It is using its whole range of state organs and powers to push its foreign policy abroad in increasingly aggressive ways – involving propaganda, espionage, subversion and cyber-attacks.

Russia in one photo. "Alcohol leads to family breakup, hooliganism, accidents, crime, delirium tremens." Bongo drums competition (last one for today) Televised Soviet talent show ‘Come on, girls!’ 1985. Intourist Soviet travel poster. Scene from 1969 Soviet film 'We'll Live Till Monday'. English class. "Workers of light industry and trade! Your best performance indicators - satisfied customers!" It's out! The Vladimir Putin 2017 calendar. Russia compared to Nazis ahead of UK Syria debate. Image copyright Reuters.

Russia compared to Nazis ahead of UK Syria debate

Territoral evolution of Ukraine. Putin's Making a Big Bet on Building Vegas in Vladivostok. What happens in Vladivostok stays in Vladivostok.

Putin's Making a Big Bet on Building Vegas in Vladivostok

QuickTake Vladimir Putin A phrase that could’ve captured Soviet obsession with secrecy during the Cold War is gaining new meaning for Vladimir Putin, who’s taking a gamble as he aims to turn Russia’s easternmost nuclear garrison into a freewheeling center of commerce and casinos to lure investors and bettors from Asia. Stung by oil’s collapse and sanctions, Putin declared the once-closed Pacific city of 600,000 a “free port” last October, slashing red tape and introducing unprecedented legal protections for investors in the hopes of spawning a bustling frontier outpost closer in spirit to Las Vegas than Moscow. But the plan may also work too well: By chasing foreign money wherever he can get it, he’s risking over-dependence on a powerful China. Life in Soviet Russia (choose translate) Снимки с историями от прославленного фотографа Игоря Гаврилова, посвятившего своей непростой профессии более 40 лет.

Life in Soviet Russia (choose translate)

How big are the diasporas of former Soviet republics, relative to their 2015 national populations?