Soviet Union

Munchies

How Russia Fell in Love with Candy Bars Made of Blood

Many Soviet children grew up loving the sweetness, texture, and slight metallic twang of Hematogen bars—without knowing what was in them.
Mark Hay
4.1.19
russia

How Howard Hughes Helped the CIA Try to Steal a Russian Nuclear Sub

The expensive attempt was largely a mechanical failure, but it was still one of the stranger covert ops in US history.
Seth Ferranti
8.25.17
Photography

Photos from Transnistria, the Country That Doesn't Exist

The United Nations may not formally recognise the country's independence, but 500,000 Transnistrians deserve to be seen.
Adina Florea
8.21.17
russia

What It Was Like to Work at a Russian Gulag

Ivan Chistyakov was living a modern life in the city, working as an engineer and checking out plays and movies. Then he got shipped off to Siberia.
Seth Ferranti
7.31.17
Remembering Things

30 Years Ago, Billy Joel Had a Meltdown in Moscow

In 1987, the piano man tried to bridge the gap between the US and the Soviet Union, and threw an onstage tantrum in the process.
Dan Ozzi
7.28.17
Travel

A Visit to Europe’s Last Dictatorship

Ex-Soviet Belarus only began accepting visa-free tourists this year. I had to explore one of the hardest-drinking, most WWII-nostalgic countries on Earth.
Dave Hazzan
7.25.17
PROHIBITION

The Soviet Posters Meant to Keep Russians from Drinking

Russia's 1985 ban on alcohol proved disastrous for the economy, but it was a great time for lovers of beautiful anti-alcohol posters.
Paweł Mączewski
5.12.17
Sports

Remembering Vladimir Rodionovich Klitschko, Father To Champions and Casualty Of Chernobyl

While the Klitschko brothers are household names, far fewer people know about the exploits of their father. Not only did he raise two legends of boxing, he also bore witness to one of the most famous disasters in human history.
Will Magee
4.28.17
Books

How the CIA Infiltrated the World's Literature

The new book, <i>Finks</i>, reveals how great writers such as Baldwin, Márquez and Hemingway became soldiers in America's cultural Cold War.
Mary von Aue
1.5.17
Photo

Photos of the Georgian Families Living Inside an Abandoned Military Hospital

25 years after the fall of the Soviet Union, many Georgians are struggling to survive in the new economy. In the outskirts of the capital, Tbilisi, over 150 families are forced by necessity to live in an abandoned military hospital.
Jake Borden
10.16.16
Comics!

'Vania The Bear Versus Radioactive Hellrats,' Today's Comic by Pedro d'Apremont, Gabriel Góes and Cynthia Bonacossa

Vania the Bear and friends head to the countryside to hunt radioactive hellrats in exchange for discount coupons.
Pedro d'Apremont, Gabriel Góes, and Cynthia Bonacos
8.28.16
Art

How Freedom Shaped Ukrainian Art, At Home and Abroad

The exhibition 'Reality Check' celebrates 25 years of Ukrainian independence and the effects of freedom.
B. David Zarley
8.28.16
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