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'Tired of fighting': 30 years ago, Soviets withdraw from Afghanistan

Uzbekistan - On February 15, 1989, crowds of stunned onlookers watched the last Soviet troops leave Afghanistan over the Friendship Bridge -- defeated after a decade of war."The Russians were waving and smiling at the people.

MEPs urge Amazon's Bezos to drop Soviet-themed goods

Vilnius - Members of the European Parliament on Friday called on Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos to stop selling Soviet-themed merchandise on the global online shopping platform insisting that it is offends victims of the regime, according to an open letter.

Lithuanian Soviet, Nazi victims await pope's 'never again'

Vilnius - Thirty-five years ago, Father Sigitas Tamkevicius was detained and repeatedly interrogated at a KGB prison for protesting Soviet religious discrimination.

Russian digs accused of covering up Stalinist crimes

Sanktpeterburg - In wooded northern Russia, near the Finnish border, archaeological digs by a patriotic historical group are unearthing controversy.

Czechs protest government 50 years after Soviet-led invasion

Prague - Czechs and Slovaks on Tuesday marked 50 years since Soviet tanks crushed the "Prague Spring" democratic reform drive, while protesters used the anniversary to rail against the current Czech government's ties to the Communist Party.

Bulgarian memories of Prague Spring: 'We weren't aggressors'

Sofia - Bulgarian soldiers who took part in crushing the 1968 Prague Spring democracy movement under orders from Moscow bristle at being considered aggressors.

When Czechoslovaks cracked jokes in the face of Soviet tanks

Prague - Even when Soviet tanks invaded their country on August 21, 1968, to wipe out a pro-democracy movement, Czechoslovaks managed to maintain their unique sense of humour.

Soviet army nearly 'battled' US filmmakers in Prague Spring

Davle - Propaganda-fuelled Soviet soldiers were ready to take on American and German armies during the 1968 invasion of former Czechoslovakia -- before they realised the "enemies" were filmmakers.

Fifty years ago, Soviet tanks crush the Prague Spring

Paris - In August 1968 Soviet tanks rolled into communist Czechoslovakia to crush a burgeoning democratic reform movement known as the Prague Spring.

Prague invasion sparked first dissident protest on Red Square

Moscow - In a symbolic gesture on August 25, 1968, that launched the political dissident movement, eight people demonstrated on Moscow's Red Square against the Soviet authorities sending tanks into Prague.

Prague Spring: AFP reports on the Soviet invasion

Paris - At dawn on August 21, 1968, residents of Prague were shocked to find their city occupied by Soviet tanks.

Five key dates for post-Soviet Russia

Moscow - Here are five major dates in Russia since the disintegration of the USSR or the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

Russia's post-Soviet military engagements beyond its borders

Moscow - The military intervention in Syria ordered by Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday marks the first time that Moscow has taken part in a war far from its borders since its troops fought in Afghanistan in the late Soviet era.

Nazi letter to Soviet wartime agent found in Japan

Toukyo - A birthday letter from a Nazi foreign minister to a legendary spy credited with helping turn the tide of Germany's advance on Moscow has been found in Tokyo, a book dealer said Tuesday.

Nuclear waste in Kara Sea could spread to other continents

In 1992 the world learned the former Soviet Union had used the Arctic Ocean as a dumping ground for liquid and solid nuclear waste. The waste, including nuclear subs was mostly confined to an area off the coast of Novaya Zemlya, in the Kara Sea.

Did Brad Pitt buy a Soviet Tank?

Actor Brad Pitt has many Hollywood observers confused over his recent purchase of a 36 ton Soviet era tank for personal use.

First-ever war crimes prosecution against Soviet Army in Hungary

Budapest - Hungary’s National Office of Investigation (NNI) has begun an inquiry into a 66-year-old war crime allegedly committed by the Soviet Red Army in which 32 men aged mainly between 16-22 were summarily shot in front of their parents.

Teens detained after Polish cemetery vandalised in Brest, Belarus

Brest - Police in western Belarus have detained three teenagers who are accused of vandalising a Polish cemetery in the town of Brest on the night of August 25.

Former Soviet Political Prisoner, 75, Beaten To Death

Man beaten to death because he passes on buying a stranger's religious CD.

Soviet propaganda cartoons come to video

The four-DVD set 'Animated Soviet Propaganda' opens the vaults on decades of Cold War humor.

Dark Clouds Forming As Winter Approaches In Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD (dpa) - After ten years of Soviet occupation and another decade of civil war, few observers thought the situation in Afghanistan could get any worse. Yet it is poised to do so. This month a harsh winter is bringing another year of fighting...

A Miner's Life Counts For Little In Donetsk

Donetsk, Ukraine (dpa) - The pit foreman tears open the door to the winding tower. A gust of wind blows Pyotr Sakharov and his men into a gloomy corridor. It is dark. The lights are broken, and the miners on the early shift have to feel their way t...
 

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Exhibition banner for the Russian Revolution  outside the British Library.
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A Soviet T-55 tank exhibited at the Imperial War Museum.
A Soviet T-55 tank exhibited at the Imperial War Museum.
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A group of T-54 tanks. The USSR exported mainly T-54 and the upgraded T-55 to its Third World clients.
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