Friday, June 24, 2022

The Maxim Gorky: Aviation’s Titanic

Maurie White’s father, an engineer who produced truck radiators, was one of forty people invited onto the Maxim Gorky, a mammoth passenger plane that...

Russian Beauty

In 1899, Empress Alexandra Feodorovna was preparing for the arrival of her third child. This time, Russia anxiously awaited an heir. Relatives ardently prayed...

Soviet Jewish Jokes: Anecdotes & Humour in the Soviet Union

Soviet Jewish anecdotes talked about emigration, nationality, economics and discrimination. Emigration humour was hugely popular and served to highlight both the poor standard of...

USSR, Communism and the End of an Era

How Soviet Russia, once a world superpower, fell and caused the end of the USSR. Communism was only part of the problem for the...

Russia’s Position in WWI

Russia’s position in WWI was difficult. Military support for Serbia meant all-out war, failure, and social revolution. Inaction meant criticism from Pan-Slavist parties. Russia’s entry...

Boris Berezovsky’s Rise to Power During the 1990s

When Russians refer to the "oligarchs" they are referring to a handful of big businessmen within their country. With the collapse of the Soviet...

Boris Godunov – Legend and Fact

Ivan the Terrible’s successor was an elected tsar who history has charged with the murder of Tsarevich Dmitry. Was Boris Godunov one of Russia’s best...

Joseph Nye – Peter the Great’s Master Shipbuilder

The creation of Peter the Great’s Baltic Fleet was achieved with the expertise of English shipbuilders, of whom Joseph Nye was amongst the most...