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Russia & The Former Soviet Union. St. Basil’s, Russian Orthodox Church, built in 1555 by Ivan the Terrible. Ivan, The Terrible, born 1533. Cossack & Tatar. The Siberian High. People per. Catherine II, The Great, 1782.

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Russia & The Former Soviet Union


St. Basil’s, Russian Orthodox Church, built in 1555 by Ivan the Terrible


Ivan, The Terrible,born 1533


Cossack & Tatar


The Siberian High


People per


Catherine II, The Great, 1782


“We’ll give above the plan!”(we’ll cut more trees than the plan calls for.)


Peter, the Great, 1838


Nicholas II, 1898the last TsarInaugurated the Trans-Siberian RR, longest in the world.


Defeat by the Japanese, 1905


Karl Marx 1818-1883German philosopher & economist, author of The Communist Manifesto andDas Kapital


Vladimir Lenin, 1870-1924


Lenin & Stalin


Russification


Stalin & Mao, genocidal pals turned bitter foes


After Stalin’s death in 1953, the Russians made new overtures to the Chinese, but the Sino-Soviet split soon occurred as Mao perceived Khrushchev to be an appeaser to the West.


Fake?

We will bury you!

Nikita Khrushchev at the UN, 1960.

Real?


Ruined Petro-Landscape, Azerbaijian


Siberian Gas Works


Mikhail Gorbachev

Glasnost openness

Perestroika restructuring


“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” R. Reagan, 1989


Russian girls on a bus, Moscow, 1990sNational Geographic


Russian mail order brides

http://www.anastasiadate.com/?gclid=ck-l4-qjz7icfqkcnqod_waawq


Novgorod in Soviet times


Novgorod after 1989


Chernobyl Disaster 1986


Kalmykia, Russia

Kalmyks are Buddhists from a Steppe horse culture!


Golden Temple, Kalmykia, Russia


Irredentism:

Azerbaijan & Armenia


Kudzu at Batumi, Georgia, on the Black Sea


The 2008 South Ossetia war was fought in August 2008 between Georgia on one side and South Ossetia, Abkhazia and Russia on the other, resulting in a major Ossetian, Abkhaz, and Russian victory and the expulsion of Georgian military from both disputed territories.


South Ossetia, Tshinval, Freedom Square


Gori, Georgia, Fort


IosifVissarionovich Dzhugashvili, aka Joe Stalin, man of steel, 1878-1953


Gori, Georgia, Stalin’s birthplace


Tbilisi, Georgia’s Capital City: DOT


Tbilisi, Georgia, Buffalo Bills?


Amu Darya Irrigation


Putin leads the cranes!

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/sep/06/putin-hang-glider-endangered-cranes


Putin convinces the cranes to follow his ultra-light

http://www.colbertnation.com/the-colbert-report-videos/419299/september-20-2012/vladimir-putin-s-crane-flight


Leningrad Cowboys


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