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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


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.


We will bury you!

Nikita Khrushchev at the UN, 1960.


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

Novgorod in Soviet times

Novgorod after 1989

Chernobyl Disaster 1986

Kalmykia, Russia

Kalmyks are Buddhists from a Steppe horse culture!

Golden Temple, Kalmykia, Russia


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!

Putin convinces the cranes to follow his ultra-light

Leningrad Cowboys

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