Soviet people http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/26894/all en Surgery scheduled to restore Bolshoi ballet director's eyesight http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130119/surgery-scheduled-restore-bolshoi-ballet-directors-eyesight <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Operation scheduled for Tuesday or Wednesday</p> <p>* Investigators questioned director, colleagues</p> <p>By Thomas Grove</p> <p>MOSCOW, Jan 19 (Reuters) - The artistic director of Russia's Bolshoi Ballet will undergo surgery next week to try to save his eyesight after an attacker threw acid in his face, the theatre's chief said on Saturday.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130119/surgery-scheduled-restore-bolshoi-ballet-directors-eyesight" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Civil awards and decorations Danseurs Politics Soviet people Thomson Reuters Sat, 19 Jan 2013 17:15:31 +0000 5736637 at http://www.globalpost.com Russian ex-dissident and prison rights activist Abramkin dies http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130126/russian-ex-dissident-and-prison-rights-activist-abramkin-dies <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>MOSCOW, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Valery Abramkin, a former Soviet dissident, nuclear scientist and rights activist who was held for years in the Siberian gulag and campaigned for prison reform in Vladimir Putin's Russia, has died, his colleagues said on Saturday.</p> <p>Abramkin, 66, head of the Moscow Center For Prison Reform and a member of the Moscow Helsinki rights group and Putin's Presidential Rights Council, died late on Friday after a long illness.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130126/russian-ex-dissident-and-prison-rights-activist-abramkin-dies" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Asia Soviet dissidents Soviet people Technology Thomson Reuters Sat, 26 Jan 2013 14:30:36 +0000 5739833 at http://www.globalpost.com Russian city getting back Stalin's name for war commemorations http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130131/russian-city-getting-back-stalins-name-war-commemorations <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>VOLGOGRAD, Russia, Jan 31 (Reuters) - The Russian city of Volgograd will bear Soviet dictator Josef Stalin's name again on Saturday when it marks the 70th anniversary of the epic battle that turned the tide in World War Two.</p> <p>Local lawmakers adopted a decision to use the name Hero City Stalingrad at events commemorating the 1942-1943 battle on Saturday and on four other days every year including May 9, when Russia marks the Allied victory over Nazi Germany.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130131/russian-city-getting-back-stalins-name-war-commemorations" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Heads of government of the Soviet Union Josef Stalin Politics Soviet people Soviet Union Technology Thomson Reuters Thu, 31 Jan 2013 17:31:20 +0000 5741963 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Stalingrad gets its name back - for a day http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130131/update-1-stalingrad-gets-its-name-back-day <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Nostalgia strong 70 years after Battle of Stalingrad</p> <p>* Name will be used during commemorations in Russian city</p> <p>* Putin expected to attend ceremonies in Volgograd</p> <p>By Timothy Heritage</p> <p>VOLGOGRAD, Russia, Jan 31 (Reuters) - Josef Stalin and the city of Stalingrad are making a comeback - if only for a short time.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130131/update-1-stalingrad-gets-its-name-back-day" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Entertainment Human Interest Josef Stalin Marshals of the Soviet Union Politics Soviet people Soviet Union War Thomson Reuters Thu, 31 Jan 2013 21:30:57 +0000 5742242 at http://www.globalpost.com Stalingrad victory offers Putin patriotic platform http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130201/stalingrad-victory-offers-putin-patriotic-platform <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Putin expected to attend battle anniversary events</p> <p>* Hopes to unite Russians around conservative values</p> <p>* Reviving Stalingrad name reflects Soviet nostalgia</p> <p>By Timothy Heritage</p> <p>VOLGOGRAD, Russia, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Stalingrad will be back on the map for a few hours on Saturday, and Josef Stalin's face will be splashed on buses, as Russia remembers the epic battle that turned the tide of World War Two.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130201/stalingrad-victory-offers-putin-patriotic-platform" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Human Interest Military personnel Politics Social Issues Soviet people Soviet Union Thomson Reuters Fri, 01 Feb 2013 15:16:32 +0000 5743134 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Stalingrad victory offers Putin patriotic platform http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130201/update-1-stalingrad-victory-offers-putin-patriotic-platform <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Putin expected to attend battle anniversary events</p> <p>* Hopes to unite Russians around conservative values</p> <p>* Reviving Stalingrad name reflects Soviet nostalgia (Adds quote from Putin, meeting with war veterans)</p> <p>By Timothy Heritage</p> <p>VOLGOGRAD, Russia, Feb 1 (Reuters) - Stalingrad will be back on the map for a few hours on Saturday, and Josef Stalin's face will be splashed on buses, as Russia remembers the epic battle that turned the tide of World War Two.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130201/update-1-stalingrad-victory-offers-putin-patriotic-platform" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Human Interest Politics Social Issues Soviet people Soviet Union World War II Thomson Reuters Fri, 01 Feb 2013 17:47:03 +0000 5743351 at http://www.globalpost.com Proud Russia remembers Stalingrad 70 years on http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130202/proud-russia-remembers-stalingrad-70-years <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The city of Volgograd was renamed Stalingrad for a day Saturday as Russia marked the 70-year anniversary of a brutal battle in which the Red Army defeated Nazi forces and changed the course of World War II.</p> <p>Commuter buses emblazoned with pictures of the feared Soviet dictator ran across the southern city as patriotic Russians remembered what many view as the Soviet people's greatest achievement.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130202/proud-russia-remembers-stalingrad-70-years" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Politics Social Issues Soviet people Soviet Union AFP Sat, 02 Feb 2013 07:30:32 +0000 5743866 at http://www.globalpost.com Proud Russia remembers Stalingrad 70 years on http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130202/proud-russia-remembers-stalingrad-70-years-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The city of Volgograd was renamed Stalingrad for a day Saturday as Russia marked the 70th anniversary of a brutal battle in which the Red Army defeated Nazi forces and changed the course of World War II.</p> <p>Commuter buses emblazoned with pictures of the feared Soviet dictator ran across the southern city as patriotic Russians remembered what many view as the Soviet people's greatest achievement.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130202/proud-russia-remembers-stalingrad-70-years-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Entertainment Politics Social Issues Soviet people Soviet Union AFP Sat, 02 Feb 2013 15:17:11 +0000 5743996 at http://www.globalpost.com Proud Russia remembers Stalingrad 70 years on http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130202/proud-russia-remembers-stalingrad-70-years-1 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The city of Volgograd was renamed Stalingrad for a day on Saturday as Russia marked the 70th anniversary of a brutal battle in which the Red Army defeated Nazi forces and changed the course of World War II.</p> <p>President Vladimir Putin called the battle "one of the greatest examples of world heroism" during a stirring address to Volgograd veterans that played up the nationalist themes of his third Kremlin term.</p> <p>"Stalingrad will forever remain the symbol of the unity and invincibility of our people," said Putin.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130202/proud-russia-remembers-stalingrad-70-years-1" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Entertainment Politics Social Issues Soviet people Soviet Union AFP Sat, 02 Feb 2013 16:00:53 +0000 5744036 at http://www.globalpost.com INTERVIEW-Putin trying to scare off protesters-jailed tycoon http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/interview-putin-trying-scare-protesters-jailed-tycoon <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Former oil tycoon in prison near Arctic circle</p> <p>* Likens Putin's rule to stagnation under Soviet era's Brezhnev</p> <p>* Protests reflect frustration at Putin's long rule</p> <p>By Gabriela Baczynska</p> <p>MOSCOW, Feb 6 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin is increasingly trying to intimidate ordinary Russians into abandoning protests against him to keep his grip on power, jailed former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky said.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/interview-putin-trying-scare-protesters-jailed-tycoon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Civil awards and decorations Mikhail Khodorkovsky Soviet people Soviet Union Thomson Reuters Wed, 06 Feb 2013 11:45:18 +0000 5747366 at http://www.globalpost.com Belarus 'loses' USSR dissolution agreement http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/belarus-loses-ussr-dissolution-agreement <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Belarus has lost the agreement signed on its territory by the heads of three USSR republics in 1991 to dissolve the Soviet Union, one of the signatories and the foreign ministry said Thursday.</p> <p>The Belevezha Accords, signed on December 8, 1991 at a luxury dacha in the Belovezhskaya Pushcha forest, set up the post-Soviet group the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and effectively dissolved the Soviet Union.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/belarus-loses-ussr-dissolution-agreement" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Europe Government Soviet people AFP Thu, 07 Feb 2013 18:31:00 +0000 5749236 at http://www.globalpost.com Russia jails colonel cleared of Chubais plot http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/russia-jails-colonel-cleared-chubais-plot <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A Moscow court handed down Friday a 13-year sentence for plotting to stage an armed revolt to a retired military intelligence colonel who had earlier been cleared of trying to kill Russia's liberal privatisation chief Anatoly Chubais.</p> <p>The city court convicted 64-year-old Vladimir Kvachkov of attempting to organise a militant nationalist party armed -- somewhat bizarrely -- with crossbows in the Volga River city of Togliatti.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130208/russia-jails-colonel-cleared-chubais-plot" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Business Government of the Soviet Union Hospitality Law Politics Politics of Russia Soviet people War AFP Fri, 08 Feb 2013 13:17:42 +0000 5750018 at http://www.globalpost.com Stalin fails to inspire horror in Russia 60 years after death http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130302/stalin-fails-inspire-horror-russia-60-years-after-death <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>No wall plaque honours the victims of Josef Stalin’s purges, who met their end in the execution cells of headquarters of the feared Soviet security services on Lubyanka Square in central Moscow.</p> <p>Instead the traffic races round a busy square and the building itself, known everywhere in Moscow as The Lubyanka, these days houses the Russian successor to the KGB, the FSB, as if the burden of history did not exist.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130302/stalin-fails-inspire-horror-russia-60-years-after-death" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Disaster Entertainment Government of the Soviet Union Josef Stalin Soviet people Soviet Union AFP Sun, 03 Mar 2013 02:45:26 +0000 5771925 at http://www.globalpost.com Berlin Wall's contested removal halted, for now http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130304/berlin-walls-contested-removal-halted-now-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A property developer in Germany at the centre of running protests over part of the once-detested Berlin Wall being knocked down said on Monday that the dismantling had been temporarily halted.</p> <p>While dozens of protestors again gathered at the Wall's longest surviving stretch, Maik Uwe Hinkel, the head of the company Living Bauhaus, said in a German newspaper that he was open to compromise.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130304/berlin-walls-contested-removal-halted-now-0" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Civil awards and decorations Inner German border Soviet people Technology AFP Mon, 04 Mar 2013 17:05:18 +0000 5772977 at http://www.globalpost.com AFP Features and Focus Advisory http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130304/afp-features-and-focus-advisory <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--> <p>We will shortly move the following features and focus pieces:</p> <p>+ Descendants of Stalin officials bear witness in theatre show</p> <p>+ Basketball girls back on 'Sharia Square' in Mali's Gao</p> <p>+ Mission to save jaguar exposes big cats' plight in Brazil</p> <p>+ Tough law sees acid conviction rate triple in Pakistan</p> <p>Russia-history-Stalin-theatre-USSR, FEATURE</p> <p>MOSCOW</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130304/afp-features-and-focus-advisory" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Mali Empire Politics Religious law Soviet people AFP Tue, 05 Mar 2013 03:30:39 +0000 5773473 at http://www.globalpost.com