Stalin's brutal campaign against the Bolshevik power elite, which took place during the so-called "Great Terror", reminds of the events in France during the time of Jacobin terror. But the differences are also huge. This column deals with "Great Terror" and its accompanying circumstances. Commemorative plaque with photos of victims of the Great Terror, who were shot at the NKVD shooting range in Butovo...

Several Belarusian newspapers have noted that August 9, 2017, is the 115th anniversary of the birth of Panteleimon Ponomarenko (1902-1984, a native of Krasnodar, Russia), the party leader of Belarus during the Stalinist repressions and war years. Ponomarenko has a mixed reputation but there seems to be a consensus that he was always not the hard-hearted stone-faced Stalinist of lore, but a man with the...

Stimson Centre published a book The Lure and Pitfalls of MIRVs: from the First to the Second Nuclear Age, which is the collection of essays edited by Michael Krepon1, Travis Wheeler2 and Shane Mason3. It attempts to compare the Cold War era’s nuclear strategies with the contemporary strategic trends – presenting various perspectives on Multiple Independent Re-entry Vehicles (MIRVs).  In...

In the early days of the current year, the ambassadors of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to Germany collectively wrote a petition asking German media to stop referring to the above-mentioned nations as “former Soviet countries”. The issue had been prompted by the Soviet Legacy column on the German news portal Die Zeit.   The Facebook page of Latvia`s embassy in...

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