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Rasputin – Part I of II

ov Everyone has heard of Rasputin.  Well perhaps not if you are a recent product of the American public school system.  Rasputin has been dead now about a century and six months or so.  Not exactly  ancient history.   He … Continue reading

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It’s the 4th of July! Yaay! What’s With the 1812 Overture?

. So Fourth of July is here and we all will be hearing both the Capitol Fourth celebration and the Boston Pops play the final themes of the 1812 Overture on national television just prior to the fireworks. Why the … Continue reading

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Kronstadt and the End of the Revolution

A Re-Post from March 2015 It was the first weeks of March, 1921 in the new Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics. Kronstadt was and still is a naval fortress on an island in the Gulf of Finland. It served … Continue reading

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Victory Day – May 9, 1945

The great war memorial to Mother Russia at Stalingrad (now Volgograd) under which 70,000 soldiers are buried Wait for me, and I’ll come back! Wait with all you’ve got! Wait, when dreary yellow rains Tell you, you should not. Wait when … Continue reading

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The Destruction of the Aral Sea

Once upon a time when I was a young man in 1960 there was a lake – one of the four largest bodies of fresh water on earth. It was so large it was called a “sea” – the Aral … Continue reading

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Lenin’s Wife

Everyone knows of Lenin.  His body is still on display in the great Kremlin square, once known as Red Square, for those with a bit of ghoulishness in their souls to see.  His name and statues have been taken down … Continue reading

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Enjoy Those Veteran’s Day Sales!

A re-post from last Veteran’s Day Veterans Day will soon be upon us. When I was a kid it was still called Armistice Day. It was changed in 1954 to Veterans Day. The original holiday memorialized the signing of the armistice which ended World War I.  … Continue reading

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