Soviet Union

Media Freedom and Plurality Is Struggling in Central and Eastern Europe

Juan Garcia | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK
Juan Garcia

Over a quarter of a century since the collapse of the Soviet Union, the scars of Central & Eastern Europe's post-communist legacy are still clear to see.

What Children's Dreams Can Tell Us About Our Societies

Larisa Sotieva | Posted 30.09.2015 | UK
Larisa Sotieva

I love talking to children. They are so unaffected and they can tell you so much more about a society, and in a much more nuanced way, than famous politicians, experts, journalists, and the like. They are even better than taxi drivers who tend to provide such a deconstruction of the social and political life of their country that sometimes I want to say to them - please, take me back to the airport!

Celebrating the Great Patriotic Struggle... To Create Twerk Videos

Neil Durkin | Posted 27.06.2015 | UK
Neil Durkin

Like Pussy Riot, the Novorossiysk "twerk three" were charged with "hooliganism". But for what? Prosecutors apparently argued their twerk video was disrespectful to the memory of those who fought in the Second World War because it was filmed in front of the local war memorial... Like the Pussy Riot church video maybe not to everyone's taste, but a jailable offence?

The CIA Just Tweeted In Russian

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 15.01.2015 | UK Tech

The CIA caused a bit of a stir earlier after tweeting in Russian. The translation revealed it to be a quote by the influential Russian author Boris Pa...

This Is What Thatcher Nearly Did To Your House

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Jack Sommers | Posted 29.12.2014 | UK Politics

Margaret Thatcher's government mulled equipping British homes with chemical weapons shelters while fearing the Russians could kills tens of thousands ...

Recruit Psychopaths To 'Keep Order' After A Nuclear Strike

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 31.10.2014 | UK

The British government looked at a proposal to recruit psychopaths to help keep order in the event of a devastating nuclear attack, recently released ...

Buy A Space Suit For Your Dog

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 02.09.2014 | UK Tech

With Christmas now looming in the distance maybe it's about time you treated your favourite canine to something a little different? Forgo the pleat...

Russia's Unfinished Business

Paul Newman | Posted 16.09.2014 | UK Politics
Paul Newman

"From time immemorial, Russia has been a colourfully exotic, and to some extent unknown, country to the world at large. This unknown quantity - repres...

Russia Thought The Cambridge Five Spies Were Drunken Liabilities

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK

The Cambridge Five spy ring were constantly drunk, according to their Russian handlers, and regarded as incapable of keeping secrets. Donald Duart ...

UFO Scare Is Actually Secret CIA Spy Plane

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 07.07.2014 | UK Tech

During the '50s Norway was plagued with a spate of inexplicable UFO sightings that left civilians and the wider UFO community baffled. Well the mys...

The Immiseration of Yarmouk

Neil Durkin | Posted 17.08.2014 | UK
Neil Durkin

This photograph of people in the besieged area of Yarmouk [photo from recent update] waiting to get some food at an outdoor soup kitchen is yet another reminder of what it's come to in Syria. Gruelling blockades, endless indiscriminate bombardment, destitution, pain, hunger.

Finding a Cure for the Cancer of Torture

Neil Durkin | Posted 14.07.2014 | UK
Neil Durkin

Didn't it basically die out along with smallpox, the plague, witch trials and a belief that the world was flat and inhabited by angels, devils and other supernatural creatures? Wasn't torture more or less gotten rid of after the Second World War or the end of the Cold War? Strangely, no, it wasn't.

This Easter Don't Play the Monopoly of Persecution Game

Neil Durkin | Posted 18.06.2014 | UK
Neil Durkin

There's no monopoly on victimhood and no fixed pattern to religious discrimination and violence. Despite what David Cameron says, Christians aren't unique in being persecuted, and nor are they always unblemished when it comes to dishing out the persecution.

'Non-Interventionist' Russia Will Pay Dearly for the Crimea

Isabelle Younane | Posted 06.05.2014 | UK Politics
Isabelle Younane

Putin may win permanent control over the Crimea, but at the cost of abandoning his hard-earned cover of non-interventionism that has coloured Russia's image in the international community, revealing an attitude of pure self-interest that cannot be reconciled with UN values of international peace and cooperation.

Jihad, Then and Now - Bin Laden's Comrade in Arms Warns Foreign Fighters to Stay Out of Syria

Tam Hussein | Posted 11.04.2014 | UK Politics
Tam Hussein

As the situation in Syria grows worse and simultaneously more complicated day by day, the fears of observers of the conflict have become more focused on the foreign jihadists who have travelled to the war-torn country to take part in the fighting...

A Letter From Sochi

Robin Lustig | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Robin Lustig

Make no mistake: the Sochi Games are Project Putin. The president is a keen skier and he has long been a fan of the Sochi slopes. He has invested a huge amount of personal prestige in these Games, which is why everyone expects that they'll be a huge success. If they fail, Mr Putin fails. And the Russian president doesn't do failure.

Understanding Culinary Disasters - And Miracles

Dalibor Rohac | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Dalibor Rohac

Why is food in some countries so much better than in others? In a classic essay, Paul Krugman hypothesized that British food turned bad as a result of the rapid urbanization accompanied with 19th-century technological improvements in the preservation of food.

Queen's Speech On Brink Of 'WW3'

PA | Posted 01.08.2013 | UK

They might have been the final words ever addressed by Queen Elizabeth II to her nation. With Britain on the brink of annihilation at the hands of ...

Buran: The Forgotten Soviet Space Shuttle

Libby Plummer | Posted 28.09.2013 | UK Tech
Libby Plummer

It's been just over two years since Nasa mothballed the Space Shuttle, but did you know that the Soviet Union built an almost identical shuttle known as Buran? It was primarily for defence purposes in response to the perceived military threat posed by the United States' shuttle programme.

Former Soviet Leader Admitted To Hospital

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 11.06.2013 | UK

Mikhail Gorbachev, the former president of the Soviet Union, has been admitted to hospital, according to a family spokesperson. Speaking to The Assoc...

The Soviet Union's Internet Domain Still Exists, Is 'Haven' For Criminals

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 03.08.2013 | UK Tech

An old corner of the internet once controlled by the Soviet Union has become a "haven" for hackers, security experts have said. According to the As...

That Mr Men Speech and Why Mr Gove Is Not Mr Right

Hilary Robinson | Posted 13.07.2013 | UK Universities & Education
Hilary Robinson

Having gone to a comprehensive school in an area of considerable social depravation I can speak for talented teachers who were specially selected for their ability to maintain control and to enthuse their students with imaginative and inspired ideas.

Behind The Iron Curtain: Rare Photographic Artworks From The Former Soviet Union (PICTURES)

Huffington Post UK | Sara C Nelson | Posted 14.05.2013 | UK

Two baby faced marines pose with a teddy bear, while a shorts-clad chimpanzee holds a camera in front of the Kremlin. They make up a collection of...

Armless Artist 'Denied Entry To UK Because Fingerprints 'Of Poor Quality'

Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.05.2013 | UK

An artist and anti-nuclear campaigner who was born without arms has claimed he was refused entry to the UK because he was unable to give fingerprints....

Thatcher: The Most Divisive British Leader of All Time

Mark Hillary | Posted 09.06.2013 | UK Politics
Mark Hillary

Thatcher still manages to divide opinion in a way that no other British leader has achieved. Even Tony Blair's false wars don't create the same kind of hatred.