Soviet Union

Chinese President Xi Jinping applauds during the joint press conference of the China-Central Asia Summit in Xian, in China's northern Shaanxi province on May 19, 2023. (Photo by FLORENCE LO / POOL / AFP)

China slams US over reported ‘spy base’ in Cuba

China warned the United States Friday against "interfering in Cuba's internal afairs", in response to reports that Beijing was planning to set up a spy base on the island just of American
1 year ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin leaves Red Square after the Victory Day military parade in central Moscow on May 9, 2022. - Russia celebrates the 77th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany during World War II. (Photo by Kirill KUDRYAVTSEV / AFP)

The day of Russia or the day of the end of the Soviet Union?

On 12 June, in the conditions of the unprovoked full-scale war of Russia against Ukraine, during which Moscow has already lost 31,000 military servicemen, the Russians will be celebrating the ‘Day of
2 years ago
One of The Seven Sisters' buildings built by the Soviet Union. Photo: Lolade Nwanze

Impossible to call

The communist system of social and economic organisation collapsed in 1988/89. Theoretically, it was beautiful to behold on paper: to everyone, according to her need
3 years ago
Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks during a joint press conference with Turkish President following the talks at the Bocharov Ruchei residence in Sochi on September 17, 2018. The leaders of the two countries that are on opposite sides of the seven-year conflict in Syria, but key global allies, will discuss the situation in Idlib at Putin's residence in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Alexander Zemlianichenko

The road to Sochi 2019: Russia’s influence in Africa

Sochi, the Black Sea resort in the Russian Federation, has hosted many international events. Sochi 2019 refers to the first Russia-Africa Summit to be held on 23-24 October 2019 in that city.
5 years ago
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg addresses a press conference after a NATO-Russia council meeting at NATO headquarters in Brussels on January 25, 2019. (Photo by EMMANUEL DUNAND / AFP)

NATO says no progress in Russia talks on arms treaty

Senior NATO and Russian officials failed to make a breakthrough Friday in talks on saving the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces treaty, raising the spectre of a renewed arms race in Europe. Western capitals
5 years ago
A picture taken on February 27, 2017 shows historian Mikhail Melnichenko, 33, displaying pages from a Soviet-era diary during an AFP interview in Moscow. An enthusiastic group of young Russian historians and volunteers publishes hundreds of never-before-seen Stalin-era diaries on a website called Prozhito, or Lived Through. The site was launched in 2015 and can be searched using the day, author or a keyword. It already includes more than 600 never-published journals. Natalia KOLESNIKOVA / AFP

Between the lines: historians put Stalin-era diaries online

While Alexander Yakovlev's death was over half a century before her birth, Panova, 25, has gained a tiny window into his thoughts and life thanks to an aged diary that her family
7 years ago