Between them, Kazakhstan’s 18m people speak 117 languages but the country is opting for the Latin alphabet as it aims for wider global integration.
In the early 1950s, urban social life in the Soviet Union was constrained, with few opportunities for young people to meet and date. But that changed after Jawaharlal Nehru’s visit in 1955.
Avant-garde artists of the time were primarily concerned with projecting different kinds of future work spaces.
Red flags with the hammer and sickle fluttered in the hands of school children, and millions of people arrived from every corner of the vast USSR to celebrate the milestone anniversary.
The Soviet dream to “catch up and overtake,” was not about economic prosperity. They wanted to “catch up” on national power. That dream lives on.
Most Russians are simply indifferent to the 1917 revolution as a topic of interest and as a political event worthy of commemoration.
Antonio Gramsci, the Italian Marxist leader, welcomed the Russian revolution for straying from Marx’s blueprint for overthrowing the system.
The idea of individual liberty has barely had a look in among the various “solutions” we have been sold as freedom.
Soon after Sputnik’s launch, the military realised that spacecraft would be great for reconnaissance – spysats. These are now commonplace.
What’s in store for Russia in the long term, and is a peaceful transition possible when Vladimir Putin’s gig is up?
The Russian chapter in US feminism reminds us that women’s struggles to balance motherhood, domestic duties and meaningful work and their hopes for building a more just society, have a long and richly textured history.
Can the major landsliding of economies in the post-Soviet Union era be written off as transitional challenges, or is there something more to it?
Timothy Nunan’s Humanitarian Invasion: Global Development in Cold War Afghanistan is an insightful and lucid account of contemporary Afghanistan.
Moscow’s metro is adorned with mosaics, marble statues, and stained glass which showcases the story of the Soviet Union.
As Russian novelist Alexander Solzhenitsyn saw it, simple truths are always a threat to totalitarianism.
Popular recollections of better, gentler time are not unique to the post-socialist experience, but here they suggest the Soviet everyday is just as redeemable as Soviet heroism.
An adversary of EU expansion, Vladimir Putin is pleased to see Turkey’s chance of acquiring full EU membership rapidly diminish.
Military service was the norm for young Swedish men during the cold war but conscription was gradually watered down after the collapse of the Soviet Union.
No one likes a white supremacist, but is violence the answer?
Shinzo Abe and Vladimir Putin agreed to launch talks on joint economic activities on disputed islands at the centre of the territorial row as a step toward concluding a peace treaty formally ending World War Two.
Uzbekistan goes to the polls on Sunday to elect a successor to the late Islam Karimov, but the result is foregone.
Looking back on the life of the Cuban communist and revolutionary and the astonishing impact he had on not just Cuba or Latin America but the whole world.
At 94, a forgotten hero of India’s struggle for freedom returns to the scene of his most daring exploit in the anti-British Raj uprising that saw a parallel government established in Satara, Maharashtra, in 1943.
Lessons from the Soviet Union reveal how we can fret about climate change and celebrate Heathrow’s expansion at the same time.
The onslaught launched by Lt Governor Najeeb Jung on the AAP government is unprecedented.
The key to peace in the region is to tackle the roots of the tension, which is the dispute over Kashmir.
Putin’s 16-years-old United Russia party won 76% of the seats in parliament in a weekend election.
Problems with Turkey, Eastern Europe and Donald Trump could tear the rickety alliance apart at the seams.
Strongman who led his country through the post-Soviet transition and saw himself as an alternative to a future of perpetual jihad for Uzbeks and Central Asians.
The West is not the part of the world most threatened by ISIS. Countries in the Middle East will have to keep their own house in order – with less corruption, a better distribution of income and fair policing.
Citizen journalism and social media have changed the way international news is covered, but they are no substitute for the seasoned approach and well developed contacts of a skilled reporter.
The National Commission for Women, laying emphasis on the need for acknowledgment of marital rape has questioned the government’s silence on the issue.
Of the 17 people arrested by Turkish government, 11 are foreigners from Russia, Uzbekistan, Dagestan.
Viktor the Terrible, as he was named, was not an urbane, charming personality. He was a terrifying opponent and It was considered a rite of passage to get the rough end of his tongue.
Imperialism Past and Present challenges several existing notions about empires, colonists and imperialists, making it an interesting read.
Crimea does not have uniformly happy associations for Gorbachev whose Perestroika reforms ended the Cold War but ultimately brought the end of the Soviet Union in December 1991.
Improving relations with the US and Europe hold the promise of new revenue, but for now Cuba’s economy will suffer as the tide turns against allies.
In the past two election cycles, the CP increased its vote from about 12 to 20%, and could be set to make major gains this time around.
Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich (67) has been awarded the 2015 Nobel Prize for literature. Alexievich is known for writing the emotional history of the Soviet empire in the style of literary non-fiction since her early years as a journalist in Minsk, a city she had to leave in […]
No other weapon, doctrine or ideology has spawned so much self-righteous hypocrisy as the atomic bomb