In 1974 the International Olympic Committee awarded the Soviet Union with the great opportunity to host the Summer Olympic Games of 1980 to Moscow. Unfortunately for Moscow the Olympic Games in 1980 would go down in history because of the politics that would arise before any of the games had even been started. The United States would end up leading a boycott of these Olympic … Continue reading Boycott of the 1980 Olympic Games
On August 12, 1953 the Soviet Union successfully detonated their first hydrogen bomb at the Semipalatinsk test site in northern Kazakhstan. One important thing about the Hydrogen bomb they created was that it was the Soviet Unions own original design, unlike the atomic bomb they dropped whose design was stolen from the United States through espionage. Stalin placed the highest priority on the Soviets nuclear … Continue reading The H-Bomb!
September 8, 1941 was the day that would mark the beginning of a horrific two and a half years for the City of Leningrad(modern day St. Petersburg). General Ritter von Leeb who was the commander of Germany’s Army Group North had severed the city’s last main road and began bombarding targets, the harshest lethal siege in history began on this day. Hitler’s goal was to … Continue reading 900 Days of Starvation
The economic and political restructuring of Russia by the Bolshevik’s was their main first step in creating a socialist society. To create this socialist society they also needed to create a new person. One ultimate goal of the Bolshevik’s was to create a new person, or as the Bolshevik’s called it A New Soviet Man. The ideals of this new person were to be shaped … Continue reading The New Soviet Person
The New Economic Policy After the Bolsheviks victory in the Russian Civil War, one of the Bolsheviks main goals they wanted to achieve was to rebuild their shattered economy. The Russian civil war left their nation in pieces, the economy was in ruins and the citizens faced terrible economic hardships. Vladimir Lenin took note of this and knew that he needed to do something to … Continue reading Out With the Old in With the New
When I was reading about the Russian Revolution of 1905 one of the topics that I found really interesting was the march that was lead by Georgii Gapon on January 9th of 1905 which would end up being referred to as ‘Bloody Sunday’ in St. Petersburg. Georgii Gapon was a Russian Orthodox Priest and was known as Father Gapon. Father Gapon was the head of … Continue reading Bloody Sunday in St. Petersburg
This picture was taken in 1912 by the Russian photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii. The picture is of the Cathedral of the Nativity of Christ, which is located in the town of Suzdal in Vladimir Oblast, Russia. The history in Suzdal dates back to 1024, making Suzdal one of the oldest Russian towns. At one point in time Suzdal was functioning as the capital when … Continue reading Cathedral of the Nativity