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Putin offers support and comfort in Samarkand

Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Uzbekistan for his first visit since the death of longtime President Islam Karimov.

Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Uzbekistan for his first visit since the death of longtime President Islam Karimov.

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Twenty five years ago the USSR collapsed

It’s 1991 and President Mikhail Gorbachev has brought in Perestroika, a set of reforms to the Soviet system but he’s still trying to keep Communism alive.

It’s 1991 and President Mikhail Gorbachev has brought in Perestroika, a set of reforms to the Soviet system but he’s still trying to keep Communism alive.

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US Cold War nuclear target list released

Document shows how US Air Force proposed to drop atomic weapons on densly populated areas and target civilians in big cities.

Document shows how US Air Force proposed to drop atomic weapons on densly populated areas and target civilians in big cities.

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Finnish movie 'The Fencer' tells tale of 1950s Estonia

Set in Estonia in the 1950s, ‘The Fencer’ is the Finnish contender for an Oscar nomination in the Foreign Film category and it has already received a

Set in Estonia in the 1950s, ‘The Fencer’ is the Finnish contender for an Oscar nomination in the Foreign Film category and it has already received a

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Five facts to know about European defence spending

NATO has just released extremely-detailed figures on its members’ spending on defence. To save you getting drowned in the depth of the data, we’ve

NATO has just released extremely-detailed figures on its members’ spending on defence. To save you getting drowned in the depth of the data, we’ve

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Cold War sports: how Moscow and the West played for supremacy

The news that Russia could lose the 2018 World Cup if there is evidence Moscow has paid bribes to obtain the award threatens to strain further the

The news that Russia could lose the 2018 World Cup if there is evidence Moscow has paid bribes to obtain the award threatens to strain further the

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Castro's Cold War crocs

Ten crocodiles with a rich heritage dating back to the Cold War return to Cuba. Their parents were Castro and Hilly presented by Fidel Castro to the

Ten crocodiles with a rich heritage dating back to the Cold War return to Cuba. Their parents were Castro and Hilly presented by Fidel Castro to the

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How World War II shaped modern Russia

As part of our series of articles on how World War II changed forever the countries that fought it, Natalia Marshalkovich looks at the Soviet Union

As part of our series of articles on how World War II changed forever the countries that fought it, Natalia Marshalkovich looks at the Soviet Union

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Lithuania marks 25th anniversary of Soviet pullout

A march to mark 25 years of independence: Lithuanians turned out for commemorations of the Soviet exit amid warnings their freedom could once again

A march to mark 25 years of independence: Lithuanians turned out for commemorations of the Soviet exit amid warnings their freedom could once again

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Pope Francis in Berlin homage: 'We need bridges, not walls!'

The pope has praised one of his predecessors, John Paul II, for his role in the fall of the Berlin Wall – and appealed for the construction of

The pope has praised one of his predecessors, John Paul II, for his role in the fall of the Berlin Wall – and appealed for the construction of

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Poroshenko delivers an Independence Day warning to Ukraine

Beneath the new memorial to the 100 civilians who died during the Maidan protests in Kyiv, President Petro Poroshenko led the Independence day

Beneath the new memorial to the 100 civilians who died during the Maidan protests in Kyiv, President Petro Poroshenko led the Independence day

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Poland: Warsaw Uprising remembered 70 years on

Poland has been marking the 70th anniversary of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising. It began on August 1 as

Poland has been marking the 70th anniversary of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising. It began on August 1 as

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Gorbachev praises 'many talents' of Georgia's Shevardnadze

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has hailed Eduard Shevardnadze’s “great contribution to perestroika policies”. Shevardnadze, who has died

Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev has hailed Eduard Shevardnadze’s “great contribution to perestroika policies”. Shevardnadze, who has died

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Former Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze dies at 86

Former Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze has died at the age of 86. Shevardnadze straddled the world stage as Soviet President Mikhail

Former Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze has died at the age of 86. Shevardnadze straddled the world stage as Soviet President Mikhail

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Ukraine PM Yatsenyuk says Putin wants to rebuild USSR

The Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk says his country will never recognise Russia’s annexation of Crimea – and warns that he believes

The Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk says his country will never recognise Russia’s annexation of Crimea – and warns that he believes

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Soviet-era dissident Natalya Gorbanevskaya dies

Soviet-era dissident Natalya Gorbanevskaya has died in Paris at the age of 77. The poet and translator was best remembered for her protest in

Soviet-era dissident Natalya Gorbanevskaya has died in Paris at the age of 77. The poet and translator was best remembered for her protest in

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The Battle of Kiev is re-enacted 2013 style

In a field on the outskirts of Kiev, the World War II battle for the city has once again been fought between Soviet troops and the German army

In a field on the outskirts of Kiev, the World War II battle for the city has once again been fought between Soviet troops and the German army

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Ukraine fondly recalls Thatcher's visit

Margaret Thatcher visited Kiev in 1990 when Ukraine was still part of the Soviet Union. Many experts and politicians in Eastern Europe, believe it

Margaret Thatcher visited Kiev in 1990 when Ukraine was still part of the Soviet Union. Many experts and politicians in Eastern Europe, believe it

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Gaming Soviet-style

Before the Internet, DVDs and smartphones, there were arcade games – popular with kids in many parts of the world, including the former USSR. In

Before the Internet, DVDs and smartphones, there were arcade games – popular with kids in many parts of the world, including the former USSR. In

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Vandals deface Yeltsin monument

Vandals defaced a monument of Russia’s first post- Soviet president Boris Yeltsin on Friday. They poured blue paint over the memorial in Yeltsin’s

Vandals defaced a monument of Russia’s first post- Soviet president Boris Yeltsin on Friday. They poured blue paint over the memorial in Yeltsin’s

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Russia buries spy with full honours

The most prominent mourner at the funeral of the late Soviet master-spy Gevork Vartanyan was a former spy himself, if that is he has ever given up

The most prominent mourner at the funeral of the late Soviet master-spy Gevork Vartanyan was a former spy himself, if that is he has ever given up

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20 years after the USSR

The fall of the Soviet Union resulted in huge changes – in all aspects of life. Education changed, and the education systems in the former Soviet

The fall of the Soviet Union resulted in huge changes – in all aspects of life. Education changed, and the education systems in the former Soviet

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Back in the Day: Sputnik, the first satellite to orbit the Earth

On October 4, 1957, Sputnik 1 was the first artificial satellite to be put into Earth’s orbit. It was launched into an elliptical low Earth orbit by

On October 4, 1957, Sputnik 1 was the first artificial satellite to be put into Earth’s orbit. It was launched into an elliptical low Earth orbit by