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Russia

Ivan The Terrible (And Why He Wasn't That Terrible)

April 22, 2021

The Czar Ivan the Terrible, 1590, (1903). Artist Hans Wengel. (Print Collector/Getty Images) As one of Russia's most notorious rulers, Ivan the Terrible has long bee...

Where Does Our American Fear Of Communism Come From?

March 5, 2021

Fresco at Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City showing Leon Trotsky, Friedrich Engels, and Karl Marx. (Éclusette/Wikimedia Commons) How did communism become the B...

Vladimir Lenin: Everything You Didn't Know About The Ru...

October 21, 2020

Becoming Vladimir LeninVladimir Ilyich Ulyanov was born to a middle-class, well-educated family in Simbirsk, Russia on April 22, 1870. His father, Ilya, was...

The Battle Of Berlin: What Happened And How Hitler Was ...

October 3, 2020

(Mil.ru/Wikimedia Commons) As brutal and gruesome as World War II was, the most vicious of the fighting was saved for its final days. In the Battle of Berlin,...

Stalingrad: 600 Luftwaffe Planes Bomb Civilians In WWII...

August 23, 2020

There are a myriad important battles littered throughout World War II, but Stalingrad stands above them as one of the most bloody and strategically important...

Potemkin Villages: The History Of Fake Buildings For Tr...

May 20, 2020

No. 41–46 Leinster Gardens. (David Anstiss/Wikimedia Commons) What do you see in the photo above? Just a beautiful upscale residential street, basking in the ...

Rasputin's Daughter Literally Ran Away And Joined The C...

January 24, 2020

Imagine this scenario: Your father is a high-profile mystic, purported to be impossible to kill. Your friends are empresses. Not what most people consider a ...

The Making Of A Mad Monk: How Rasputin Went From A Peas...

January 21, 2020

Grigorj Rasputin, Russia's Mad Monk and mystic. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images) Known as "the Mad Monk," Grigori Rasputin was a central figure in the downf...

Beer In Russia Wasn't Considered Alcohol Until 2011

January 1, 2020

We know you're hungover, barely alive, just hanging in there like a kitten on a motivational poster. That's why, today, we're bringing you a story about what is no doubt...

New Year's Trees: They're Like Christmas Trees But Russ...

December 26, 2019

Toys. Lights. Family and friends gathered around a stunningly decorated evergreen tree. This might sound like a familiar Christmas scene---after all, that's ...

The Short Lived Democratic Republic of Georgia

June 14, 2019

The Republic of Georgia, a small country roughly the size of West Virginia sandwiched between Russia and Turkey, is one of the new states that emerged after the dissolut...