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Mar 8, 1917: February Revolution Begins

In Russia, the February Revolution (known as such because of Russia’s use of the Julian calendar) begins when riots and strikes over the scarcity of food erupt in Petrograd. One week later, centuries of czarist rule in Russia ended with

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Mar 5, 1953: Joseph Stalin Dies

On this day, Joseph Stalin, leader of the Soviet Union since 1924, dies in Moscow. Like his right-wing counterpart, Hitler, who was born in Austria, Joseph Stalin was not a native of the country he ruled with an iron fist.

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Art Blooms in Russia Against Gray Political Backdrop

Source: VOA Russia’s authoritarian politics may be gray and conservative. But Russia modern art scene is colorful and eccentric.   A Lenin head is offered up on a dinner table. A pig-like policeman swills a bottle of vodka. And a

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Dec 30, 1922: USSR Established

In post-revolutionary Russia, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) is established, comprising a confederation of Russia, Belorussia, Ukraine, and the Transcaucasian Federation (divided in 1936 into the Georgian, Azerbaijan, and Armenian republics). Also known as the Soviet Union, the

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