“The famine of 1932-33 stemmed from later decisions made by the Stalinist government, after it became clear that the 1929 plan had not gone as well as hoped for, causing a food crisis and hunger,” explains Stephen Norris, a professor of Russian history at Miami University in Ohio.... read more ›
While it is impossible to determine the precise number of victims of the Ukrainian genocide, most estimates by scholars range from roughly 3.5 million to 7 million (with some estimates going higher). The most detailed demographic studies estimate the death toll at 3.9 million.... view details ›
The famine resulted from the combined effects of economic disturbance because of the Russian Revolution and Russian Civil War, the government policy of war communism (especially prodrazvyorstka), exacerbated by rail systems that could not distribute food efficiently.... see more ›
The term Holodomor (death by hunger, in Ukrainian) refers to the starvation of millions of Ukrainians in 1932–33 as a result of Soviet policies. The Holodomor can be seen as the culmination of an assault by the Communist Party and Soviet state on the Ukrainian peasantry, who resisted Soviet policies.... see more ›
Food shortages were the result of declining agricultural production, which particularly plagued the Soviet Union. This chart reflects the widespread underproduction throughout the Soviet Republics. Only Ukraine, Belorussia, and Kazakhstan produced a surplus.... continue reading ›
Major contributing factors to the famine include the forced collectivization in the Soviet Union of agriculture as a part of the first five-year plan, forced grain procurement, combined with rapid industrialization, a decreasing agricultural workforce, and several severe droughts.... see details ›
The Ukrainian Bolsheviks, who had defeated the national government in Kyiv, established the Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic, which on 30 December 1922 became one of the founding republics of the Soviet Union.... see details ›
Causes of the famine
Collectivization led to a drop in production, the disorganization of the rural economy, and food shortages. It also sparked a series of peasant rebellions, including armed uprisings, in some parts of Ukraine. The result of Stalin's policies was the Great Famine (Holodomor) of 1932–33—a man-made...... read more ›
As the United States Congress passed resolution of recognition through the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives but the executive branch has not formally stated this, the United States does not officially recognize the Holodomor as genocide.... see more ›
The famine subsided only after the 1933 harvest had been completed. The traditional Ukrainian village had been essentially destroyed, and settlers from Russia were brought in to repopulate the devastated countryside.... see more ›
The Great Famine that ravaged Russia in 1921 and early 1922 was one of the worst human disasters of the 20th century. Triggered by natural causes but magnified by human policies and actions, this famine left millions of Russians malnourished, starving and at risk from epidemics sweeping the country.... see more ›
On nearly every street, there are lines of people waiting to buy something. Despite the warnings of the KGB, and despite the panic-induced hoarding, the lines remain patient. Within a few days, Mr.... read more ›
At the beginning of 1935, the rationing of bread was abolished, followed by the end of rationing of all foodstuffs in October 1935. Rationing officially came to an end on January 1, 1936 when rationing of all industrial goods was abolished.... view details ›
Shopping in the Soviet System
In major cities, department stores existed, but in smaller towns Soviet citizens went to separate places for different products like bread or milk. In global perspective, this isn't so strange. The supermarket was invented in America and only became common there in the 1940s.... continue reading ›
Development. During the 20th century, the world's first constitutionally communist state was in Russia at the end of 1917. In 1922, it joined other former territories of the empire to become the Soviet Union.... see details ›
In the 2021 Global Hunger Index, Russia ranks 25th out of the 116 countries with sufficient data to calculate 2021 GHI scores. With a score of 6.2, Russia has a level of hunger that is low.... see more ›
Joseph Stalin loved traditional Georgian cuisine.
Foods of choice: Stalin was fond of traditional Georgian cuisine, which features walnuts, garlic, plums, pomegranates, and wines.... see more ›
Ukrainians (Ukrainian: Українці, romanized: Ukraintsi, pronounced [ʊkrɐˈjinʲts⁽ʲ⁾i]), or the Ukrainian people, are an East Slavic ethnic group native to Ukraine. They are the seventh-largest nation in Europe and the second-largest among the East Slavs after the Russians.... see more ›
Plans for NATO membership were shelved by Ukraine following the 2010 presidential election in which Viktor Yanukovych, who preferred to keep the country non-aligned, was elected President. Amid the unrest, caused by the Euromaidan protests, Yanukovych fled Ukraine in February 2014.... continue reading ›
Soviet times (1920–1991)
Ukrainians and Bolsheviks fought over the city in the ensuing Civil War. In the Polish–Soviet War of 1919–20, Chernobyl was taken first by the Polish Army and then by the cavalry of the Red Army. From 1921 onwards, it was officially incorporated into the Ukrainian SSR.... view details ›
Ukrainian collaboration with Nazi Germany took place during the occupation of Poland and the Ukrainian SSR by Nazi Germany in World War II.... view details ›
In the process of collectivization, for example, 30,000 kulaks were killed directly, mostly shot on the spot. About 2 million were forcibly deported to the Far North and Siberia. They were called “enemies of the people,” as well as swine, dogs, cockroaches, scum, vermin, filth, garbage, half animals, apes.... continue reading ›
Ukrainian genocide may refer to: Holodomor, 1932–33 man-made famine in Soviet Ukraine. The Holocaust in Ukraine, aspect of the 1941–1944 genocide of European Jews by Nazi Germany. Deportation of the Crimean Tatars, 1944 ethnic cleansing and genocide in Soviet Union.... see details ›
Before the Russian Revolution of 1917, the kulaks were major figures in the peasant villages. They often lent money, provided mortgages, and played central roles in the villages' social and administrative affairs.... see more ›
Jones' third and last travel in Russia and Ukraine happens in the spring of 1933. Getting off the train that goes from Moscow to the USSR remote regions, Gareth escapes at an unscheduled stop covering his tracks for three days.... see more ›
In late July, CIA Director William Burns put the U.S. intelligence community's estimate “in the vicinity of 15,000 killed and maybe three times that wounded,” for a total of around 60,000 Russian casualties.... see more ›
In the process of collectivization, for example, 30,000 kulaks were killed directly, mostly shot on the spot. About 2 million were forcibly deported to the Far North and Siberia. They were called “enemies of the people,” as well as swine, dogs, cockroaches, scum, vermin, filth, garbage, half animals, apes.... view details ›
On July 4th, season 3 of Stranger Things hit Netflix and immediately smashed its ratings records with over 40 million households streaming the show. If we assume there are two people in every household (which I guess is way below the actually number), at least 80 million people watched the series. A
Don’t get me wrong, I am quite used to Russians being portrayed as villains in Hollywood, but for the first time I heard someone actually say the words “evil Russians”.. Russians are in fact so evil they watch their comrades burn to ashes without blinking an eye, beat up and drug children on a regular basis and kick women in the stomach.Every Russian character in the show is flat and one-sided.. The only kinda-good Russian guy in the series helps Americans close the gate to Upside Down and declares that he would like to get American citizenship right before getting shot by his Russian comrade for being a traitor.. I’ll give Stranger Things credit for one thing: hiring Russian actors to play Russian characters.. In Armageddon, a Russian astronaut repairs the spacecraft by banging a wrench on a piece of equipment and screaming “This is how we fix problems on Russian space stations!” Never mind that Russians were the first in the world to send a man into space.
Half a year of war in Ukraine: the Russians could capture Mariupol only by destroying it - New Eastern Europe - A bimonthly news magazine dedicated to Central and Eastern European affairs ›
Interview with Elizar Grankov, a doctor who was at a hospital in Mariupol. Interviewer: Zoriana Varenia.
I was certain during the last eight years that war would break out at some point, but I didn’t want to believe it.. What can you tell us about the hospital?. They were destroying everything around our hospital.. What were the Russian soldiers like?. They shot from tanks and fired Grads from the area of our hospital in the direction of the city.. And how did the hospital look like?. During the first days of war, we managed to buy quite a lot of food together with the other doctors.. We lived like a family with the other doctors not knowing if we could get from point A to point B in the hospital without getting killed.. What about the last days of the hospital before the Russians arrived?. At first, I was at the hospital.
The Battle of Stalingrad was a brutal military campaign between Russian forces and those of Nazi Germany and the Axis powers during World War II. The battle is
Prelude to the Battle of Stalingrad Battle of Stalingrad Begins ‘Not a Step Back!’ Russian Winter Sets In Battle of Stalingrad Ends Sources. The Battle of Stalingrad was a brutal military campaign between Russian forces and those of Nazi Germany and the Axis powers during World War II.. But the Battle of Stalingrad (one of Russia’s important industrial cities) ultimately turned the tide of World War II in favor of the Allied forces.. Russian forces were initially able to slow the German Wehrmacht’s advances during a series of brutal skirmishes just north of Stalingrad.. Although they again sustained significant losses, Russian forces were able to form what in essence was a defensive ring around the city by late November 1942, trapping the nearly 300,000 German and Axis troops in the 6th Army.. With the Russian blockade limiting access to supplies, German forces trapped in Stalingrad slowly starved.. Thanks to Russian gains in nearby fighting, including in Rostov-on-Don, 250 miles from Stalingrad, the Axis forces – mostly Germans and Italians – were stretched thin.. By February 1943, Russian troops had retaken Stalingrad and captured nearly 100,000 German soldiers, though pockets of resistance continued to fight in the city until early March.
Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast / GettyAs Russia’s invasion of Ukraine marches on, there is a dark undercurrent of waning public support—and it’s coming through even on tightly controlled state television. In the first days of the bloody war, the public was promised a quick victory due to the superiority of Russia’s military. Instead, the Kremlin’s offensive has been plagued by heavy losses and equipment deficiencies, to the point that state TV pundits publicly contemplate seeking aid and
During Thursday’s broadcast of the state TV show 60 Minutes , military expert Igor Korotchenko suggested that North Koreans could help rebuild destroyed Ukrainian regions and join Russia’s military ranks.. Conversations about legalizing the participation of foreign fighters alongside Russian forces have been a recurring topic in state media, and for good reason: everyday citizens are less than enthusiastic about the prospect of going to war or dying for Putin.. The host was likewise disappointed with the younger generation’s lackluster involvement in Putin’s war, complaining: “People who are planning to join [the military] are mainly of the same age as me, some are a bit younger… That is the generation that was raised on Soviet movies, Soviet literature and values.. Writer Zakhar Prilepin, who is wanted by Ukraine’s SBU security service on charges of “taking part in the activity of a terrorist organization” for his involvement in Russia’s war crimes in Ukraine, added: “We really need volunteers, we aren’t hiding that.. Prilepin openly worried that in the event of total mobilization, the younger generation would opt to escape to neighboring countries instead of joining the fight: “The government assumes that in Russia, there is always 1 million men ready to fight.. As for the rest of the country, we try not to worry them… We’ve been discussing difficult topics, which might lead to World War III and the same mobilization we’re trying to avoid right now… It’s difficult to talk about total mobilization, because I suspect that an excessive flood of people will suddenly pour into Armenia and Georgia.. How many are fighting in Donbas?” The state TV host proposed a massive government-funded propaganda campaign, glorifying the participants of Russia’s so-called “special operation” in film and on television, with songs and poetry.
Why did communism fail? Here are ten plausible reasons that led to the disbandment of the Soviet Union and the downfall of the communist doctrine in Europe.
Here are the ten plausible reasons that led to the disbandment of the Soviet Union and, subsequently, to the downfall of the communist doctrine in Europe.. By default, a communist country, such as the Soviet Union, valued utilitarianism above everything else.. This meant that every action performed within the state had to have a palpable ending.. Moreover, even the artistical drive was measured and controlled by a censorship committee, whose job was to determine if the work of an artist can actually serve the country or not.. With the industry taking off, the country needed food to support the ever-increasing mass of factory workers.. Naturally, the doctrine has been refuted by many farm owners who criticized the party views.. Unfortunately, Stalin and the communist regime eliminated all those who opposed forced collectivization.. The forced collectivization act and the lack of artistic freedom are just two examples of how communism chose to circumvent some of the fundamental human rights.. Certain forms of communism, like the one practiced in China , managed to survive this long because it was able to react to outside stimuli such as the global economy and social changes.. As a closed society, the Soviet Union focused more on production than actual innovation , an action that led to its early demise.. The economy dictates that the price of a product is formed when the offer meets demand.. In the end, the society envisioned by Marx, Engels, Lenin, Stalin and others is just a utopia , making communism the grandest and most dramatic social experiment ever performed by humankind.. Like any despotical regime, communism was founded on tyranny , which entails the use of terror and fear as tools to control the crowd.. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below!. All rights reserved.
The ‘Stay (I Missed You)’ artist reflects on pushing against a culture where female singer-songwriters were expected to fit a certain mold to make it big.
Lisa Loeb performing in the music video for her song, 'Stay,' on March 28, 1994.. Lisa Loeb performing in the music video for her song, 'Stay,' on March 28, 1994.. “Well, I have a rock band and an orchestra, and I had all different kinds of things.. Because female musicians back then, and still today, weren’t just regarded by their songs.. “So, I had a lot of experience as an artist and an independent artist.. “I wasn’t making music for the business of music,” she added.. That was always the thing about Loeb that made her a bit of an outlier among some of the other female stars of pop radio at the time.. “I’m like, ‘This is such a great song.’ I’m like, ‘Sounds like a song about the record company.’ I looked it up — it was about the record company.”. But Loeb, despite everything, is still here.. You don’t let people tell you no.