The last wish is a meeting with Gorbachev: how an American teenager with cancer visited the USSR

In 1986, an American teenager, Jeff Henigson, was diagnosed with brain cancer. Doctors predicted that he had two years to live. When a charitable organization volunteered to fulfill his cherished wish, he asked for a trip to Moscow to discuss with Mikhail Gorbachev the world without ...

Khrushchev's 84-year-old son dies in the United States: widow testimony disagrees with police version

The son of the first secretary of the CPSU, Nikita Khrushchev, died of a gunshot wound to the head, said on Monday, June 22, the coroner service of Rhode Island. What is known about the death of Sergey Khrushchev? Tells the Air Force. Sergey Khrushchev died on June 18 at his home in the city ...

Who defeated the Nazis: the United States and Russia argued about the role of the USSR in World War II

On the eve of the 75th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany, Russia and the United States again argued about the role of the USSR in World War II and its outcome. The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) angrily responded to a White House tweet that mentioned ...

An American in the USSR kept a diary about the country, and the KGB wrote down his every step: now the texts can be compared

Teddy Row's notes are a unique historical document that allows you to see the Soviet Union through the eyes of an American. These are hundreds of pages of typewritten text that has never been published before, writes Present. In April 1968, an American tourist Teddy Row flew to Moscow from Washington ...

14 years and $ 50 million: how the first McDonald's was discovered in the Soviet Union

On January 31, 1990, the first McDonald's in the Soviet Union opened in Moscow. The history of its discovery and the difficulties that the owners had to overcome is described in the video of the publication “Present Time”. A franchise in the USSR in 1990 was brought by Canadians, and not ...

Declassified data: how Soviet spies worked in different countries of the world

The director of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), Sergei Naryshkin, named the names of seven scouts who for many years supplied secret data to Moscow, posing as indigenous people in Europe, America and Asia. The official biographies of these people are extremely scarce. BBC managed to collect ...

Recipes for extending power: how presidents changed the Constitution in the countries of the former USSR

Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed to submit to a referendum amendments to the Constitution. Changing the basic law is a popular initiative among post-Soviet leaders who are about to expire. Writes about this BBC. Russia is no exception: in 2008, the presidential term was increased to six ...

9 Soviet delicacies that foreigners have never tried

To remember and a little nostalgia, the publication "Lemurs.net" has created a selection of the most delicious goodies from childhood. Incidentally, this applies not only to foreigners, but also to compatriots who simply did not find real Soviet delicacies. Cockerels on a stick Yes, someone will say that this is the most ...

'A billion-dollar spy': former KGB major dies in Virginia

In the city of Vienne, Virginia, at the age of 73, the former KGB major Viktor Sheimov died, who fled the USSR with the help of the CIA in 1980, News.ru writes. According to Olga Sheimova, her husband died on October 18 from complications due to ...

How to copy: how the Soviet auto industry duplicated Western cars

While the Soviet Union was catching up and surpassing America in heavy industry and rocketry, there was one industry in which the USSR lagged noticeably - the automotive industry. And in order to keep up with too much, the USSR often "copied" the models of its capitalist rivals, writes "Present Time". The Seagull was ...

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