Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov meets with his South African counterpart Naledi Pandor, in Pretoria. Russia provided valuable support for the ANC during its struggle against apartheid.
The relationship between Pretoria and Moscow was forged in the apartheid era with the then Soviet Union giving support to banned ANC fighters.
Right-wing Israeli politician Itamar Ben-Gvir has a long history of anti-Palestinian efforts.
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A claim about how persecuted Jews were freed from the Soviet Union decades ago relates to how Palestinians might be treated today.
Who is the ‘big brother’ now?
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Different translations show the nuances in the relationship between China and Russia over nearly a century.
The death of the last leader of the Soviet Union brought tributes, largely from the west. But his real legacy has been misunderstood.
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The on-again, off-again war between Armenia and Azerbaijan has been raging for 30 years and has been tilting back and forth. Armenia accused Azerbaijan a few days ago of opening fire on its positions on the border when EU experts went to the area to try to find peace.
Soviet leader Nikita Krushchev, left, met with U.S. President John F. Kennedy in Vienna in 1961.
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The US and the Soviet Union never engaged in direct combat, but their influences were felt worldwide, including in armed conflicts involving other nations.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, left, stands near a damaged residential building in Irpin, Ukraine, on Sept. 8, 2022.
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Giving Ukraine large amounts of money while not actually declaring war on Russia has various benefits for the US and other countries. Chiefly, it could protect US soldiers and civilians.
Memorial board members Yan Rachinsky and Oleg Orlov speaking to journalists in Moscow.
Memorial embodies resistance to the radical evil of modern totalitarianism.
United nations or a return to new Cold War?
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The Cold War provided the US with strategic and defensive advantages; some politicians also used it to push their view of what it meant to be American.
Russian President Vladimir Putin greets Alla Pugacheva during a 2014 awards ceremony honoring the pop singer with the Order For Merit to the Fatherland.
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In opinion polls over the past two decades, she’s routinely selected as one of the most popular Russians – often appearing second only to Vladimir Putin.
Team Canada’s Paul Henderson shoots on Team U.S.S.R.‘s Vladislav Tretiak while Gannady Tsygankov defends during the 1972 Summit tournament in Toronto on Sept. 4, 1972.
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Fifty years later, the Summit Series still occupies a heightened role in the Canadian cultural consciousness.
Ukrainian advances have retaken some territory from Russia, but much is still under foreign control.
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Russian actions in occupied Ukraine are following a plan modeled on how the Soviet Union dismantled Nazi influence in Germany after World War II – including arrests and revised school lessons.
These ‘islands’ are on the move.
The new discovery echoes a mission in 1931, when a five-day zeppelin flight sent robots to the stratosphere and redrew the maps of the high Arctic.
Vladimir Putin appears larger than life on screen as he addresses an audience at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on the eighth anniversary of the annexation of Crimea in March 2022.
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There’s no question the Russian population is subject to a Russian media largely loyal to the Kremlin. But that doesn’t mean Vladimir Putin lacks genuine supporters.
Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.
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The global realignment triggered by the end of the Cold War and Gorbachev’s reforms ushered in a period of transition on the African continent.
Gorbachev failed in his two main aims: to hold togteher a reformed Soviet Union and cement its place in a new world order.
Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev addresses a group of 150 business executives in San Francisco in June 1990.
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While Mikhail Gorbachev was feted in the West — he received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1990 — he was widely despised in Russia by those both mourning and celebrating the end of Soviet power.
Mikhail Gorbachev at his news conference following a summit with US President Ronald Reagan in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1986.
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External changes, including the end of the Cold War, helped lead to the ending of apartheid. Gorbachev played a major role in that process.
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Former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev played a significant role in bringing down the wall between eastern and western Europe.
Liberator, failed reformer or architect of Soviet demise?
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Mikhail Gorbachev died at 91 on Aug. 30, 2022. A historian of the Soviet era assesses his impact and the consequences of his failed attempts to reform state socialism.