Scripturient: Blog & Commentary: The Soviet Machiavelli

I’ve written a new piece for my Municipal Machiavelli blog about the late (1982) Mikhail Suslov, the “Soviet Machiavelli.” You can read it here: Suslov was the power behind the Soviet throne; in fact behind several thrones. From joining the Party in 1921, he rose to the top echelon. He was appointed National Party Secretary by ...

The Wandering Joe: Crimea and Misdemeanours

Bad puns aside, the recent intrigue in Crimea has been responsible for more nonsensical political blustering than any single international incident in the past decade. It has been a curious exercise to sit back and watch everyone work themselves up and deliver half-baked analyses based on laughably outdated assumptions. Please note that all of my ...

Art Threat: Happy holidays from Soviet Russia (and us!)

In the spirit of the holidays, we’d like to share with you this lovely collection of Soviet greeting cards. Enjoy! (There’s more where that come from if you check out this link.)

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Enabled Giving at Christmas or Hannukah

The last few days, I have been thinking about the privilege of giving.  This is a story that came to mind: I was just 22 years old when my husband Jim and I were posted to Moscow in 1978.  It was the Brezhnev era and we were nervous about living in a faraway foreign land. ...

LeDaro: Americans considered blowing up the Moon during the cold war to scare the Russian

The idea was to use a nuke to blow up the moon to scare the Russians. What did they think, that it was a small rock? Crazy!!