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Fall of the USSR

The collapse of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in 1991 shocked the world. And now 25 years later, the demise of the USSR proved to have negative repercussions throughout the world.

teleSUR reflects on the legacy of the world's first communist state, the contributions it made to social struggles around the globe, and how it helped shape contemporary political thought.

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Life After the USSR

 

Poll: Most Russians Prefer Return of Soviet Union and Socialism

Over 50 percent of Russian citizens believe the collapse of the Soviet Union was bad and could have been avoided. READ MORE

Supporters of the Russian communist party attend a rally.

Life After the USSR: Buying the Dream, Living the Nightmare

Despite the neoliberal talking points about “freedom,” “democracy,” and “peace,” the reality of life in post-Soviet Eastern Europe is not at all what was promised. Instead Western-style capitalism (neoliberalism) has imposed on the people of Eastern Europe a new kind of hardship in the years since the Soviet Union collapsed. READ MORE

Black and Red

 
Viktor Koretsky

Adam Clayton Powell, Harlem’s longtime representative in Congress would later say: “No group has demonstrated a greater commitment to the Black Community than the Communist Party.” READ MORE

Soviet Socialist Art

 

Rear Window: Cinema of the Soviet Union

Ian Christie, Professor of Film and Media History, Birkbeck College, University of London, examines the use of political propaganda in early Russian films and the appropriation of these techniques in both modern documentary making and the cinema of Latin America.

Socialist Futurism

Through art, architecture and film, Soviets explored ambitious and grandiose visions for the future of the Soviet state. In this utopian new order, buildings rose majestically toward the sky, inequality was eradicated and not even outer planets were beyond reach. READ MORE

Soviet Posters Against Racism and War

In order to advance toward the goal of world revolution, agitational propaganda, or agitprop was deployed as a means of conveying Marxist theory to the workers and oppressed of the world. Entire departments and agencies produced posters, cinema, poetry, music and literature for this purpose, and life in the socialist state was permeated with the striking motifs of agitprop artwork. teleSUR takes a look at the iconic political posters of visionary Soviet artist and propagandist, Viktor B. Koretsky. READ MORE

Cosmonauts and Sputniks

 

Sputnik Marked the Beginning of Space Research

The Russians spearheaded the start of a new era characterized by the launch of satellites that revolutionized communications and other sectors. READ MORE

The Defeat of Nazism 

 

The Real Story Behind the Defeat of the Nazis

The Soviet Union resisted, fought back and eventually won the war, at a gigantic human and material cost with up to 27 million deaths. READ MORE

 
  • Hordes of people protest in favor of Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev in the Dvortsovaya Plaza in St Petersburg after the 1991 Soviet coup d

    Hordes of people protest in favor of Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev in the Dvortsovaya Plaza in St Petersburg after the 1991 Soviet coup d'état attempt. | Photo EFE

  • The audience of the 25th Congress of the Communist Party applaud a speech by General-Secretary Leonid Brezhnev, 1976.

    The audience of the 25th Congress of the Communist Party applaud a speech by General-Secretary Leonid Brezhnev, 1976. | Photo EFE

  • Cuban President Fidel Castro in Moscow 1981 for the "50th anniversary of the Soviet Union"

    Cuban President Fidel Castro in Moscow 1981 for the "50th anniversary of the Soviet Union" | Photo EFE

  • Communists in Moscow commemorate 57 years since the death of Soviet leader Josef Stalin.

    Communists in Moscow commemorate 57 years since the death of Soviet leader Josef Stalin. | Photo EFE

  •  U.S. President Ronald Reagan speaks with Secretary-General of the Communist Party Mikhail Gorbachev during nuclear non-proliferation talks in Switzerland, 1985.

    U.S. President Ronald Reagan speaks with Secretary-General of the Communist Party Mikhail Gorbachev during nuclear non-proliferation talks in Switzerland, 1985. | Photo EFE

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