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On 2 August 1933, the "White Sea Canal" or "Belomorkanal" was officially opened. It is a vital link between St. Petersburg (Leningrad) and the White Sea, constructed mostly by penal labourers.... [Item of the Day]
A famine in Russia and Ukraine began in the summer of 1921 and was at its worst the following winter, with five million casualties. Aid from the West was initiated, and the communist parties also... [Item of the Day]
On September 14th 1967, the Dutch writer Karel van het Reve sent a picture postcard to the librarian of the IISH, showing the Solovetskii monastery, a detention camp under Stalin and even before... [Item of the Day]
Rumours about disturbances reached the American anarchist Alexander Berkman during his stay in Russia. These disturbances mark the beginning of the Kronstadt rebellion, which the Bolsheviks would... [Item of the Day]
Armoured cars and tanks surrounded the most important government buildings in Moscow on 19 August 1991. President Mikhail Gorbachev had been dismissed by Genadi Genayev, vice president of the Soviet... [Item of the Day]
On 8 February 1904 the Japanese attacked the Russian fleet in southern Manchuria, beginning the Russo-Japanese War.Many letters from Russian prisoners-of-war in Japan ended up in the archive of the... [Item of the Day]
The demonstration in Saint Petersburg on 22 January 1905 had been duly announced beforehand. Priest George Gapon, who tried to channel the protest of the workers, had given notice in a letter to Czar... [Item of the Day]
Artist Georges Rémi (Hergé) had not visited the Soviet-Union when he published the story of Tintin in the Soviet Union on 10 January 1929. He took the abuses and deceits his hero encounters mainly... [Item of the Day]
During the Russian parliamentary elections of 12 December 1993, Vladimir Zhirinovsky had an overwhelming success. His Liberal Democrat Party got nearly 25 percent of the vote. Zhirinovsky was liberal... [Item of the Day]