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“The World at War” as Propaganda

Legendary documentary TV-series, released in 1973, have made a considerable contribution to visual history of WWII. Its exclusive footage, impressive scripts Read More

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Spymaster as a Lawmaker

Usually, they picture an intelligence officer as an adventurous protagonist of a cloak-and-dagger novel. Someone, who subverts hostile regimes, like Lawrence of Arabia. Besides, they would think technologically and their Read More

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The Improper Big Mac Once Again

The junk-food empire has been known for its questionable practices. This time, McDonald’s played an active part in the demolition of a historical building in Almaty, Kazakhstan. You know, Kazakh consumers have clamored Read More

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A Kazakh Defender of Moscow

A vast array of English sources on WWII contains surprisingly little information about Bauyrzhan Momyshuly (in Kazakh: Бауыржан Момышұлы, 1910-1982) – a Hero of the Soviet Union. This larger-than-life Read More

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True Last Words of Cosmonaut Komarov

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There is a horrible urban legend about the tragic death of a Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov. Investigative author James Bamford included an account about this incident in his groundbreaking Read More

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Kazakh Lindbergh Passed Away

To some extent, two-times Hero of the Soviet Union Talgat Bigeldinov (Талғат Бигелдинов, 1922-2014) can be rightfully compared to famous US aviator Charles Lindbergh (1902-1972). They both retired as colonels. Read More

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Einstein’s Cult of Personality in the Soviet Union


It is not good to be excessively fond of anyone, especially when you deal with such controversial person as a German-Swiss-American celebrity Albert Einstein. The relativity theory, which he reportedly discovered, perhaps, has another authors in reality. Some researchers claim that outstanding scientists – Henri Poincaré and Hendrik Lorentz – are true creators of this theory. Others argue that Einstein's wife Mileva Marić – a gifted physicist herself – laid the foundations of the relativity principles. Let alone those, who deny the truth of the theory ...

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