From the Archive: “A small piece of brown colored mass” Part 3/3

See part one and two of “A small piece of brown colored mass”.  Presidential Archive of the Russian Federation, f. 3, op. 3, d. 65, l. 32. Copy Captain 1st Department of the Scientific Research Chemical Institute of the RKKA 17 October 1935 It was revealed upon examination of the envelope: A trace of the […]

Last Chance Saloon for Russia at Luzhniki

Russian sports is glaringly absent from this blog. Though I’m a big fan of sports my interest is solely on American professional sports, specifically basketball and baseball. I’ve been tempted to comment on a few Russian sports related stories, especially Andrei Kirilenko’s threats to dump the NBA and his lucrative $63 million contract with the […]

Peace Blankets and a Chocolate Stalin

“Putin is stability!”, “Putin is peace in Chechnya!”, “Putin is the Olympics!”, “Putin is an eagle!”, and “Putin, we are with you!” These are some of the slogans 10,000 Nashi activists from over 20 regions shouted as they paraded down Moscow’s Taras Shevchenko Embankment on Sunday to celebrate Putin’s 55th birthday. The procession ended at […]

From the Archive: “A small piece of brown colored mass” Part 2/3

Part one of “A small piece of brown colored mass” can be read here.  Presidential Archive of the Russian Federation, f. 3, op. 3, d. 65, l. 29-31. To the People’s Commissariat of Internal Affairs SSR Cde. Yagoda. Report On 16 October a letter from another town addressed “Kremlin to Cde. Stalin” was received by […]