Reconceptualizing Lithuania’s Importance for U.S. Foreign Policy – Foreign Policy Research Institute

This report is part of FPRI’s collaboration with Eastern Europe Studies Centre in Vilnius, Lithuania and can also be viewed here
— Read on www.fpri.org/article/2021/07/reconceptualizing-lithuanias-importance-for-u-s-foreign-policy/

Biden Meets Exiled Belarusian Opposition Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya – Bloomberg

President Joe Biden met the exiled opposition leader of Belarus, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, at the White House Wednesday as the post-Soviet nation is swept by a new round of crackdowns against the opposition, media and civil society.
— Read on www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2021-07-28/biden-meets-exiled-belarusian-opposition-leader-to-show-support

Stars and Stripes – Monuments and military hardware gain unexpected second lives

Across Europe, monuments, military infrastructure and cold war relics have been given a second life, often with interesting consequences.
— Read on www.stripes.com/living/europe_travel/travel_blog/2021-07-27/karen-bradbury-europe-traveler-blog-2161151.html

Final voyage for Soviet’s first nuclear sub will be via the inner waterways | The Independent Barents Observer

The legendary submarine K-3 “Leninsky Komsomol” will be transported from the Nerpa shipyard on the Kola Peninsula to Kronstadt outside St. Petersburg to become part of the Museum of Navy Glory.
— Read on thebarentsobserver.com/en/security/2021/07/final-voyage-soviets-first-nuclear-sub-will-be-inner-waterways-0

Teaching critical race theory isn’t ‘indoctrination.’ Glorifying Stalin is. – The Washington Post

I worked in Cuba and Russia, where schools deny unpleasant history. Do we want to be like them?
— Read on www.washingtonpost.com/outlook/2021/07/23/critical-race-theory-indoctrination-cuba-russia/

Space tourism: How the collapse of the Soviet Union aided the birth of paid space travel – The Washington Post

Western billionaires may be taking the lead now, but it was a cash-strapped Russian space agency that opened the door.
— Read on www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/07/20/space-tourists-russia-soviet/

50 Years Later, the Soviet Union’s Luna Program Gets a Reboot

Luna 25, Russia’s latest lunar mission, hopes to revive one of the greatest space programs in human history.
— Read on www.popularmechanics.com/space/moon-mars/a36984208/soviet-luna-program-history/

How U.S. destroyed progressive secular forces in Afghanistan – Workers World

How U.S. destroyed progressive secular forces in Afghanistan – Workers World
— Read on www.workers.org/2021/07/57380/

Ending Ukraine’s memory wars – Atlantic Council

Our new series, produced by the PIJL for Ukraine’s public broadcaster, built on this research. Our films purposefully avoided an “authoritative” and always somewhat authoritarian voice-over format. Instead, we let people speak for themselves.
Those featured ranged from an Afghan veteran who battled PTSD and sought solace in music, and Ukrainian miners who fought for their rights in the late 1980s, to best friends who stuck together through thick and thin, packing their bags to the brim with goods to sell across the border, finding a way to survive during the prolonged economic crisis of the 1990s.
Everyone has their own stories to tell about this turbulent period. There is a great need to articulate the traumas of these years, as well as to celebrate the resilience and achievements of Ukrainians.
Many of the stories featured in our series were previously untold. Viewers have reported back to us that they had no idea about the experiences of Crimean Tatars in the 1990s, or of ecological protests that took place during those years.
— Read on www.atlanticcouncil.org/blogs/ukrainealert/ending-ukraines-memory-wars/

Azerbaijan captures six Armenian troops on border – BBC News

The six were surrounded by Azeri troops who foiled a sabotage mission, Azerbaijan says.
— Read on www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-57266297.amp

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