The big picture: Antanas Sutkus captures childhood defiance in Soviet Lithuania | Photography | The Guardian

The photographer and his family suffered under the repressive regime, but his images of children find a spirit that escapes propaganda
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Khodorkovsky-Backed Media, Legal Aid Groups Shut Down After Russia Blocks Them

Two online publications and a legal aid group backed by exiled Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky announced they were ceasing operations on August 5 after the sites were blocked by Russian authorities.

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Sergei Guriev: “We may already be seeing Russia’s return to the repressive dictatorship of the 20th century” – Institute of Modern Russia

The Institute of Modern Russia is committed to strengthening respect for human rights, the rule of law, and civil society.
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Of Monsters and Men Share Slow-Burning New Song “Destroyer” – mxdwn Music

Islandic folk band, Of Monsters and Men released their latest song, “Destroyer”, both to stream and as lyric video via YouTube. The video captures a mammoth of a statue, it’s intriguing as you don’t know what the architecture is (or whether it’s a statue). It’s subtle hints reminisce of the former Soviet bloc
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Russia Has a Massive Amount of Tactical Nuclear Weapons. Why? | The National Interest

Russia’s non-strategic nukes are premised on U.S. conventional military superiority.
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Opinion | Putin again threatens war with Ukraine. The West must be ready to respond. – The Washington Post

The recent diplomatic flurry may not deter the Russian president.
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The Day Soviet Aircraft Attacked American Pilots | At the Smithsonian | Smithsonian Magazine

Seventy years ago, the Korean War changed the day American pilots had to face the Soviet’s MiG-15; one is held by the National Air and Space Museum
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The long-lost Lord of the Rings adaptation from Soviet Russia is a glorious fever dream – The Verge

A 1991 adaptation of The Lord of The Rings made in the Soviet Union has been rescued from the archives and uploaded to YouTube. It’s a magnificent thing, full of bad special effects and Soviet mood music. Here are some of the best parts.
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