Soviet Union

Iran says it sent monkey into space and back

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran said Monday it has successfully sent a monkey into space, describing the launch as another step toward Tehran’s goal of a manned space flight.


House passes bill normalizing Russian trade

WASHINGTON (AP) – Flashing some post-election bipartisanship, House Democrats and Republicans joined forces Friday in voting overwhelmingly to end Soviet-era trade restrictions so that American manufacturers and farmers can take advantage of Russia’s expanding and […]


Gorbachev issues new book, laments illnesses

MOSCOW (AP) – Mikhail Gorbachev says he’s feeling the effects of old age, but aims to stay active as long as he can. Speaking Tuesday at a presentation of his new book, the 81-year-old former […]


Flight suit from Cuban crisis goes to Smithsonian

WASHINGTON (AP) – A flight suit worn by an American pilot who flew a reconnaissance mission over Cuba in 1962 that photographed nuclear missile sites under construction by the Soviet Union was donated Tuesday to […]


Exploding shells rock Russian military test site

MOSCOW (AP) – A series of blasts from exploding shells rocked a Russian military test site on Tuesday, breaking windows and releasing giant clouds of smoke over the city of Orenburg near the Kazakhstan border. […]


Georgia's president, opposition both claim victory

TBILISI, Georgia (AP) – Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili and the opposition both claimed victory Monday in a parliamentary election that is crucial to determining the future direction of this former Soviet republic. The governing party […]


Going for the gold

Some number crunchers have figured out that the old Soviet Union would have finished with 38 gold medals in the just concluded Olympics – good enough to tie China for second. Well, loved the […]




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