Remember the Date: On 19 January 2009 Stanislav Markelov and Anastasia Baburov were murdered in Moscow

On 19 January 2009 human rights lawyer Stanislav Markelov and journalist Anastasia Baburova were shot dead on Moscow's Prechistenka Street.  An annual march in memory of Stanislav Markelov and Anastasia Baburova is…

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Remember the Date: On 13 January 1991 Soviet forces attempted to suppress Lithuanian independence

Photo: Emerging Europe On 13 January 1991 14 died and hundreds were injured in Vilnius when Soviet troops attempted to crush the Lithuanian independence movement. Today, 13 January is Freedom…

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Remember the Date: Trial of Vladimir Bukovsky, 5 January 1972

Bukovsky at the Sakharov Congress in Amsterdam, 21 May 1987. Wikipedia On 5 January 1972 the trial of Vladimir Konstantinovich Bukovsky took place in the Lyublino district court of Moscow. V.K. Bukovsky was charged with having…

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Remember the Date: Decree on Collectivisation, 5 January 1930

The requisition of grains from wealthy peasants (kulaks) during the forced collectivization in Timashyovsky District, Kuban, Soviet Union. 1933. Wikipedia On 5 January 1930 a decree was issued by the Central Committee entitled 'On the…

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Remember the Date: Boris Yeltsin resigns as president on 31 December 1999; Vladimir Putin becomes president.

Photo source: Wikipedia On 31 December 1999 Boris Yeltsin (1931-2007) resigned as President of the Russian Federation. He had first been elected to that post on 10 July 1991. He…

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Remember the Date: Resignation of Gorbachev and end of the Soviet Union, 25 December 1991

The Soviet flag was lowered from the Kremlin and replaced with the flag of Russia on 25 December 1991, a day before the USSR was officially dissolved. Source: Wikipedia 25 December 1991 – Russian Soviet Federative…

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