Remember the Date: Last Soviet combatant troops leave Afghanistan, 15 February 1989

Soviet forces with prisoners in Vardak, 1987. Source: Wikipedia On 15 February 1989 the last Soviet combatant forces left Afghanistan, ending a process of withdrawal that had begun on 15…

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Remember the Date: On 13 February 1974 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was deported from the Soviet Union

Aleksandr Solzhentisyn and Heinrich Boell outside Boell's house. Photo by Bert Verhoeff (Wikipedia) On 13 February 1974 Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn was deported from the Soviet Union to West Germany, where he initially…

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Remember the Date – on 8 February 1983 the World Psychiatric Association received a letter of resignation from Soviet All-Union Society of Neurologists and Psychiatrists

Photo of Serbsky Institute in Moscow: Wikipedia by A.Savin  On 8 February 1983 the World Psychiatric Association received a letter of resignation from the Soviet All-Union Society of Neurologists and…

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Remember the Date: 27 January is International Holocaust Day. On 27 January 1945 Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp, was liberated by Soviet troops.

On 27 January 1945, Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest Nazi death camp, was liberated by Soviet troops. International Holocaust day is an international memorial day on 27 January commemorating the victims of…

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Remember the Date: Anatoly Marchenko, Soviet dissident and human rights campaigner, was born on 23 January 1938

Photo: Wikipedia Anatoly Tikhonovich Marchenko (23 January 1938 – 8 December 1986) was a Soviet dissident, author, and human rights campaigner, who became one of the first two recipients (along with Nelson Mandela) of the Sakharov Prize for…

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Remember the Date: 19-20 January 1990 (‘Black January’) saw 147 civilians killed and 800 injured in Baku, Azerbaijan

Martyrs' Lane in Baku on 20 January 1992. Photo: Wikipedia Black January (Azerbaijani: Qara Yanvar), also known as Black Saturday or the January Massacre, was a violent crackdown on the civilian population of Baku on 19–20 January 1990,…

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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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