Category Archives: Russia

Solzhenitsyn…reconsidered

In most literary and academic circles—excepting those of Soviet-era institutions in the USSR and Eastern bloc countries— it is anathema to level even the slightest criticism against the work of Nobel laureate Alexander Solzhenitsyn. But well-reasoned evaluation of the author’s … Continue reading

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Armageddon Theater: The Day After

Originally written for Primary Ignition’s “Mayan Apocalypse Survival Guide,” December 21, 2012. By the 1980s, children of the Cold War knew that those “duck and cover” drills were meaningless. We were living in the era of ICBMs and the doctrine … Continue reading

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Tales of the Cold War: Mutually Assured Deception

Originally written in November 2005; revised and expanded April 2011 & May 2012. On November 25, 2005, the right-wing government of Poland publicized Cold War-era plans for Soviet nuclear strikes on NATO countries.  The plans were dated around 1979 and … Continue reading

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