Soviet Union

Documentary about The Winter War 1939 (Soviet Union vs Finland )


A very well documented documentary about the Winter War fought back in 1939. About defensive war and great guerilla tactics to fight a more powerful army. The Winter War was a military conflict between the Soviet Union and Finland in 1939–1940. It began with the Soviet invasion of Finland on 30 November 1939, and ended with the Moscow Peace Treaty on 13 March 1940. Watch it on YouTube

Documentary "Khrushchev Does America"


Documentary "Khrushchev Does America" is a 2013 film by Tim Toidze.  The story of the unconditional, no-holds-barred tour of America by Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev, leader of World Communism and America's arch nemesis, during 13 sun-filled days in the fall of 1959. Watch it on Youtube 

Documentary Around the World by Graf Zeppelin (1929 footage)


Documentary Around the World by Zeppelin is a film by Dutch director Ditteke Mensink made first aired on BBC Four in 2010. This was one of the most interesting and quality films I've watched lately. The story is about Graf Zeppelin flight around the world in 1929. The route is following  New York - Friedrichshafen - Moscow (didn't stop here) - Tokyo - Los Angeles - New York. The story is told through the letters and diaries of Lady Grace Drummond-Hay In 1929, for the first time in history…

Average Monthly Salary in Former Soviet Union Republics 2016


About two years ago I first compared average monthly salary in Former Soviet Union Republics. Now, two years later, I decided to compare again. I was surprised after seeing results. Let me explain. First - call it as you wish - major world economic crisis, sanctions against Russia, better integrated or worst integrated parts of the World, but after seeing huge drops in all but Baltic States and Armenia's average salary for me it seems, those countries are still very closely related with Russia…

Brethren Cemetery ensemble in Nīkrāce (Latvia)


It was hard for me to decide should I put this place as a tourist attraction or as a military heritage, I opted for the second one. You see, things related to WW2, especially like Brethren Cemeteries is hard to call tourist attractions, right? So, here is another one interesting place in Latvia, region of Courland you should visit some day - a memorial dedicated to fatalities of WW2. Some locals call this place just as a Mother (Latvian: Māmuļa) because of the sculpture in the middle of this…

GDP In Former Soviet Union 2013


The GDP of the former Soviet Union countries has been a topic of interest for many economists, politicians, and individuals alike. The economic performance of these countries is seen as an indicator of their growth and development. In 2013, the GDP of the former Soviet Union countries was a mixed bag of growth and decline. This article will take a look at the GDP performance of these countries in 2013. Russia, the largest country in the former Soviet Union, had a GDP of $2.1 trillion in 2013…

GDP Per Capita In Former Soviet Union Countries 2013


The collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 marked the beginning of a new era for the countries of the former Soviet Union. With the fall of the Soviet regime, many of these countries were left to fend for themselves, struggling to build new economies and establish new political systems. Today, the former Soviet Union countries are still grappling with the legacy of the Soviet era, and economic development remains a major challenge. In this article, we will take a look at the GDP per capita of…

Inequality of Minimum Wages in Former Soviet Union: An Updated Look in 2014


It has been six months since I last analyzed the minimum wages in the former Soviet Union. Although it is not a major factor in economic growth, the minimum wage is still a relevant indicator in understanding a country's economic status. In my previous research in 2013, I found that Estonia had the highest minimum wage of $427, while Kyrgyzstan had the lowest at just $17 per month. In this updated analysis for 2014, the highest minimum wage is still in Estonia, with an increase to $480, and…

Former Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze died at 86


<p>Today at 12:00, Tbilisi time - former president of Georgia Eduard Shevarnadze after continues illness has died.&nbsp;</p><p>Many including me - remember Eduard Shevarndadze not only as president of Georgia, but also as a foreign minister of Soviet Union. There were time Mr. Shevernadze was considered second person after Mikhail Gorbochov in USSR.</p><p>Eduard Shevernadze after collapse of Soviet Union became a 2nd president of Georgia in 1995 and held his…

Romania: An Overview of its Economy and EU Membership (2014)


Yesterday I took a brief overview of Moldova, and today I'm eager to dive into the neighboring country of Romania. Romania is a full-fledged member of the European Union since 2007, together with Bulgaria, and is considered one of the poorest countries in the EU in terms of wealth. With a population of 21.33 million people and a GDP of 169.4 billion USD in 2012, Romania's GDP per capita is 7.942 thousands USD. Although Romania is four times richer than its neighbor Moldova, it is still five…