Soviet Union

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

November 28, 2018
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...

Documentary "Khrushchev Does America"

September 06, 2018
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)

March 29, 2018
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 -...

Average Monthly Salary in Former Soviet Union Republics 2016

September 08, 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...

Brethren Cemetery ensemble in Nīkrāce (Latvia)

October 06, 2015
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...

GDP In Former Soviet Union 2013

July 24, 2014
It has been already 24 years since collapse of Soviet Union, an empire that once threatened all the rest world with it's mighty military. Although military tough - economical weak. Or I was taught in school - USSR was military giant but economical midget. Well, long are those days of Mighty Soviet Union, what's...

GDP Per Capita In Former Soviet Union Countries 2013

July 22, 2014
Soviet Union once was a mighty empire that threatened all the rest world, it has been already 24 years since Soviet Union doesn't exist any more, what's left - free market economies stretching from Baltic sea to Bering straight. In total there are 15 FSU republics in over days. Some of them (Baltic states) has...

Minimum Wages in Former Soviet Union 2014

July 21, 2014
Some time ago I already did a chart of minimum wages in Former Soviet Union, now some time - about 6 months have passed and I decided to take a look to minimum wages in Former Soviet Union one more time. Although minimum wages doesn't play major role on economic boost, it's still an indicator I like to know when...

Former Georgian President Eduard Shevardnadze died at 86

July 07, 2014
Today at 12:00, Tbilisi time - former president of Georgia Eduard Shevarnadze after continues illness has died. 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...

Lithuania - a few thougts

May 06, 2014
Lithuania a small Baltic nation, once a part of Rzecpospolita, then a member of Soviet Union, now a small country on European Union Eastern border.The Anti-Russian sentiment seems is high just on TV, I guess.. I was surprised to see how good Lithuanians know and use Russian language. That is first thougt. Stop...

Romania - a brief overview

April 30, 2014
Yesterday I took a brief overview of Moldova, today I'm willing to briefly see how neighbouring Romania looks like. Romania - basic dataPopulation: 21.33GDP: 169.4 billion USD (2012)GDP per capita: 7.942 thousands USD (2012)Romania since 2007 is a full member state of European Union. Together with Bulgaria they...

Moldova - a few facts

April 29, 2014
Moldova - a country between EU and Ukraine, member of Eastern Partnership, once a member of mighty Soviet Union. Recently EU liberated VISA FREE Travel for Moldavian citizens to EU. I decided to take a look at this country, which I know just some basic facts (mentioned above)Moldova some basic facts:GDP (2012...

Minimum wages in former Soviet Union

November 15, 2013
Previously I have already measured and compared minimum wages in Baltic states, Caucasus and Central Asia. All of these once was a part of Soviet Union. Today I'm willing to measure minimum wages in all former 15 republics of Soviet Union.   $ Estonia 427...

Population changes in former Soviet Union

November 08, 2013
15 former Soviet Union republics, then and now. In 1990 in the Soviet Union lived 287.728 million people. In 2012 in the former republics lived 290.587 million people, which is 0.98% increase. A pretty small increase for 22 years.   The thing is, not all former Soviet republics have developed equally in...

The Lost World of Communism - East Germany

October 30, 2013
The documentary brought by BBC shows the life of East Germany. About deportations of ethnic Germans to Siberia in late 1940-ties/ early 1950-ties. How East Germany watchdog Stasi controlled the lives of ordinary citizens.  The documentary features episodes of East Germany's cartoon Sandsman. A lot of...