20th Century Martyrs Honored At Westminster Abbey

Carved on Westminster Abbey in London are 20th Century martyrs, who include Grand Duchess Elizabeth of Russia, a saint of the Russian Orthodox Church; Martin Luther King Jr. and Archbishop Oscar Romero. .

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Romanovs, 1613-1918

On my reading list, a book by Simon Sebag Montefiore: "The Romanovs were the most successful dynasty of modern times, ruling a sixth of the world’s surface for three centuries. How did one family turn a war-ruined principality into the world’s greatest empire? And how did they lose it all?" More.

Pre-revolutionary Russian Cemetery in St. Petersburg

One of the most fascinating places to visit in St. Petersburg, Russia is the pre-revolutionary Tikhvin Cemetery, next to Alexander Nevsky Monastery, where you will find graves of some of the most world-famous Russians, including Fyodor Dostoyevsky - (1821-1881), author Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov - (1844-1908), composer Fyodor Stravinsky - (1843-1902), operatic bass, father of composer Igor Stravinsky... Continue Reading →

Eastern Europeans Nervous About Putin and Trump

One of the great success stories of the late 20th and early 21st century was the destruction of the Iron Curtain, liberation of the former Eastern Bloc or Warsaw Pact countries from Soviet tyranny, their embrace of free markets, and, with some limitations, economic integration into Europe. Spending 10 days in Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland,... Continue Reading →

Assessing Russia’s Military Threat

"Russia is never as strong as you fear or as weak as you hope." -- Winston Churchill. In Russia, A Show of Force As Military Attempts to Modernize, on NPR. Golts says that Russia's inability to achieve its military ambitions may pose another kind of threat for the West. "It's obvious that Russia doesn't have... Continue Reading →

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