Latest Soviet Union News

Lithuania: Walmart to remove Soviet-themed shirts

Sep. 18, 2018 11:06 AM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Walmart has agreed to remove shirts with Soviet emblems from its online shop after three Baltic countries complained about the clothing, Lithuanian authorities said Tuesday. Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania were forcibly annexed by Moscow in 1940 and remained part of the Soviet...

Correction: Ukraine-Holocaust Remembrance story

Sep. 12, 2018 1:36 PM EDT

LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — In a Sept. 2 story that referenced the 1941 attack by Nazi Germany on the Soviet Union, The Associated Press called the two former allies. In 1939, despite sharp ideological differences, the two powers entered into a non-aggression pact that paved the way for them to carve up Poland...

Scholars discussing legacy of Russian dissident Solzhenitsyn

Sep. 7, 2018 10:40 AM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Scholars from around the world are gathering in Vermont to discuss the writings and legacy of the late dissident author Alexander Solzhenitsyn, who chronicled life in Soviet-era prison camps and spent 18 years in exile in the state before living out his days in his native Russia. A...

Baltic countries want Walmart to remove Soviet-themed shirts

Sep. 6, 2018 12:17 PM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Three Baltic countries have lashed out at retail giant Walmart for selling online T-shirts and other products with Soviet Union emblems on them, and demanded that the goods be removed. Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania were forcibly annexed by Moscow in 1940 and remained part of the...

Death of Afghan group's founder unlikely to weaken militants

Sep. 4, 2018 12:18 PM EDT

ISLAMABAD (AP) — The death of Jalaluddin Haqqani, the founder of Afghanistan's outlawed militant network that bears his name, is unlikely to weaken the group that is considered the most formidable of the Taliban's fighting forces. The Taliban said Haqqani died Monday at age 71 after reports of years of ill...

Iosif Kobzon, singer dubbed 'Soviet Sinatra,' dies at age 80

Aug. 30, 2018 10:03 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Iosif Kobzon, an iconic Russian crooner and political figure dubbed "the Soviet Sinatra" for his decades-long career, has died. He was 80 years old. One of the most revered Russian singers of the 20th century, Kobzon is remembered not only for his concerts but also for efforts to negotiate...

Russia's Putin visits site of decisive WWII battle in Kursk

Aug. 23, 2018 2:07 PM EDT

KURSK, Russia (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday attended ceremonies marking the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Kursk, in which the Red Army routed the Nazis. The July-August 1943 battle marked the failure of the last major Nazi offensive on the Eastern Front called Operation Citadel...

Czechs boo prime minister 50 years after Soviet-led invasion

Aug. 21, 2018 9:27 PM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — A ceremony to honor the victims of the 1968 Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia on Tuesday turned into a protest against Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis. Hundreds jeered and booed Babis' arrival for a ceremony in front of the Czech public radio building in downtown Prague, a site of a...

Other suspected Nazi war criminals removed from the US

Aug. 21, 2018 6:07 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Since the 1970s, the U.S. government has initiated legal proceedings to expel just 137 of the estimated 10,000 suspected Nazi war criminals who immigrated to the U.S. after World War II. At least 67 have been deported, extradited or left voluntarily, and 28 died while their cases were...

AP Interview: Photographer documented 1968 Soviet invasion

Aug. 19, 2018 9:23 AM EDT

PRAGUE (AP) — It's been 50 years, but powerful images of the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia taken by photographer Josef Koudelka still resonate among Czechs and elsewhere in the world — they've even been admired in Russia. As the armies of the five Warsaw Pact countries invaded his country an...