Latest Soviet Union News

Artist probes Russia's toxic legacy through family history

Feb. 20, 2019 7:29 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Pavel Otdelnov recalls how as a child he saw his mother boil his parents' bedding every day. His father worked in the factories of Dzerzhinsk, the center of Soviet chemical manufacturing, and the chlorine and phosgene that yellowed the sheets seeped through protective gear into his skin. "Dad...

Women recall the 'hell' of Soviet war in Afghanistan

Feb. 15, 2019 12:22 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — Sitting in her living room, 65-year-old Tatyana Rybalchenko goes through a stack of black-and-white photos from more than 30 years ago. In one of them, she is dressed in a nurse's coat and smiles sheepishly at the camera; in another, she shares a laugh with soldiers on a road with a mountain...

30 years on, Russia views Afghan war with pride

Feb. 14, 2019 5:28 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — When the last Soviet tanks rumbled back home across a bridge on the border with Afghanistan 30 years ago, the withdrawal was hailed as a much-anticipated end to a bloody quagmire. Since then, Moscow's view of the war has changed radically. As Russia prepares to mark Friday's anniversary of...

Anti-communist guerrilla who became Afghan president dies

Feb. 12, 2019 8:53 AM EST

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's first president following the withdrawal of Soviet troops from the country and the collapse in 1992 of Kabul's pro-communist government, Sibghatullah Mujadidi, has died. He was 93. The white-turbaned and soft-spoken Mujadidi was a mentor to former President Hamid...

Report: Finnish SS volunteers likely killed Jews in WWII

Feb. 10, 2019 3:45 PM EST

HELSINKI (AP) — An Israeli Holocaust historian praised authorities in Finland on Sunday for publishing a report that concluded Finnish volunteers serving with Nazi Germany's Waffen-SS "very likely" took part in World War II atrocities, including the mass murder of Jews. Efraim Zuroff of the Simon...

Japan's Abe vows to resolve territorial dispute with Russia

Feb. 7, 2019 1:57 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed Thursday to take a "step-by-step" approach in resolving a territorial dispute with Russia left over from World War II. Abe told a rally of former residents of four islands seized by Russia in the war's final days and their supporters Thursday that...

EU: Future member states must hold democratic elections

Feb. 1, 2019 8:37 AM EST

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The European Union's foreign policy chief says would-be member states from the former Soviet Union must hold free and fair elections to be eligible for future membership. Federica Mogherini was referring to Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia who signed association agreements with the EU...

Institute urges Romania not to rehabilitate war criminal

Jan. 25, 2019 11:55 AM EST

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Holocaust institute has called on Romanian authorities to not rehabilitate a war criminal convicted for his role in the slaying of Jews and Roma in the former Soviet Union. The Elie Wiesel Institute for Holocaust Study said Friday it hoped authorities in the eastern county of...

Russia, Japan make no visible progress on territorial spat

Jan. 22, 2019 1:53 PM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — The leaders of Russia and Japan acknowledged Tuesday that settling a decades-long territorial dispute poses a daunting challenge but vowed to continue negotiations. The Soviet Union took the four southernmost Kuril Islands during the final days of World War II. Japan asserts territorial...

AP Analysis: Climactic events in 1979 shaped modern Mideast

Jan. 19, 2019 5:04 AM EST

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Revolutionaries in the streets give way to black-and-white images of blindfolded American hostages. Two enemies sign a peace deal after years of hostilities. And one of the world's two superpowers invades its southern neighbor, launching a bloody, decade-long conflict....