Latest Soviet Union News

Lenin statue at final sandwiched by ads for Budweiser, Visa

Jul. 14, 2018 1:39 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — When Lenin had a thirst for revolution, this is not what he had in mind. Fans attending Sunday's World Cup final between France and Croatia will pass a huge statue of the Bolshevik Revolution's leader as they enter the Luzhniki Stadium. Abutting the rear of the monument is a Budweiser...

UK police say bottle was source of pair's Novichok poisoning

Jul. 13, 2018 6:51 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — British detectives investigating the poisoning of two people with a military grade nerve agent said Friday that a small bottle found in the home of one of the victims tested positive for Novichok, a lethal substance produced in the Soviet Union during the Cold War. Dawn Sturgess, 44, and...

US expected to become world's top oil producer next year

Jul. 13, 2018 11:29 AM EDT

The U.S. has nosed ahead of Saudi Arabia and is on pace to surpass Russia to become the world's biggest oil producer for the first time in more than four decades. The latest forecast from the U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts that U.S. output will grow next year to 11.8 million barrels a day. "If...

A look at NATO and what the alliance does, past and present

Jul. 12, 2018 6:10 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The North Atlantic Treaty Organization, known as NATO, grew largely out of Cold War fears of Soviet aggression and expansionism following a communist coup in Czechoslovakia, the Soviet blockade of Berlin and other incidents. It also was meant to prevent the resurgence of nationalist...

Trump rattles NATO, knocking its value, assailing Germany

Jul. 11, 2018 11:09 PM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Under fire for his warm embrace of Russia's Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump jolted the NATO summit Wednesday by turning a spotlight on Germany's ties to Russia and openly questioning the value of the military alliance that has defined American foreign policy for decades. Trump...

US soon to leapfrog Saudis, Russia as top oil producer

Jul. 11, 2018 6:14 PM EDT

The U.S. is on pace to leapfrog both Saudi Arabia and Russia and reclaim the title of the world's biggest oil producer for the first time since the 1970s. The latest forecast from the U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts that U.S. output will grow next year to 11.8 million barrels a day. "If the...

The Latest: UK nerve-agent victims handled contaminated item

Jul. 5, 2018 7:03 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The Latest on the second case of nerve agent poisoning in England (all times local): 6 p.m. British police have confirmed that a man and woman critically ill from nerve-agent poisoning were exposed to the toxin by handling a contaminated item. The finding bolsters the theory that Dawn...

UK town faces new reality: Another nerve agent poisoning

Jul. 5, 2018 4:11 PM EDT

AMESBURY, England (AP) — In this normally pleasant town of 10,000 residents a stone's throw from the mysterious Stonehenge monument, the new reality is sinking in: Novichok, again. Four months had passed since the nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter, and the collective nightmare...

Police: 2 more exposed to same nerve agent that sickened spy

Jul. 4, 2018 5:51 PM EDT

AMESBURY, England (AP) — For the second time in four months, two people lie critically ill in England's Salisbury District Hospital after being exposed to a military-grade nerve agent developed in the Soviet Union, British police confirmed late Wednesday. The country's chief counterterrorism police officer...

Azerbaijan hit by massive blackout, worst in decades

Jul. 3, 2018 12:31 PM EDT

BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — A massive blackout hit Azerbaijan and affected most of the country Tuesday, the worst power outage since the 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union. President Ilham Aliyev set up a government commission to investigate the accident at a power plant in Mingechavir that officials said...