Latest Soviet Union News

Reagan statue unveiled in Berlin at Cold War speech site

Nov. 8, 2019 12:05 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The U.S. Embassy in Berlin unveiled a statue of Ronald Reagan on Friday at a site overlooking the location of the former president's iconic speech imploring the Soviet Union to remove the Berlin Wall. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called the inauguration of the work a "monumental moment"...

'End of history'? 30 years on, does that idea still hold up?

Nov. 7, 2019 2:22 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — Months before the Berlin Wall fell on Nov. 9, 1989, with the Soviet stranglehold over the Eastern Bloc crumbling, a young political scientist named Francis Fukuyama made a declaration that quickly became famous. It was, he declared, "the end of history." But the heralded defeat of Communism...

Berlin Wall's fall stokes memories of lost hopes in Russia

Oct. 31, 2019 2:37 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — When the Berlin Wall fell, the Soviet Union stepped back, letting East Germany's communist government collapse and then quickly accepting German unification. Russian President Vladimir Putin now blames the Soviet leadership for naivete that paved the way for NATO's expansion eastward. Many in...

Adviser in impeachment spotlight has only-in-America story

Oct. 29, 2019 5:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Soviet-era immigrant who came to the U.S. as a toddler and grew up to become a decorated soldier and a White House aide saw it as his "sacred duty" to speak up. Now Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a 20-year Army officer assigned to the National Security Council, finds himself in the...

Putin hosts Cuban leader for talks on expanding ties

Oct. 29, 2019 10:32 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin hailed Cuba's resilience in the face of U.S. pressure as he hosted his Cuban counterparts for talks Tuesday on expanding cooperation between the old allies. Putin told Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel that Russia has always remained supportive of Cuba....

Prominent Soviet dissident Bukovsky dies at 76

Oct. 28, 2019 4:42 AM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Bukovsky, a prominent Soviet-era dissident who became internationally known for exposing Soviet abuse of psychiatry, has died. He was 76. Bukovsky died of cardiac arrest on Sunday after a period of ill-health in Cambridge, England, where had settled after being deported from the...

Russian FM: Decision soon on freeing convicted Norwegian

Oct. 25, 2019 7:21 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Russia will soon decide about the freeing of a Norwegian citizen serving a 14-year sentence for espionage in Russian jail, Sergey Lavrov, the country's foreign minister said, Friday. "Frode Berg has been convicted of espionage and has sought pardon. The pardon has been...

Putin courts Africa, offers to mediate Nile dam dispute

Oct. 24, 2019 12:20 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin sought to expand Moscow's clout in Africa by touting military aid and economic projects Thursday at the first-ever Russia-Africa summit. He even offered to help mediate a growing water dispute between two of the continent's largest powers, Egypt and Ethiopia....

Russia's new focus on Africa takes advantage of US drift

Oct. 21, 2019 10:00 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin is following China's lead and making a splashy bid for influence in Africa, hosting the continent's leaders this week in the first-ever Russia-Africa Summit. The Kremlin on Monday said 43 of the continent's 54 heads of state or government are expected to...

Alexei Leonov, 1st human to walk in space, dies in Moscow

Oct. 11, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Alexei Leonov, the legendary Soviet cosmonaut who became the first human to walk in space 54 years ago — and who nearly didn't make it back into his space capsule — has died in Moscow at 85. The Russian space agency Roscosmos made the announcement on its website Friday but gave...