Latest Soviet Union News

Jewish volunteers bond with Ukrainian kids at summer camp

Aug. 01, 2022 15:28 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A 5-year-old girl's drawing at a summer camp in Poland's capital caught the eye of one of her counselors. Why did she use black and white, and not red or pink, to make a heart, Rabbi Ilana Baird asked the child. The girl, sighing heavily, said it was black...

Ukraine war hangs over UN meeting on nukes treaty's legacy

Jul. 31, 2022 10:43 AM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — There was already plenty of trouble to talk about when a major U.N. meeting on the landmark Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty was originally supposed to happen in 2020. Now the pandemic-postponed conference finally starts Monday as Russia's war in Ukraine has...

'Historic' Cuban official, José Ramón Balaguer, dies at 90

Jul. 16, 2022 12:09 PM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — José Ramón Balaguer, a longtime member of Cuba’s communist leadership who as health minister sent thousands of the island’s doctors on missions to win hearts and minds in Venezuela and developing countries around the world, has died at age 90. An official...

Afro-Colombian politician tapped as ambassador to Washington

Jul. 12, 2022 17:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A veteran Afro-Colombian politician who studied in the Soviet Union and fled his homeland after being kidnapped by a paramilitary group has been tapped to become Colombia's first Black ambassador to the United States. In a brief message posted on Twitter on...

EXPLAINER: How a G-7 ban on Russian gold would work

Jun. 28, 2022 07:10 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Russia appears to have defaulted on its foreign debt for the first time since the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, and the U.S. and its allies are taking aim at the former Soviet Union's second largest export industry after energy — gold. On Tuesday, the Group of...

EXPLAINER: NATO holds summit with gaze on Russia — and China

Jun. 28, 2022 03:38 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has shocked NATO back to first principles. Seven decades after it was founded, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization is meeting in Madrid this week with an urgent need to reassert its original mission: preventing Russian aggression...

EXPLAINER: Why Russia-Lithuania tensions are rising

Jun. 22, 2022 13:32 PM EDT

New tensions between Moscow and the West are rising after Lithuania decided to halt the transport of some goods through its territory to the Russian region of Kaliningrad as part of European Union sanctions on the Kremlin. The Kremlin warns it will retaliate against the sanctions,...

No nukes? Ukraine-Russian war will shape world's arsenals

Jun. 21, 2022 05:54 AM EDT

The headlines on the newsstands in Seoul blared fresh warnings of a possible nuclear test by North Korea. Out on the sidewalks, 28-year-old office worker Lee Jae Sang already had an opinion about how to respond to North Korea's fast-growing capacity to lob nuclear bombs across...

Gennady Burbulis, top Yeltsin aide and official, dies at 76

Jun. 19, 2022 15:01 PM EDT

MOSCOW (AP) — Gennady Burbulis, a top aide to Russian President Boris Yeltsin who helped prepare and sign the 1991 pact that led to the formal breakup of the Soviet Union, has died. He was 76. As secretary of state and first deputy chairman of the government from 1991-1992,...

Albania offers ex-Soviet built naval base to NATO

May. 26, 2022 07:24 AM EDT

TIRANA, Albania (AP) — Albania has offered NATO a naval base in an effort to highlight the small country's value in the alliance “in these difficult times,” the prime minister's office said Thursday. Prime Minister Edi Rama said Pashaliman naval base, 180 kilometers (110 miles)...