Soviet Union

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In December 1982 Samantha Smith, a 10-year-old girl from Manchester, Me., wrote to Soviet leader Yuri Andropov to ask if he was going to wage a nuclear war against the U.S. The following July she toured the USSR at his invitation and as a result, became known as America’s youngest goodwill ambassador.

Samantha Reed Smith

“Actually, the whole thing started when I asked my mother if there was going to be a war. There was always something on television about missiles and nuclear bombs. Once I watched a science show on public television and the scientists said that a nuclear war would wreck the Earth and destroy the atmosphere.? Nobody would win a nuclear war. I remembered that I woke up one morning and wondered if this was going to be the last day of the Earth.?

Like millions of American children during the Cold War, 10-year-old Samantha Smith of Manchester, Maine, was terrified of getting nuked by the Russians. News reports and TV specials about nuclear bombs, missile defense systems, and ?mutually assured destruction? were commonplace, and Smith got more and more frightened about the possibility of war.

In the summer of 1983, 10-year-old Samantha Smith from Manchester, Maine, was the most famous little girl in the world. Images of a freckle-faced smiling Samantha holding a letter from the Soviet Premier Yuri Andropov and later touring the Soviet Union went out on all news wires.

?Actually, the whole thing started when I asked my mother if there is going to be a war,? Samantha wrote in her book, ?Journey to the Soviet Union.?

In response to her daughter?s question about war, Jane Smith showed Samantha a November 1982 Time magazine, with stern bi-spectacled Andropov gracing its cover. In it some U.S. experts were concerned about escalating U.S.-Soviet conflict; others saw ?the transfer of power in the Kremlin [as] an opportunity to relieve tensions.?

Samantha?s reaction: ?If everyone is so afraid of him, why don?t they ask him if he is going to start a war??

?Why don?t you write to him?? suggested Jane.

Samantha did just that.

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The diary of Tanya Savicheva, a girl of 11, her notes about starvation and deaths of her sister, then grandmother, then brother, then uncle, then another uncle, then mother. The last three notes say “Savichevs died”, “Everyone died” and “Only Tanya is left.” She died of progressive dystrophy shortly after the siege. Her diary was shown at the Nuremberg trials.

The Siege of Leningrad

When Germans encircled Leningrad they planned to quickly freeze and starve the city. They had no idea the devastation and horror that the people of Leningrad would be willing to endure without ever giving in. The siege is one of the longest in history and one of the deadliest as well.

Leningrad, the old imperial capital, was the most beautiful city in Russia and had for centuries been her cultural heartland. Founded as Czar Peter the Great?s window on the West, it had known many agonies throughout its turbulent history, but in 1941 geography and pragmatic military strategy would see Leningrad engulfed in a tragedy unparalleled in modern history.

With most of Europe already under the heel of Nazi Germany, Hitler turned his attention eastward toward the vast expanse of the Soviet Union and on the morning of June 22, 1941, launched Operation Barbarossa, the invasion of Russia. Spearheaded by three Army groups, German forces stormed across the Russian frontier and completely overwhelmed the Red Army units in their path. With clinical precision, the world?s largest army was being systematically annihilated and, after just 18 days of fighting, the Russians had lost over three million men, 6,000 tanks, and most of their aircraft.

Germany and her allies attempted to strangle the life out of the historic Soviet city of Leningrad – the heart of the Russian Revolution

It would be no exaggeration to say that the family of every native citizen of St. Petersburg was touched by the blockade, which lasted almost 900 days, from September, 1941 to January, 1944. During that time nearly a third of the population at the siege?s beginning, starved to death. Roughly one in three. Many of them in the streets.

Few people outside realised what the siege was like. For years afterwards Stalin kept?people in the dark. Deaths were underestimated. Its party leaders were purged. For decades, details of the blockade have been little known in the West. Stalin suppressed the facts of the siege and twisted its history.

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Rick Ames. The Takedown of a CIA Officer Turned Soviet Spy – Photo: ABC News

Brilliant or Bumbling Idiot?

Rick Ames, a lifelong employee of the Central Intelligence Agency, betrayed at least 12 of the best secret agents working for the United States from within the Soviet Union and the Soviet bloc during the 1980’s. All were jailed and most were executed. “They died because this warped, murdering traitor wanted a bigger house and a Jaguar,” says the Director of Central Intelligence, R. James Woolsey.

From 1975 to 1985, the C.I.A. promoted Aldrich Hazen Ames, an alcoholic underachiever going through a financially ruinous divorce from a fellow spy, to increasingly sensitive posts, unaware that he was thinking all the decade about selling the agency’s deepest secrets to Moscow. For the next decade, it remained unaware that he was hand-delivering reams of top secret papers to the Soviets and talking his vodka-soaked heart out with his Communist case officers in annual all-nighters.

Spies. Nuclear warheads. Submarine technology. Stolen documents that could threaten national security. Countries have been spying on each other as long as there have been countries. When countries get their hands caught in the proverbial cookie jar, denial and feigned shock are the official reactions.

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Digitally manipulated photo.

Digitally manipulated photo.

Project A119

U.S. Had Secret Plan to Nuke Moon During Cold War

The U.S. considered detonating an atomic bomb on the moon in an effort to intimidate the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War

During 1958 and 1959 the US Air Force studied project A119 which called for the explosion of a nuclear weapon on the surface of the Moon. This project remained secret until 2000, when Leonard Reiffel, a former scientist of the Illinois Institute of Technology revealed its existence.

It may sound like a plot straight out of a science fiction novel, but a U.S. mission to blow up the moon with a nuke was very real in the 1950s. At the height of the space race, the U.S. considered detonating an atom bomb on the moon as a display of America’s Cold War muscle. The secret project, innocuously titled ‘A Study of Lunar Research Flights’ and nicknamed ‘Project A119,’ was never carried out.

In 1957 the Soviet Union launched Sputnik into low earth orbit. It was the planet?s first artificial satellite?and much to the apprehension of the Pentagon and U.S. policymakers, it belonged to the Russians?. The Space Race had begun and America was losing.

The decades that followed were a parade of Cold War paranoia, technological innovation and bizarre military strategies. Both the East and West wanted to make sure the world knew who was the top superpower. But how?

Being the first to the moon was the top prize. In the early days of the Space Race, both countries thought the best way to prove they?d been to the moon was to nuke it.

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March 23, 1994. Near Mezhdurechensk, Russia. Airbus A310-304, Russian International Airways, Flight Number 593, Fatalities:75 : 75. The aircraft crashed after a captain allowed his children to manipulate the controls of the plane.

March 23, 1994. Near Mezhdurechensk, Russia. Airbus A310-304, Russian International Airways, Flight Number 593, Fatalities: 75 : 75.?The aircraft crashed after a captain allowed his children to manipulate the controls of the plane.

Pilot Error

?Untrained Minors In Command of Controls

On March 23, 1994, one of the worst excuses for an airliner crash happened when an Aeroflot pilot allowed his 12 and 16-year-old children to play with the controls of the Airbus A310-300 (a competitor of the Boeing 767) he was flying, resulting in a crash that killed all 75 people aboard.

It would be one of the strangest–and most preventable–air disasters in history. Aeroflot Flight #593, a Russian International Airlines Airbus ?crashed into a hillside of the Kuznetsk Alatau mountain range, Kemerovo Oblast.

The jet was en route from Moscow’s Sheremetyevo International Airport to Hong Kong’s Kai Tak International Airport with 75 occupants aboard, of whom 63 were passengers. Most of the passengers were businessmen from Hong Kong and Taiwan who were seeking economic opportunities in Russia.

There were no survivors. No evidence of technical malfunction was found, but cockpit voice and flight data recorders revealed the bizarre reason for the crash:

The 12-year-old daughter (Yana) and 16-year-old son (Eldar) of pilot Yaroslav Kudrinsky were present on the flight deck. Eldar apparently had unknowingly disabled the autopilot’s control of the aircraft’s ailerons while seated at the controls! Yana was also recorded saying, “Daddy, can I turn this?” The aircraft had then rolled into a steep bank and near-vertical dive from which the pilots were unable to regain control in time to prevent the crash.

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Companies bidding on Government contracts under Labour simply need to cost in a fully NZ crew, no matter the cost

Labour’s solution to create jobs is a form of subsidies, and tilting the playing field.

So instead of getting the best deal for taxpayer money, Labour is going to use government tendering as a perverted process to subsidise fake jobs that won?t last as soon as the Government stops paying for them.

Labour will re-write the rules for lucrative Government contracts to advantage bidders who can prove it will create jobs in New Zealand.

Labour leader Andrew Little made the jobs announcement in his speech at the Labour Party conference this afternoon in Palmerston North.

Similar to the Labour Party’s policies in 2011 and 2014, he said Labour would harness the Government’s $40 billion buying power to create jobs and help local businesses go up against big international companies. ? Read more »

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Mariya Oktyabrsakaya

To Avenge her Husbands Death

Mariya bought a Tank and Killed Nazis

When Nazis invaded her homeland, bombed her city, blew up her house, kicked over her garbage cans, walked across her kitchen floor without taking their boots off, and violently killed her husband during the Battle of Kiev, the Ukrainian housewife ?Mariya Oktyabrskaya didn?t just roll over and take it ?She got revenge.

Violent, armor-piercing, high-explosive, white-knuckled revenge served Siberian Ice Cold with a side of mashed potatoes and a pot of hot borscht to the face.

Mariya sold all of her worldly possessions, clenched her teeth, bought a 26-ton T-34 Main Battle Tank, taught herself how to drive it and repair it, and just started blasting every Nazi that came within range of the fearsome-looking 76mm cannon, mounted on the turret of her vengeance-fueled war machine, and she didn’t take her finger off the trigger or her hands off the throttle until someone pried them out of her cold dead hands.

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Photo Coloured: Unknown Source: Lyudmila Pavlichenko sniped a confirmed 309 Axis soldiers, including 36 German snipers, during WWII.

Photo Coloured: Unknown Source: Lyudmila Pavlichenko sniped a confirmed 309 Axis soldiers, including 36 German snipers, during WWII.

Lyudmila Pavlichenko

Sniped A Confirmed 309 Axis Soldiers

?Including 36 German Snipers, During WWII.

While most of the world shied away from putting women on the front line, the Soviet Union did not, recruiting about 2000 women as snipers during WWII, one of which turned out to be one of the most successful snipers in history, Lyudmila Pavlichenko.? She still holds the record for the highest confirmed kill total of any female sniper in history and is not that far off?Simo H?yh??s all-time mark of 542 confirmed kills

In June of 1941, 24 year old Ukrainian Lyudmila Pavlichenko was attending Kiev University, studying history, when Germany invaded the Soviet Union.? When this happened, she went down to the local recruiting office to sign up for the infantry.? The recruiter she spoke with suggested she was better suited for a role as a nurse or in a clerical position.? Not to be dissuaded, she pulled out her Voroshilov Sharpshooter badge and a marksman certificate, both of which she?d earned while a teenager as a member of the OSOAVIAKhIM, which was a society that trained non-military people as young as 14 years old in military tactics and other such things in case they would someday be called into service to ?defend the Motherland?.

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Joseph Stalin 1949

Joseph Stalin 1949

Stalin Liked To Deface Pictures

Of Nude Men

Josef Stalin defaced classical nude drawings with macabre messages ridiculing political opponents that he had executed.

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Felix Dadaev (left) in the 1940s and the real Joseph Stalin (right).

Felix Dadaev (left) in the 1940s and the real Joseph Stalin (right).

Stalin?s Body Double, 1940s

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