Today in History for February 15th

Highlights of this day in history: The U.S. battleship Maine explodes in Havana harbor, bringing America closer to war with Spain; The Soviet Union’s last troops leave Afghanistan; Astronomer Galileo and suffragist Susan B. Anthony born. (Feb. 15)

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Russia funds IVF baby boom to battle population slump | AFP

Russia has seen its population fall during much of the period since the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991. Its current population of 146 million is predicted to fall by 4 to 12 million by 2035. President Putin has rolled out a number of policies aimed at encouraging people to have babies. Since 2013, the IVF procedure has largely been state-funded under a compulsory health insurance scheme.

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Today in History for January 18th

Highlights of Today in History: Soviet Union breaks WWII Leningrad siege; Robert F. Scott reaches South Pole; Boston Strangler suspect Albert de Salvo convicted. (Jan. 18)

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Today in History for December 30th

Highlights of this day in history: Saddam Hussein executed; Chicago fire kills 600; Vladimir Lenin proclaims establishment of the Soviet Union; United Auto Workers union stage first “sit-down” strike; Musician Bo Diddley is born. (Dec. 30)

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Decades on, Soviet bombs still killing people in Afghanistan | AFP

Forty years after the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan — and three decades since the conflict ended — the war’s legacy continues to claim lives across the country. A humanitarian organisation has been working in several Afghan provinces since 1999 to clear explosives left from a war most of the country’s current, young population never lived through.

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The women saving Afghanistan from Soviet explosives | AFP

Forty years after the Soviet Union invaded Afghanistan — and three decades since the conflict ended — the war’s legacy continues to claim lives across the country. A humanitarian organisation has been working in several Afghan provinces since 1999 to clear explosives left from a war most of the country’s current, young population never lived through.

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Vindman stresses his ‘American story’ in testimony

Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who came to the U.S. from the Soviet Union as a child, told House lawmakers that describing President Donald Trump’s July phone call with Ukraine’s president as ‘improper’ would not be tolerated in many other countries. (Nov. 19)

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Today in History for October 15th

Highlights of this day in history: Convicted Nazi war criminal Herman Goering commits suicide behind bars; World War I spy Mata Hari executed; Nikita Khrushchev ousted as Soviet Union’s leader; ‘I Love Lucy’ premieres on TV. (Oct. 15)

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The Chernobyl Wasteland From Above

Fifty thousand people lived in Pripyat, Ukraine before the Soviet Union ordered a complete evacuation following what remains the world’s worst nuclear disaster at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Station in 1986. The town stands as a stark reminder of the danger inherent in nuclear power.

VICE News visited the town to see how the site has dealt with the cleanup and to find out what the future holds for the location of the world’s worst nuclear disaster.

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Today in History for August 20th

Highlights of this day in history: U.S. cruise missiles hit Afghanistan and Sudan after American embassies bombed in Africa; The Soviet Union invades Czechoslovakia; NASA’s Voyager 2 launched; Singers Issac Hayes and Robert Plant born. (Aug. 20)

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Ukrainian president Zelensky casts his vote in Parliamentary elections | AFP

Ukraine’s comedian-turned-president Volodymyr Zelensky casts his vote during the Parliamentary elections. Zelensky’s newly-created party is expected to win the largest share of the votes in the election that should usher in a new era in the country dominated up to now by politicians who grew up when the country was part of the Soviet Union. IMAGES

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Today in History for May 22nd

Highlights of this day in history: Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy sign the ‘Pact of Steel’; Richard Nixon is the first U.S. president to visit the Soviet Union; Actor Laurence Olivier born; Johnny Carson hosts his last ‘Tonight Show.’

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Thousands march in Moscow to mark World War II Victory Day

Thousands carry portraits of World War Two soldiers as they take part in the ‘Immortal Regiment’ march in Moscow: Russia was marking on Thursday the 74nd anniversary of the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany.

Today in History for May 1st

President George W. Bush announces major combat has ended in Iraq; U2 spy plane shot down over Soviet Union; Empire State Building dedicated. (May 1)

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Victory parade rehearsal: Army tanks fill center of Moscow

Preparations for Russia’s World War II Victory Day celebrations took place on Moscow’s Red Square on Monday. The centre of Moscow was filled with a wide array of military vehicles which were driven around the square after an infantry marching rehearsal.

The Victory Parade will take place on May 9 to mark the 74th anniversary of the official capitulation of Nazi Germany to the Soviet Union.

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Is Russia a better ‘gift’ to NATO’s 70th birthday than money?

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Today in History for March 5th

Highlights of this day in history: The Boston Massacre; Winston Churchill’s ‘Iron Curtain’ speech; The Soviet Union’s dictator Josef Stalin dies; Comedian John Belushi found dead; Country singer Patsy Cline killed in a plane crash. (March 5

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Building Avangard hypersonic glider was like launching world’s 1st artificial satellite

Vladimir Putin has likened development of Russia’s cutting-edge Avangard hypersonic glider to the 1957 launch of Sputnik-1, the world’s first artificial satellite built by the Soviet Union.

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Today in History for February 15th

Highlights of this day in history: The U.S. battleship Maine explodes in Havana harbor, bringing America closer to war with Spain; The Soviet Union’s last troops leave Afghanistan; Astronomer Galileo and suffragist Susan B. Anthony born. (Feb. 15)

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Unease over US exit in Afghan valley where Soviets were routed

Thirty years on, former mujahideen fighters recount the days of battling the Red Army in Afghanistan after the Soviet Union invaded the country in December 1979. The Soviets left the country for good on February 15, 1989 having suffered 15,000 losses — many in the unforgiving mountain passes of Panjshir.