Today in History for January 17th

(17 Jan 2019) Highlights of Today in History: Benjamin Franklin born; Soviet and Polish forces liberate Warsaw; Eisenhower farewell address; Japan earthquake; Al Capone is born;Muhammad Ali born.

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Today in History for January 12th

(12 Jan 2019) Highlights of Today in History: Congress authorizes military force to expel Iraq from Kuwait; Soviet forces begin large offensive against Nazi Germany; First woman elected to U.S. Senate; Writer Agatha Christie dies; ‘All in the Family’ debuts on CBS.

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Patriotic tank film busts Russian box office record

A Russian war film that tells of a Soviet soldier’s “devotion to the Motherland”, the latest in a line of state-funded patriotic blockbusters, has broken box office records after its New Year release.

Russians mourn human rights giant Lyudmila Alexeyeva

Russians pay their last respects to human rights icon Lyudmila Alexeyeva, with President Vladimir Putin attending a memorial ceremony despite the activist’s criticism of his rule. Alexeyeva died on Saturday at the age of 91 after an extraordinary seven-decade career that saw her promote human rights during the Soviet era and in modern Russia.

Uzbekistan pulls out the stops for fine winemaking

Uzbek farmers are on the front lines of an ambitious state-led winemaking drive in the majority-Muslim country. A decree published by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev’s office in February calls for an increase in wine exports of more than 60 percent by the end of 2021, aiming to cultivate varieties from France, Italy, Chile and the United States, along with the traditional varieties native to the former Soviet countries of the Caucasus.

Saint-Petersburg: residents stuck in Soviet ‘Kommunalkas’ ​

In Saint Petersburg’s largest communal apartment, people barely talk to each other. Living conditions here are dismal and most residents dream of leaving the place for good. Located in the centre of the former imperial capital, the “kommunalka” flat occupies the entire ground floor of a building, with 34 rooms coming off a corridor almost 100 metres (330 feet) long.

Today in History for November 10th

(10 Nov 2018) Highlights of this day in history: The Edmund Fitzgerald sinks in Lake Superior; Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev dies; Henry Stanley finds David Livingstone in central Africa; Film composer Ennio Morricone born; ‘Sesame Street’ premieres. (Nov. 10)

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Pride and fears for Uzbekistan’s ‘Louvre of the Steppes’

More than 50 years after its founding, the Nukus Museum of Art in Uzbekistan’s remote Karakalpakstan region still startles and charms visitors in the spirit of its eccentric late founder. But having survived Soviet censorship and predatory foreign art dealers in the 1990s, some fear the world’s second-largest collection of Russian avant-garde art, faces a fresh threat.