Tag: Soviet Union
Britain’s secret plans for nuclear apocalypse
Amazing records of official preparations for World War Three in 1981 have been revealed by the National Archives. Just 40 years ago, the world was on the brink of war. How safe are we today?
Expanded Euro 2016 gives minnows their chance
The European Championship kicks off tonight as France play Romania. For the first time 24 teams will take part. Is this inclusivity a good idea or will it dilute the tournament’s quality?
Russians in denial over Soviet era crimes
Joseph Stalin presided over the deaths of millions during his bloody reign, yet a startling survey has found many Russians today are ignorant of his atrocities. How can this be explained?
Swedish navy on high alert over ‘mystery sub’
Countries around the Baltic Sea are on edge as Sweden hunts for a possible Russian submarine in its waters. It has brought back the grim anxiety of the Cold War, but is the fear justified?
UK plans Earth’s second spaceport by 2018
The UK government plans to build a commercial spaceport by 2018 and is pressing ahead in developing its space industries. But is Britain already falling behind its rivals in the space race?
Experts say Britain needs its nuclear weapons
A report by diplomats, politicians and generals recommends that Britain should renew Trident, its ageing submarine nuclear deterrent system. But are atomic weapons really necessary?
Veterans gather for D-Day’s 70th anniversary
The invasion of Normandy was a crucial moment in WWII and today former soldiers and world leaders are gathering to remember it. But are we overlooking other major events of this global war?
China moon landing signals new age of exploration
The Chinese robot Jade Rabbit has become the first rover to make tracks on the moon in 42 years. With China planning a permanent lunar base, is this the start of a new space age?
Putin greets ‘rigged’ election victory with tears
Russia’s most powerful man, Vladimir Putin, has won the presidency for the third time. But this time his victory is marred by protests that threaten to bring an end to his corrupt rule.
Ukraine ‘show trial’ a blow for European democracy
Former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko has been sentenced to seven years in prison after a 'politically motivated' trial. It's a backwards step for freedom in the former Soviet bloc.
Russia wants new power bloc to counter West
A new political union, announced by Vladimir Putin as a major goal for his next presidency, will form a Eurasian counterpart to the EU. Some analysts see this as a major geopolitical threat.