Category Archives: Russian History

Soviet Wartime Archives De-Classified – Part VI

Dear Readers: Today concluding my review of this piece about Soviet Ambassador Ivan Maisky, and his interwar top-secret dispatches back to Moscow from London. It is the job of any Ambassador to schmooze with the local elites and find out … Continue reading

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Soviet Wartime Archives De-Classified – Part V

Dear Readers: Continuing with this account of Maisky’s now-declassified diplomatic correspondence, operating from his post as Soviet Ambassador to Great Britain in the 1930’s. As we saw, Maisky described in detail his cocktail-party conversation with Winston Churchill, who was not … Continue reading

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Soviet Wartime Archives De-Classified – Part IV

Dear Readers: We saw that, like any employee, Ivan Maisky brought both pluses and minuses to his job as Soviet Ambassador to Great Britain in the interwar years.  On balance and in retrospect, he seems like a really good employee.  … Continue reading

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Soviet Wartime Archives De-Classified – Part III

Dear Readers: So, now that we know the backstory and the motivation for de-classifying these valuable documents, we start getting to the meat of the diplomatic archives and the correspondence of Ambassador Maisky. Born under the name Jan Lyakhovetsky, Ivan … Continue reading

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Soviet Wartime Archives De-Classified – Part II

Dear Readers: Continuing on with this interesting post by Evgeny Krutikov.  Recall that we are reviewing the diplomatic work of Ivan Maisky, Soviet Ambassador to Great Britain in the interwar years.  The Russian government recently declassified a ton of documents, … Continue reading

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Soviet Wartime Archives De-Classified – Part I

Dear Readers: This next series of posts is based on this exciting new series starting in VZGLIAD.  The reporter is, of course, Evgeny Krutikov, and the topic is World War II!  Namely a discussion of recently declassified Soviet archives, and … Continue reading

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Fact Or Myth: Did Stalin Meet With Hitler in 1939? – Part IV

Dear Readers: Today concluding this historical vignette based on this piece by reporter Alexei Vasiliev.  I don’t know about you, but as a fact-based, “data-driven” person (that’s part of my personality profile), I hate it when scam-artists forge documents.  That … Continue reading

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