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Stories with place: Soviet Union
  • Lithuanian power grid has dark secret buried in Soviet past story has photos
    Updated: May-19-15 1:16 pm

    VILNIUS, Lithuania - Giedrius Sakalauskas always thought there was something strange about the graffiti-sprayed, bunker-like structure in a leafy area outside the center of Vilnius.

  • Moldova rally urges reunification with neighboring Romania 
    Updated: May-16-15 10:43 am

    CHISINAU, Moldova - Shouting anti-Russian slogans, 3,000 people have rallied in Moldova urging the reunification of the former Soviet republic with neighboring Romania.

  • Russian labor camp memorial group faces heavy pressure 
    Updated: May-15-15 11:03 am

    MOSCOW - A Russian organization that restored a Soviet-era forced-labor camp as a memorial for the victims of political repression said Friday it is facing legal action aimed at pressuring it to fold.

  • Hungary honors its 700,000 victims of Soviet labor camps 
    Updated: May-13-15 9:53 am

    BUDAPEST, Hungary - Karoly Miklosi was heading to his job at a print shop in February 1945 when the Soviets nabbed him for slave labor.

  • Ukraine erases communist reminders as it tries to ditch past story has photos
    Updated: May-12-15 4:28 am

    KIEV, Ukraine - A hulking steel statue of a victorious female warrior bearing aloft sword and shield looms in dour majesty over the Ukrainian capital. The Motherland Monument's shield bears the Communist hammer-and-sickle, but maybe not for much longer.

  • Nostalgia and vodka on museum tour of life under communism 
    Updated: May-11-15 9:56 am

    WARSAW, Poland - There is no love lost in Poland for the bygone communist system, but those who think they have missed something unusual still have a chance to experience the austerity and subdued atmosphere of life in those times.

  • Putin takes swipe at US in Victory Day speech story has photos
    Updated: May-09-15 10:28 am

    MOSCOW - Russia showed off new machines of war, including a highly sophisticated tank, on Saturday in the annual Victory Day military parade through Red Square that marks the surrender of Nazi Germany and the Red Army's key role in the defeat.

  • V-Day in Russia evokes national pride at difficult time story has photos
    Updated: May-07-15 8:11 am

    MOSCOW - If you call history student Nikolai Podchasov on his cell phone these days, you will hear the popular wartime tune "Katyusha" while waiting for an answer.

  • As Ukraine erects defenses, critics fear expensive failure 
    Updated: May-06-15 3:04 am

    HOPTIVKA, Ukraine - The flimsy, razor wire-topped fences popping up along bare expanses of Ukraine's eastern frontier are the first line of defense against a much-feared Russian invasion. Trenches fortified by timber have been hollowed out for soldiers to take up positions. And bulky, metallic obstacles looped together with more barbed wire are laid across the fields to halt advancing tanks and infantry.