• Behind The Iron Curtain: June 22, 1941

    Despite my bad memory some historic dates will probably stay with me for the rest of my life. On this day in 1941 the Nazis crossed the Soviet border as part of the operation Barbarossa and began what became known in the USSR as the Great Patriotic War. I wrote about the War many times before so I won’t repeat myself. Even the youngest veterans are 85-90 years today and there are fewer and fewer of the every year. The memory of the War was something my generation grew up with, hopefully it will not be forgotten by our children.

    I literally heard this song thousands of times (translation slightly clumsy but will do).

    The huge country is rising
    Is rising for the deathly battle
    Against the dark fascist force
    Against their cursed hordes
    Refrain:
    Let our noble wrath
    Seethe like waves
    The national war is going
    The Sacred War
    Will resist the oppressors
    Of right notions (ideas)
    Rapists, bandits
    People’s tormentors
    Refrain:
    Let our noble wrath
    Seethe like waves
    The national war is going
    The Sacred War
    Don’t their black wings dare
    Fly over our Motherland
    Don’t the enemy dare tread
    Our immense fields
    Refrain:
    Let our noble wrath
    Seethe like waves
    The national war is going
    The Sacred War
    Lets hammer bullet into the brow
    Of the rotten fascist vermin
    Lets make a strong coffin
    For such breed
    Refrain:
    Let our noble wrath
    Seethe like waves
    The national war is going
    The Sacred War

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  • Don’t Shave Me, Bro!

    I am all about killing and eating tasty chickens but I draw the line at shaving them!

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  • Old Photos: May Day

    Another May Day is here and there is still plenty of time to celebrate by walking around with red flags, playing marching music and shouting the approved slogans:

    Long live the unity and close ties of the peoples of the nations of the socialist community! Let strengthen the indissoluble fighting union of the Communist parties of the socialist nations on the basis of the tested principles of Marxism- Leninism and proletarian internationalism!

    Fraternal greeting to the working class of the capitalist nations–a selfless fighter against exploitation and the domination of monopolies and for the rights of all workers, for peace, democracy and socialism!

    Warm greeting to the people of Latin America, carrying on a courageous struggle against the oppression of imperialist monopolies, against reaction and fascism, for free and independent development, for peace, democracy, and social progress!

    ©Time.James Whitmore

    US Communist Henry Winston at May Day celebration. ©Time.Stan Wayman

    Khrushchev and Fidel Castro in Red Square on May 1st.©Time. Stan Wayman

    Red Square, Moscow. May 1st,1961 ©Time.James Whitmore

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  • Behind The Iron Curtain: No To Neutron Bomb

    These cards were distributed to the Soviet citizens so they could be mailed en masse to the United Nations Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim. Based on his years on that post the time would’ve been between 1972 and 1981.

    No To The Neutron Bomb

    No To The Neutron Bomb

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  • Russian Gourmet:Beets

    Americans generally eat anything that moves (possum, snake, turtle, squirrel, etc.) with the side dish of anything that grows (sprouts, green beans, asparagus, etc). That’s why it always surprises me when my co-workers make disgusted faces and puking noises when I say something about beets. Why beets were chosen for the role of the hated vegetable is still unclear to me. What’s clear is the fact that they are delicious, slightly sweet, low calorie and help cure everything from cancer to icy roads.

    I, on the other hand, love beets and eat them frequently. They can be boiled, roasted, steamed, microwaved and eaten in soups (readers of this blog already know about borscht), salads,by themselves and with other vegetables. My favorite simplest beet recipe is just shredded cooked beets, little bit of minced garlic, mixed with some mayo or sour cream. For a more complex but still easy to make salad I like vinegret (mine is not exactly like this guy’s recipe but he took better pictures).
    So forget your childhood fears and on your next trip to the store buy a bunch of beets. You’ll be peeing red for a week!
    For more recipes check out Alton Brown’s “Beet it!”
    P.S. No matter what you’ve been told by crazy vegetarians, the root is the edible part of the beet plant, leave the tops for your pet goat.

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