Putin rejects blaming Stalin for start of World War II
MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin has rejected claims that Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union share responsibility for starting World War II.
AP Explains: Why does Medvedev’s visit to Cuba matter?
HAVANA (AP) — Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev arrives Thursday in Cuba, which was long the former Soviet Union’s principal ally in Latin America. The visit is seen by some as confirmation...
Naval base in Syria cements Russia’s Mediterranean foothold
TARTUS, Syria (AP) — A Russian submarine has moored at Russia's base in Syria after a patrol mission while another one is getting ready to sail off after replenishing supplies — the rotation that...
The Latest: Russia tweets reminder of Soviet role in WWII
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II (all times local):
Russian President Vladimir Putin wasn't invited to attend ceremonies...
Estonia plans fireworks to mark 1994 exit of Russian troops
HELSINKI (AP) — Estonia is planning to mark the 25th anniversary of the withdrawal of the last Russian troops from the country by fireworks in Tallinn on Saturday.
Baltics mark 30th anniversary of anti-Soviet human chain
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — The three Baltic countries on Friday marked the 30th anniversary of the 1989 "Baltic Way," a historic anti-Soviet protest that involved nearly 2 million people forming a...
Mysterious missile explosion in Russia raises questions
MOSCOW (AP) — A deadly explosion at a naval weapons testing range in northwestern Russia. A brief spike in radiation levels. An evacuation order issued, then rescinded, for a nearby...
Moscow’s Metropol: elegance to revolution and back again
MOSCOW (AP) — In 1991, as the Soviet Union collapsed around him, Alexander Mishakov was summoned to a place that was off-limits to most citizens — the Metropol Hotel.
MOSCOW (AP) — Clashes between protesters and police in the capital of the ex-Soviet nation of Georgia have left more than 200 people injured, a bout of violence that was sparked by a Russian...
Robert Bernstein, top publishing executive, dead at 96
NEW YORK (AP) — Robert L. Bernstein, a publishing executive and human rights activist who presided over a generation of dynamic growth at Random House and advocated for dissidents around the...
AP EXCLUSIVE: Reports show Russia’s terrible aviation record
MOSCOW (AP) — It will be weeks before Russian investigators conclusively identify the cause of Sunday's fiery emergency plane landing in Moscow that killed 41 people, but they already know one...
Herzog says Gorbachev documentary has a ‘subversive message’
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Werner Herzog says there's a "subversive message" to his new documentary "Meeting Gorbachev": Talk to your geopolitical enemies.
Russian-North Korean relations since the Korean War
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin gives an intriguing twist to the global diplomatic push to resolve the nuclear standoff...
In ‘Red Joan’, Judi Dench gets spy role far from 007′s boss
LONDON (AP) — Judi Dench is back in the world of espionage — but her latest role is a far cry from James Bond's unflappable spy chief, M.
In "Red Joan," to be released Friday in Britain and...
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's space agency says pioneering Soviet-era cosmonaut Valery Bykovsky, who made the first of his three flights to space in 1963, has died at age 84.
Lithuania convicts ex-USSR defense minister of war crimes
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — A Lithuanian court on Wednesday found the Soviet Union's last defense minister guilty of war crimes for his role in a violent crackdown on the Baltic country's...
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Kim pays respects at embalmed body of Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh
HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — North Korean leader Kim Jong Un paid his respects Saturday to Vietnamese revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh, whose embalmed body is on permanent display, just like Kim's own...
Women recall the ‘hell’ of Soviet war in Afghanistan
MOSCOW (AP) — Sitting in her living room, 65-year-old Tatyana Rybalchenko goes through a stack of black-and-white photos from more than 30 years ago. In one of them, she is dressed in a nurse's coat and smiles sheepishly at the camera; in another, she shares a laugh with soldiers on a road with a mountain ridge behind them.
Anti-communist guerrilla who became Afghan president dies
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan's first president following the withdrawal of Soviet troops from the country and the collapse in 1992 of Kabul's pro-communist government, Sibghatullah Mujadidi, has died. He was 93.
The white-turbaned and soft-spoken Mujadidi was a mentor to former President Hamid Karzai, who had belonged to his anti-communist resistance group during the 1980's Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
EU: Future member states must hold democratic elections
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — The European Union's foreign policy chief says would-be member states from the former Soviet Union must hold free and fair elections to be eligible for future membership.
Federica Mogherini was referring to Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia who signed association agreements with the EU in 2014, amid sharp criticism from Russia.
Institute urges Romania not to rehabilitate war criminal
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — A Holocaust institute has called on Romanian authorities to not rehabilitate a war criminal convicted for his role in the slaying of Jews and Roma in the former Soviet Union.
The Elie Wiesel Institute for Holocaust Study said Friday it hoped authorities in the eastern county of Vrancea wouldn't move to restitute land to the family of Gheorghe Alexianu who was governor of the Trans-Dniester region during World War II.
Russia, Japan make no visible progress on territorial spat
MOSCOW (AP) — The leaders of Russia and Japan acknowledged Tuesday that settling a decades-long territorial dispute poses a daunting challenge but vowed to continue negotiations.
The Soviet Union took the four southernmost Kuril Islands during the final days of World War II. Japan asserts territorial rights to the islands, which it calls the Northern Territories, and the dispute has kept the countries from signing a peace treaty.
AP Analysis: Climactic events in 1979 shaped modern Mideast
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Revolutionaries in the streets give way to black-and-white images of blindfolded American hostages. Two enemies sign a peace deal after years of hostilities. And one of the world's two superpowers invades its southern neighbor, launching a bloody, decade-long conflict.
These moments and others in 1979, which dominated television sets and newspaper front pages 40 years ago, have shaped the modern Middle East.
Timeline: Life and death of ex-Nazi guard deported from US
Major events in the life of Jakiw Palij, the 95-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard who was deported to Germany last August after living quietly in the U.S. for decades. Local media reported he died on Wednesday at a care home in Ahlen.
EARLY LIFE AND NAZI SERVICE
—Aug. 16, 1923: Born in Piadyki, Poland, now P'yadyky, Ukraine.
—September 1939: Soviet Union occupies Piadyki shortly after start of World War II.
—June 1941: Nazi Germany seizes Piadyki after invading Soviet Union.
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Anatoly Lukyanov, ex-Soviet parliament speaker, dies at 88
MOSCOW (AP) — Anatoly Lukyanov, a Communist politician who as parliament speaker was imprisoned for his role in a coup attempt that precipitated the Soviet Union's collapse, has died. He was 88.
Russia's Channel One state television said Lukyanov died Wednesday. It didn't specify the cause.
During the 1980s, Lukyanov, a senior Communist Party official, was a top associate of Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev. A lawyer by training, he had known Gorbachev since they were university students.
Russia irked by Japanese statements on long-disputed islands
MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's Foreign Ministry says it has summoned the Japanese ambassador over recent statements from Tokyo about disputed Pacific islands.
The Soviet Union took the four southernmost Kuril Islands during the final days of World War II. Japan asserts territorial rights to the islands, which it calls the Northern Territories.
The decades-long dispute has kept Russia and Japan from signing a peace treaty.
Olympic water polo champion Antal Bolvari dies at 86
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Antal Bolvari, a two-time Olympic water polo champion who scored a goal in Hungary's famous 4-0 win over the Soviet Union in the "Blood in the Water" match at the 1956 Melbourne Games, has died. He was 86.
Bolvari, who won gold at both the 1952 and 1956 Olympics, died Tuesday in the hospital after a long, undisclosed illness, his family said.
Former Defense Secretary Harold Brown dies at 91
WASHINGTON (AP) — Harold Brown, who as defense secretary in the Carter administration championed cutting-edge fighting technology during a tenure that included the failed rescue of hostages in Iran, has died at age 91.
Brown died Friday, said the Rand Corp., the California-based think tank which Brown served as a trustee for more than 35 years. His sister, Leila Brennet, said he died at his home in Rancho Santa Fe, California.
AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s Afghan comments inaccurate
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's comments about Afghanistan this week devolved into a history lesson gone awry and an embrace of the former Soviet Union's decision to invade the country in the 1970s.
China lunar probe sheds light on the ‘dark’ side of the moon
BEIJING (AP) — China's burgeoning space program achieved a lunar milestone on Thursday: landing a probe on the mysterious and misnamed "dark" side of the moon.
Exploring the cosmos from that far side of the moon, which people can't see from Earth, could eventually help scientists learn more about the early days of the solar system and maybe even the birth of the universe's first stars.
Billboard near Mar-a-Lago likens Republicans to Soviets
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The next time President Donald Trump travels to his Mar-a-Lago resort, he'll be greeted by a billboard likening the Republican Party to the Soviets.
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Poll: Russians increasingly nostalgic for USSR
MOSCOW (AP) — An opinion survey has shown that two thirds of Russians regret the collapse of the Soviet Union.
The independent Levada Center that conducted the nationwide poll of 1,600 people last month said the results reflected a growing public nostalgia for the Soviet Union. In the latest survey, 66 percent of those polled said they regret the 1991 Soviet breakup, compared to 58 percent a year ago.
Former Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland dies at 90
ROSEAU, Minn. (AP) — Former U.S. Agriculture Secretary Bob Bergland, a farmer from northern Minnesota who was tasked with selling President Jimmy Carter's unpopular Soviet Union grain embargo to other farmers, died Sunday. He was 90.
Bergland died at a nursing home in his hometown of Roseau, near the U.S.-Canadian border, his daughter Linda Vatnsdal said.
Russia’s most famous human rights activist dies at 91
MOSCOW (AP) — Lyudmila Alexeyeva, a human rights pioneer and dissident who challenged the Soviet and Russian regimes for decades, demanding that they free political prisoners and establish democratic rights, died Saturday in a Moscow hospital, a Russian official said. She was 91.
"She remained a human rights activist to the very end," said Mikhail Fedotov, head of Russia's Human Rights Council. "This is a loss for the entire human rights movement in Russia."
Former President George H.W. Bush dies at age 94
HOUSTON (AP) — George H.W. Bush played many prominent public roles in nearly a century of life, from when he was a 20-year-old World War II hero to the 41st president of the United States. In between came turns as a congressman, the director of the CIA, an ambassador to the United Nations and China, and a two-term vice president.
Yet colleagues and friends say the great-grandfather was humble, modest and unfailingly polite.
Russia marks anniversary of 1941 military parade
MOSCOW (AP) — Thousands of troops in World War II uniform marched across Moscow's Red Square on Wednesday in a re-enactment of a historic wartime parade.
On Nov. 7, 1941, Red Army soldiers marched directly to the front line during the Battle of Moscow to repel the invading Nazi forces closing in on the Soviet capital.
Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said the 1941 parade was "a symbol of courage and faith," paving way for "the first difficult step toward victory over the Nazis."
Trump says US will pull out of intermediate range nuke pact
ELKO, Nevada (AP) — President Donald Trump said Saturday he will exit a landmark arms control agreement the United States signed with the former Soviet Union, saying that Russia is violating the pact and it's preventing the U.S. from developing new weapons.
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EU chief says British EU-Soviet comparison unwise, insulting
BRUSSELS (AP) — EU Council President Donald Tusk says a British official's comparison of the European Union to the Soviet Union is "as unwise as it is insulting."
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said over the weekend that the EU shouldn't try to prevent a smooth Brexit because "it was the Soviet Union that stopped people leaving."
Hunt's analogy drew criticism across the EU, which has formerly communist countries and former Soviet republics as members.
Pressure on UK foreign minister to apologize for Soviet barb
BRUSSELS (AP) — Pressure mounted Tuesday on British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt to apologize for recent remarks comparing the European Union to the Soviet Union.
While British Prime Minister Theresa May effectively rebuked her foreign secretary for making the comparison, leaders from the European Parliament urged Hunt to take back his remarks, which caused particular offense in those East European countries that were under the control of Moscow for 40-plus years after the end of World War II.
Books on famine, factories vie for $75,000 history prize
LONDON (AP) — A story of starvation in Stalin's Soviet Union, a biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder and a look at how factories changed the world are among finalists for a $75,000 history book prize.
Eight books competing for the Cundill History Prize include Anne Applebaum's "Red Famine," Caroline Fraser's "Prairie Fires" and Joshua B. Freeman's "Behemoth."
Russia looms in background as pope travels to Baltics
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is heading to the Baltic countries this weekend amid renewed alarm about Russia's intentions in the region it twice occupied for decades.
Francis' 25th foreign visit comes a quarter of a century after St. John Paul II made the first papal visit to the former Soviet Union and cheered as Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia emerged from five decades of Soviet-imposed religious repression and state-sponsored atheism.
Lithuania: Walmart to remove Soviet-themed shirts
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Walmart has agreed to remove shirts with Soviet emblems from its online shop after three Baltic countries complained about the clothing, Lithuanian authorities said Tuesday.
Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania were forcibly annexed by Moscow in 1940 and remained part of the Soviet Union until its collapse in 1991, except for a brief occupation by Nazi Germany 1941-1944.
Correction: Ukraine-Holocaust Remembrance story
LVIV, Ukraine (AP) — In a Sept. 2 story that referenced the 1941 attack by Nazi Germany on the Soviet Union, The Associated Press called the two former allies. In 1939, despite sharp ideological differences, the two powers entered into a non-aggression pact that paved the way for them to carve up Poland and for the Soviet Union to take the Baltic states of Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia. That pact was never formally recognized as an alliance, and in 1941 Germany attacked the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union, in coalition with allies including Britain, the United States and other nations, fought for four years to defeat the Nazis.
Baltic countries want Walmart to remove Soviet-themed shirts
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Three Baltic countries have lashed out at retail giant Walmart for selling online T-shirts and other products with Soviet Union emblems on them, and demanded that the goods be removed.