It was called the “End of History”, the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991. An event long hoped for in the West but that few expected to ever see. The United States, European Union and Canada all poured billions of dollars into Russia’s development. Russia was invited to join the G7 making it the G8 in 1998. Vladimir Putin became Russia’s Prime Minister in 1999 (the same year NATO expanded into the former East bloc) and its President in 2000.
In the 17 years he has been in power Putin has become more authoritarian, and in Russia at least, more popular. He described the collapse of the Soviet Union as “the greatest geopolitical tragedy of the 20th century.” He hosted the lavish 2014 Sochi Olympics and then seized Crimea from Ukraine. Putin worked with the US to destroy Syria’s chemical weapons and then sent his troops to help President Assad maintain grip on power. Now Russia, under Putin, is accused of using its “cyber-power” to undermine the 2016 US Presidential election.
Where is Putin leading Russia? Was the West suffering from post-Cold War naiveté or did it betray Russia by expanding NATO and reaching too far into former USSR territory, such as Ukraine?
To help answer these questions the CIC National Capital Branch is pleased to welcome Stephen Kotkin, a highly sought after Russian specialist: Professor in History and International Affairs at Princeton University, director of its Institute for International and Regional Studies and co-director of the Program in the History and Practice of Diplomacy. The New York Times said the just published second volume of his Stalin trilogy Stalin: Waiting for Hitler: “will surely stand for years to come as a seminal account of some of the most devastating events of the 20th century.”
Pauline Nordin (born 23 juli 1982) is a IFBB fitness competitor, pro figure athlete, fitness model, actrice, fitness trainer and journalist. Originally from Ystad (Sweden), Pauline now lives in Los Angeles. Pauline is known from TV show “Biggest Loser” and has her own company called “Fighter Diet”. Here is the first version from Paulines stratosphere flight in the MiG-29. This is how we receive the files from the Russian airbase. Fully edited version with professional ground shots as well as multiangle videos from the outside of the MiG-29 will follow soon. Pauline first flew an L-39 Albatros with us – see https://youtu.be/UcPVF2FadWc Since then she is addicted.
All episodes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USUA_… In 1613 The Zemsky Sobor (the National Assembly) adopted a decision to invite Michael Fyodorovich Romanov to become tsar of Russia. This decision was announced in Red Square in front of numerous crowds of people: “Michael Fyodorovich shall be tsar and lord of Muscovy and all the Russian state.” In order to prevent disturbances, Michael Romanov had to take a terrible sin upon his soul – to execute a 3 year-old boy… The most vivid pages of Russian history and the establishment and consolidation of Russian state power are associated with the eighteen Russian Tsars of the House of Romanov which include such historic names as Peter the Great, Catherine the Great, Nicholas I and Alexanders I, II and III. The dynasty ended with the brutal assassination of the last Tsar, Nicholas II and his family by the Bolsheviks in Ekaterinburg in 1917. The Romanov dynasty played a hugely important role in world history, and the series highlights the life stories and characters of the tsars, recounting their rise to power and their contribution to the dynasty, their merits and their faults, their achievements and mistakes, their victories and defeats in war. The series also examines the Russian form of ‘Caesarism’ as a system of state administration – its advantages and drawbacks and how the Russian state changed under the Romanov’s rule. THE ROMANOVS is told in eight epic one-hour episodes using a unique combination of magnificent CGI animation and dramatic reconstruction with careful and accurate attention paid to each period. Type: TV series Genre: docudrama Year of production: 2013 Duration: 8×52 minutes Directed by: Maksim Bespalyi Written by: Marina Bandilenko, Marina Ulybysheva Director of photography: Ivan Barkhvart Producers: Valeriy Babich, Vlad Ryashin, Sergey Titinkov, Konstantin Ernst Watch movies and TV series for free in high quality. Explore a great collection of documentaries. The best Russian movies and tv series, melodrama, war movies, military tv shows, new russian films, top documentary films and full movies with english subtitle. With these free online Russian language movies you will learn Russian easily. Subscribe for high quality movies and series on our channel. Enjoy Watching!
In which John Green teaches you how Russia evolved from a loose amalgamation of medieval principalities known as the Kievan Rus into the thriving democracy we know today. As you can imagine, there were a few bumps along the road. It turns out, our old friends the Mongols had quite a lot to do with unifying Russia. In yet another example of how surprisingly organized nomadic raiders can be, the Mongols brought the Kyevan Rus together under a single leadership, and concentrated power in Moscow. This set the stage for the various Ivans (the Great and the Terrible) to throw off the yoke and form a pan-Russian nation ruled by an autocratic leader. More than 500 years later, we still have autocratic leadership in Russia. All this, plus a rundown of some of our favorite atrocities of Ivan the Terrible, and a visit from Putin!
On this special occasion, we were pleased to feature our new Eurasia Fellow for 2018, Stephen Kotkin, an outstanding lecturer and scholar. Professor Kotkin has been teaching in the History Department at Princeton since 1989, and holds a joint appointment at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs, where he has been vice dean.
Two volumes of his trilogy on Stalin have been published to critical acclaim — Stalin: Paradoxes of Power (2014) and Stalin: Waiting for Hitler (2017) – as have his earlier books, Uncivil Society: 1989 and the Implosion of the Communist Establishment (2009); Armageddon Averted: The Soviet Collapse (2008), and Magnetic Mountain: Stalinism as a Civilization (1995).