Category: History

Nicholas and Alexandra Romanov

Nicholas and Alexandra Romanov

While all history students will be well aware of the events in Russia of 1917 that saw the Royal Family overthrown, how much do we really know about the last Tsar and Tsarina? It’s...

Chechnya History

Chechnya History

For those outside of Russia, little is known about Chechnya other than an awareness of an on-going Russia-Chechnya conflict. But how did this all originate and what is the history of Chechnya itself? Where...

How did Joseph Stalin die

How did Joseph Stalin die

When you consider the controversial life of the Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, it’s perhaps no surprise that his death itself is shrouded in myth and mystery. Was Stalin murdered, or did he die of...

How many people died at Chernobyl

How many people died at Chernobyl

The Chernobyl disaster is known all across the world and the events of 26th April 1986 have made a permanent mark on history. The events surrounding the explosion and fire at the Chernobyl Nuclear...

Alexandra Romanov

Alexandra Romanov

The events of 1917 marked the end of a Royal Family in Russia and the fate of the last Tsar has been well documented ever since. But what do we know about the last...

What year did the Cold War start

What year did the Cold War start

Anybody who lived through the Cold War years will remember a continuing state of tension between the Soviet Union and the West but how and when did it all start? Historians may differ on...

Svetlana Stalin

Svetlana Stalin

While the cruel reign of Josef Stalin marked a grim period in Russian and Soviet history, the story of his daughter Svetlana is, in many ways, no less fascinating. In cold war Russia, she...

Russian invasion of Afghanistan

Russian invasion of Afghanistan

Anyone who lived through the Cold War will doubtless recall the shocking events surrounding the Russian invasion of Afghanistan in 1979 and the political ramifications that followed for many years. With the conflict over...

Rasputin facts

Rasputin facts

Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin was one of the most controversial figures in Russian history. From his arrival at the Russian court through to the incredible night of his death, the mystical ‘monk’ was one of...

How much did Alaska cost?

How much did Alaska cost?

While Alaska is widely known today as the largest state in the USA, it once part of Russia. For around a hundred years from the mid 18th century onwards, Alaska was a Russian colony...