Category: History

Lost Cosmonauts

Lost Cosmonauts

The Soviet Union being a secretive place, it’s not surprising that many conspiracy theories have formed about the Soviet space programme. In particular, there are many claims that Soviet space accidents were covered up...

Cosmonaut Makarov

Cosmonaut Makarov

Oleg Makarov was a Soviet cosmonaut. He flew three missions into space, plus one aborted mission. Makarov was born on 6 January 1933 in Udomlya. After initial work as an engineer on the Soviet...

Peter the Great Accomplishments

Peter the Great Accomplishments

Peter the Great is so called because he was one of the most important leaders in Russian history. The most visible of Peter the Great’s accomplishments was the foundation of the city of St...

Battle of Kursk Facts

Battle of Kursk Facts

The battle of Kursk, which took place in July 1943, was one of the most significant battles of the Eastern Front. German forces attempted to encircle the Soviet armies around Kursk and crush them,...

Ivan the Terrible Facts

Ivan the Terrible Facts

Ivan the Terrible, formally Ivan IV Vasilyevich, was the first Tsar of Russia. His reign, one of the longest of Russian Tsars, saw Russia emerge from its position as a medieval nation state into...

Yuri Gagarin Facts

Yuri Gagarin Facts

Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space on April 12, 1961, when his Vostok rocket completed a single orbit of the earth. This article, written on the 50th anniversary of his historic flight,...

Sputnik Facts

Sputnik Facts

This article contains information and facts about Sputnik, the Soviet satellite that first orbited the earth on 4 October 1957. Three Sputniks were launched into space In all, three Sputniks were launched into space....

Joseph Stalin Facts

Joseph Stalin Facts

Joseph Stalin was leader of the Soviet Union between 1922 and 1953. He followed Vladimir Lenin as Soviet leader, and was the first General Secretary of the USSR’s Central Committee. This article contains a...

Leon Trotsky Facts

Leon Trotsky Facts

Leon Trotsky was one of the most important figures of the Russian Revolution, and of the early years of the Soviet Union. Although he fell out of favour within the Soviet elite, and was...

Leon Trotsky Biography

Leon Trotsky Biography

Leon Trotsky, born 7 November 1879, died 21 August 1940, was one of the key figures of the Russian revolution, and of the early days of the Soviet Union. He was renowned for his...