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The 1991 Project: 20-26 November. Goodbye, Lenin!

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This week’s post takes us into the way Krokodil (Crocodile), the popular satirical journal, covered the Soviet collapse. Featuring cartoons from October and November, this post allows us to “see” the unraveling of the Union a little more clearly. The … Continue reading

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The 1991 Project: November 13-19. Gold Reserves and Monetary Power

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By Caden Wilcox As the Soviet Republics continued to distance themselves from Russia, new political and economic questions emerged. The Moscow News, in their November 17 edition, discussed the implications of Eurasian macroeconomic policy and debated the condition of the … Continue reading

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The 1991 Project: November 13-19. Practicing Politics.

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By Natasha Netzorg With the August coup already far in the rearview mirror the growing concerns for Russians by November 1991 ranged from sports to politics. In the November 17 issue of the English-language newspaper, Moscow News, reporters covered these … Continue reading

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The 1991 Project: November 6-12. The Rouble is Rubble.

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By Izzy Tice By the 45th week of 1991, many Russians feared the transition from communism to capitalism, and believed such a rapid change would devastate the economy.  Questions about currency and money circulation percolated throughout Soviet society at this … Continue reading

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The 1991 Project: November 6-12. Economic Anxieties

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By Colton Powaski By the week of November 6th, 1991, the Soviet Union existed only nominally. Articles about economic issues and anxieties dominated headlines. The headline on the front page of the November 10 English-language Moscow News reads “Rouble is … Continue reading

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The 1991 Project: October 30-November 5.

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By Caden Wilcox With October coming to a close, the atmosphere within the USSR became increasingly pressured. Political structures, people’s opinions, and economic institutions dramatically evolved to address the rapid change, and The Moscow News’ weekly publication made this perfectly … Continue reading

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