Author: Andy Young

Russian Revolution facts

While we are all aware that the Russian Revolution of 1917 changed the face of the country’s history, how much do we really know about these dramatic events? If you’ve ever wanted to know more about this pivotal part of Russia’s past, here are some interesting facts. Was the Russian Revolution in 1905 or 1917? Whenever anyone thinks of the Russian Revolution, they immediately bring to mind the events of 1917 which led to the removal of the Tsar and the start of the Soviet Union. In fact, the term Russian Revolution could relate to two uprisings and while...

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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 natural causes? There is evidence to suggest both and while historians lean towards the explanation that foul play was involved and that Stalin was killed, we may never really know for sure. What do we know about Stalin’s death? While cold hard facts may be a little scarce, we do know that Stalin died on the 5th of March 1953 after a few agonising days...

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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 Power Plant in the Ukraine are well known, but the official death toll is open to some conjecture and a great deal of controversy. The Background On the day in question, a routine systems test was carried out on nuclear reactor number 4. After an unexpected power surge, an emergency shutdown was attempted but this only led to an extreme power spike that in turn...

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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 Tsarina, Alexandra Romanov? It is often said that she played a major part in the downfall of the Royal Family because of her relationship with the mystic Grigory Rasputin but how much of this is true? Early Life Alexandra was born on the 6th of June 1872 in Darmstadt, as Princess Alix Viktoria Helena Luise Beatrice of Hesse and by Rhine. She was born into...

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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 this point to some extent and when you ask them what year did the cold war start, some will say 1945 and others 1946. The 1940’s After fighting as Allies in World War II, relations soured very quickly after the conflict had ended. The alliance between the USA and the Soviet Union during the war was generally seen as a temporary one, united only by...

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