Soviet Union

Technology

These video chats helped thaw out the Cold War

US-Soviet relations hit a low point in the early 1980s, but one American and one Russian believed they could bring citizens of the two countries together. They succeeded in building an early video-chat system that allowed Americans and Russians to see and talk with each other across oceans.

Conflict

This pact between Hitler and Stalin paved the way for WWII

Seventy-five years ago this week, the world was turned upside down when Hitler and Stalin signed a pact of alliance. Within days Hitler invaded Poland, starting World War II. Roger Moorhouse, a historian, has a new book out on the momentous but often-forgotten "Devils' Alliance."

Global Scan

Russia demands that Bulgaria treat Soviet memorials with a little respect

Monuments showing heroic Soviet soldiers dot many of the former USSR satellite countries. And since the end of the Cold War, they have been refashioned by activists into political statements, infuriating Russian officials. In Africa, social media networks have been spreading a folk 'cure' for Ebola. And the Israeli government has kept independent human rights investigators out of Gaza. That and more, in today's Global Scan.

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