Tajiks set to elect strongman leader for fourth term

Voters in Tajikistan, the poorest state in the former USSR, were on Wednesday expected to hand President Emomali Rakhmon an easy victory for a fourth term at the helm of his Central Asian state bordering Afghanistan.

Nixon tapes span Soviet summit, Watergate

President Richard Nixon and Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev chatted warmly in the White House before a historic summit in June 1973, as revealed by secretly recorded tapes released on Thursday.

Beatles` cultural revolution behind break-up of USSR, says ex-spy

A former spy has revealed that John Lennon and Paul McCartney promoted a cultural revolution among the Soviet youth, which played a part in the demolition of communism in the USSR.

How a Soviet submariner stopped World War III!

For 13 days in October 1962, the world held its breath as the USSR and the USA were on the brink of a nuclear war.

Putin proposes setting up `Eurasian Union`

Putin has proposed forming a Eurasian Union of former Soviet nations saying the bloc could become a major global player.

Russia uneasily remembers USSR coup, 20 years on

Mikhail Gorbachev remains a marginal figure in modern-day Russia.

`2010 might see Russia`s resurgence as major power`

US` pre-occupation with wars in Iraq and Afghanistan has given Russia space to spread its influence in the former USSR states, and its consolidation in
2010 could pave way for Moscow`s re-emergence as a major power.