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for questions regarding the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR), commonly known as the Soviet Union

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Was there ever a speech by USSR officials before 1950 where it was asked of Soviet women to uphold traditional female roles?

In 1949 Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir writes: There is no way to directly oblige a woman to give birth: all that can be done is to enclose her in situations where motherhood is her only option:...
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Was very little or no new medication developed in the USSR?

Prof. Robert (Haim) Belmaker, head of the Israeli Psychiatric Association, spoke today (2018-01-05) on the סדר יום / Daily Agenda radio program (Note this is a program in Hebrew). At some point in ...
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Was there a Soviet anti-motorcycle-helmet campaign in the late 1950s and early 1960s?

Lessig (1995, pp. 964–965) writes: Before the 1960s, motorcyclists in Soviet Russia did not wear helmets. In part this was because of a lack of any perceived need to wear helmets; in part it was ...
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Did secret police in the Eastern Bloc use X-ray machines to give people cancer?

This Reddit thread claims that the Soviet secret police used hidden x-ray machines to give people cancer in order to remove them quitely from power. I've heard that claim colloquially before but have ...
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Did the US / UK supply the Russians with machinery before or during the Cold War?

I was reading this question on Quora, when I reached the last answer: I visited the Tbilisi Aircraft factory at the end of the Cold War and was astonished to see that MIG fighter fuselages were ...
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Did the amount of bureaucrats increase in the immediate aftermath of the Soviet Union?

David Graber says in this interview on The Real News, My favorite example is Russia after the fall of the Soviet Union in the 10 years between, I think it was 1991 or two, and 2002, the total ...
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Does Liberation Theology have its roots from the KGB and the Soviet Union?

Trinity Church was affiliated and steeped in Liberation Theology. Recent reports (below) indicate that this philosophy was founded in the USSR as a Cold War plot to help undermine America, based on ...
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Did Stalin personally tell Churchill that “the great bulk” of “10 millions” people were “wiped out” during collectivization?

The War Memoirs of Winston Churchill: Face to Face with Stalin Life Magazine 30 October 1950 at pages 104 and 106: [about 1am August 18, 1942] "I thought you would have found it bad," said I [...
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Was Ignaty Karpezo buried alive and then found alive?

Wikipedia claims the following. Ignaty Karpezo was a general during WWII. After a heavy bombing he was found without signs of life. A medic determined death. He was buried consequently. But after a ...
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Was it common in the USSR for an enterprise to buy steel knives so to melt down them for steel?

This article claims it was common in the USSR if an enterprise needed steel, to buy say knives or other steel goods and melt them for steel. In general, control by the ruble was designed to ...
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Did 80% of Soviet males born in 1923 die in WWII?

I found this fact on OMG Facts: 80% of Soviet males born in 1923 died in WWII. Not surprisingly, Russia was the country with the highest WW2 causalities, with over 21 million. I can't find ...
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Stalin's absent-minded signature resulted in Hotel Moskva having two designs?

Is this explanation true/false/unverifiable? Four Seasons Hotel Moscow (Wikipedia): The original hotel was notable for its use of two different designs for the wings off the central structure. ...
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Did a Soviet nail factory produce useless nails to improve metrics?

We've all heard the story, which sounds for all the world like a typical urban legend. It goes something like this: Once upon a time, there was a factory in the Soviet Union that made nails. ...
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Did a group of U.S. women propose to send black kids instead of dogs to space?

In his 1964's book "The third side of dollar", Lithuanian journalist Albertas Laurinčiukas writes: After Laika's flight, a group of women from Mississippi, U.S., sent a letter to the United Nations....
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Were the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany de facto allies in September 1939?

"A German and a Soviet officer shaking hands at the end of the Invasion of Poland." (source) On the 17th of September 1939 the Soviet Union invaded Poland from the east, following a German invasion ...
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Did the Soviet Union ban microwave ovens in 1976?

Some anti-microwave evangelists make the claim that the USSR banned microwave ovens in 1976 following a study which raised health concerns. Sometimes an additional claim is made that the ban lasted ...
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Was Greenpeace ever sponsored by KGB?

I've heard the claim as urban legend many times. Allegedly in 1970s KGB has sponsored various Western "anti-war" movements, especially the ones that could hinder Western nuclear tests. Fact is ...
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Did the USSR have better tanks than Germany in WW2?

Prompted by this question and a comment by matt_black. The T-34 is often cited as the best tank of WW2. However some articles paint a very different picture. Quote: According to the head of the ...
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Did the USSR have 21 thousand tanks at the beginning of WW2?

In the Icebreaker series by Viktor Suvorov, he says that at the beginning of World War 2, the Soviet Union had roughly 7 times as many tanks as Nazi Germany, which had 3000-4000 tanks. I can't ...
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Is this graph of life expectancy pre and post Chernobyl accurate?

Is the following graph of male life expectancy of ex-Soviet states spanning Chernobyl accurate? The source of the graph is a blog post (チェルノブイリ事故後の平均寿命), which according to google translate means "...