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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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Was the crew dropping the "Tsar Bomba" nuclear bomb given only a 50% chance to survive?

Background The Tsar Bomba was the most powerful nuclear weapon ever created. On 30 October 1961 the Soviet Union experimentally detonated the bomb after dropping it from a plane above Nova Zembla. A ...
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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 ...
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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 more than 2,000 television sets a year explode in Moscow alone, causing injuries and fires?

Paul Milgrom and John Roberts (1992) state without providing any sources: The goods that were available were relatively expensive, shoddy, and often unsafe. For example, more than 2,000 television ...
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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 USSR train East Pakistani separatists?

Here is a video from the defected KGB agent Yuri Bezmenov: Behind Dhaka's fall - Yuri Bezmenov (Ex-KGB Agent) The following is the part of the interview I am intersted in: ... Most of the Awami ...
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