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Did the Soviet Union murder over 20M people under its control after the war?

As it usually is the issue with those questions: what counts as someone being killed by the Soviet Union changes the answer. And that is supposing we have reliable numbers of the cause of deaths in ...
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Is this video of the Soviet Dog Revival Experiment real?

In answer to the question if [what is depicted in linked video] was really possible in 1940? The answer is unequivocally YES - in fact quite a bit earlier. Reanimating a severed head was ...
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Was very little or no new medication developed in the USSR?

Concerning the claim in the question headline: it might be difficult to properly define "very little", compare that to Western medicine. Then start an argument about what counts statistically as… ...
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Did 57% of people in France believe that the USSR contributed the most to the defeat of Nazi Germany in 1945?

Yes, it is true This document (PDF, in french) is a summary of the recent and previous polling by IFOP, written by IFOP and hosted on their website. Page 5 has the question, and a table with answers ...
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Was the KGB using leftists to "destabilize" nations?

These kinds of claims did not originate with Yuri Bezmenov, and he is not claiming some kind of scoop. For example, the phrase "useful idiot" was not popularized by anyone in Russia but by anti-...
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Did a Soviet nail factory produce useless nails to improve metrics?

I can't find examples of nails, but there's a concrete example of chemical equipment where a factory avoided switching to producing superior models because they were lighter... and their output was ...
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Did 40% of the NKVD (Soviet police) leadership have Jewish nationality?

This is an at one time accurate and still highly misleading number. The total numbers and ratios of Jews in that organisation varied enormously. While true for at 'the highest point', this point is ...
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Did secret police in the Eastern Bloc use X-ray machines to give people cancer?

This claim comes (according to multiple Wikipedia pages) from Crampton, R. J. (1997), Eastern Europe in the twentieth century and after, Routledge This is a relatively scholarly book, however this ...
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Did Dr. Nikolay Chudinov revive Permian bacteria found in a potassium salt crystal in Perm, 1972?

Looks true. Although there seems to be some remaining controversy over definitions between alive, re-animate, survive, dead etc. For example: Where the bacteria 'alive' while no longer metabolising ...
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Did Stalin kill more than 10 million People?

According to Hitler vs. Stalin: Who Killed More?, by Timothy David Snyder, who is a history professor at Yale University specializing in eastern Europe: Judging from the Soviet records we now have, ...
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Did 80% of Soviet males born in 1923 die in WWII?

That seems high? I expect "80%" possible and even plausible, but the one piece of data which I'm going to present (below) suggests "40%", There's data referenced in Uncounted Costs of World War II: ...
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Does Liberation Theology have its roots from the KGB and the Soviet Union?

Professor Matthew Shadle writes: Pacepa’s story also really has no explanation of how the actual theology came to be. For starters, although Gustavo Gutiérrez’s seminal work A Theology of ...
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Were the Soviet Union and Nazi Germany de facto allies in September 1939?

Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact merely involves partitioning of Poland. If that pact is considered an alliance, then what is generally sanitized as "Munich" or "Munich Conference" in Anglosphere would also ...
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Did Lenin say "destroy the family, you destroy the country", and if so in what context?

The one thing somewhat like the quote that he wrote, in 1914, was: A new form of family, new conditions in the status of women and in the upbringing of the younger generation are prepared by the ...
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Was this Communist Party Directive from 1943 genuine?

It seems quite incompatible with recorded history. One expert verdict of "made-up" is already in the question. Proving a negative is not easy. But there is plenty of circumstantial evidence to ...
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Does this photo depict a human flesh market during the Russian famine?

I don't see any evidence presented in the other anwer that this was a "flesh market" photo. To the contrary, some other similar photos have clearly documented circumstances that these were ...
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Did 80% of Soviet males born in 1923 die in WWII?

Depending on what version of this claim you read, they will state 80% died "in WWII" or "did not survive WWII". Either way, the implication is 80% of the male population of 1923 was killed during ...
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Did a Soviet nail factory produce useless nails to improve metrics?

The book Social Problems in a Free Society: Myths, Absurdities, and Realities by Myles J. Kelleher (alt link) documents many of the idiosyncrasies of Soviet planned economy. It mentions the nail ...
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Did the US break several treaties with the USSR/Russia after 1918?

As explained in Train Wreck: The U.S. Violation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (Georgetown Public Law and Legal Theory Research Paper No. 12-128): The United States is violating a multilateral ...
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Does Liberation Theology have its roots from the KGB and the Soviet Union?

For this claim, there appears to be extremely little by way of actual evidence. In deed, it seems only the claims of Ion Mihai Pacepa in the linked essay, and an interview, are ever referenced as ...
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Was the KGB using leftists to "destabilize" nations?

Oleg Gordievsky was a KGB colonel who spied for the British. In his autobiography "Next stop execution" he writes about his work with "agents of influence" and "confidential contacts of influence". ...
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Did Lenin say "destroy the family, you destroy the country", and if so in what context?

It is almost an exact quote from Lenin's time, but not by Lenin. Instead, in 1918, Sir John Robertson, the Medical Officer of Health for Birmingham, UK said: To destroy the family is to destroy ...
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Did a Soviet nail factory produce useless nails to improve metrics?

Seems pretty clearly a joke grown into an urban legend. See, e.g., this memoir by Pail Craig Roberts: A famous Soviet cartoon depicted the manager of a nail factory being given the Order of Lenin ...
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Did the US / UK supply the Russians with machinery before or during the Cold War?

According to the Economic Review of the Soviet Union : Among American firms represented were the following: ... Cincinnati Milling Machine Co. ... Cincinnati Milling Machine Company was a maker ...
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Did the US / UK supply the Russians with machinery before or during the Cold War?

According to Empire of the Clouds by James Hamilton-Paterson, in 1945 Rolls-Royce sold Nene and Derwent engines to the USSR; permission was given by Sir Stafford Cripps, president of the Board of ...
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Was this Communist Party Directive from 1943 genuine?

Well, there is some evidence here, although I'm not sure how to interpret it. Still, I haven't found the directive either. The National Republic, Volumes 30-31 published a relevant article, but ...
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Did Dr. Nikolay Chudinov revive Permian bacteria found in a potassium salt crystal in Perm, 1972?

It turns out there is a film about this study — Узники пермского моря (1970) (Wikipedia) — in which experiments are shown and the methodology is explained. It is in Russian. The film summarizes the ...
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Is the March of the Immortal Regiment a cult of the German Third Reich?

It is utterly and completely untrue to say that the tradition of holding parades and marches to celebrate a victory comes from Nazi Germany. Victory parades were held in Ancient Roman times, and have ...
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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?

Here is the French original. But in a translated version of the book, I discovered, following one chapter's footnotes: Olga Michakova, secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Youth ...
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Was Ignaty Karpezo buried alive and then found alive?

in "The Bloody Triangle: The Defeat of Soviet Armor in the Ukraine, June 1941" by Victor Kamenir, you can read in the "Battle of Dubno - June 26-27":
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