Nikita Khrushchev became infamous for many things, one of which was banging his shoe (which some debate actually is what he did) on a desk in protest at a U.N. meeting. The Soviet Union officially condemned colonialism, but he was enraged when a delegate from the Philippines called him out on the double standard asContinue reading “Fun Fact: Nikita Khrushchev Shoe”
While the story might of been panned by critics, I still loved it. Probably my favorite of the films when it came to the boxing part. The movie came out when tensions between America and the Soviet Union were reaching all-time highs. I still wonder if they released the film there or not. I hateContinue reading “Things I Like: Rocky IV (1985 Film)”
Lepa Radic was a Yugoslav communist who was executed by the Germans during World War II for firing at their soldiers. The Germans offered her a chance to live, if she snitched on her comrades and leaders. During her last moments (at the age of 17 no less), she vowed they’d let themselves be known,Continue reading “Fun Fact: Lepa Radic”
Trofim Lysenko was the favorite biologist of Joseph Stalin. Except he believed in Lamarckism and his pseudoscience led to Soviet and Chinese famines. He was eventually disgraced at the end of his life and lost all control and immunity from criticism.
Nikolai Vavilov was a scientist in the early days of the Soviet Union. He believed in evolution by natural selection along with Mendelian inheritance. Stalin believed in the pseudoscience of Lamarckism and eventually imprisoned him where he died. Nikita Kruschev later pardoned him after death and proclaimed him a hero of Soviet science.