Ephraim of Philotheou, also known as Elder Ephraim, an archimandrite and former abbot of Philotheou Monastery on Mount Athos, made a frightening prediction about the future of the world. According to him, "horrific years" are in store for the world
When Gagarin was flying into space, no one even hoped that the cosmonaut would ever return. On April 12th, 1961 the Soviet Union achieved an incredible accomplishment: the USSR left the USA behind in the most prestigious race of all. Soviet citizen Yuri Gagarin became the first man, who orbited planet Earth in a manned spacecraft and returned home
It is impossible to speak or write about the doomsday in the past tense. The Caribbean crisis, which broke out in October 1962, could have become the doomsday. At that time the Soviet Union and the United States for the first time were ready in earnest to start a nuclear war
Modern European monarchy is, perhaps, one of the most discussed topics in relation to Europe. Some are happy about the cultivated tradition and strongly support the monarchy in the EU, while some are very unhappy with the ruling family and call it a sham. The latter are largely right as the monarchs have forgotten about their responsibilities
On March 22, 1943, members of the Ukrainian OUN-UPA death squad burned alive 149 residents of the village of Khatyn (including 75 children) in Belarus. Many years have passed since the blood-chilling crime, but the main question remains: who gave the order to destroy Khatyn? Who exactly set the barn full of people on fire?
On December 25, 1979, at 3:00 p.m., Soviet troops crossed the border of Afghanistan. As many as 500,000 Soviet soldiers took part in the war in Afghanistan. During the 1990s, there was a trend in the Russian society to criticize the war. However, the people used to criticize everything that was related to the Soviet Union
Sometimes you come across books with an appearance simple and almost harmless. Their title perhaps suggests you a content already read or known, so that nothing new can stimulate the interest and imagination of the reader. Indeed, quite the opposite: some titles make you want to leave there a book that you think will be boring and sleepy, a book...
While there has been an overall decline in the prevalence of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) across countries, this progress is likely to be offset by rapid population growth in countries where FGM occurs, unless efforts to eliminate the practice are renewed in light of recent research, and urgently stepped up.
The scar on the head of the American president Barack Obama that extends from the top of his head to the right ear has generated plenty of rumors. It is hard to say who was the first one to pay attention to the enigma of the untimely death of American presidents elected in years divisible by 20
The Americans landed on the Moon in 1969. The success of the Apollo program was not only a remarkable technical achievement. This achievement proved the political predominance of the United States of America. The Soviet leadership realized that fact perfectly. The USSR was the only country that did not air the live broadcast of the first ever...
Shortly before Christmas, many Catalans (residents of Catalonia, Spain) put up little figurines to arrange the Nativity Scene in front of their houses. This is a common tradition both in the USA and Europe. However, somewhere in a corner of this traditional Christmas installation, the Spaniards put a figurine of a little man who is busy defecating
An opinion poll conducted by Levada Center to mark the December anniversary of the signing of Belavezha Accords, more than half of Russians (56%) regret the collapse of the USSR. A lot has been said and written about the Accords, but one can distinguish between two basic opinions on the subject
Under-funded and facing huge demand for their services, non-state domestic violence centres offer women anonymity, confidentiality and comprehensive housing, psychological, legal and social support. As long as Marina can remember, she has suffered violence. When she was eight, she was repeatedly raped by her two step-brothers.