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  • The black figure running is a common theme in paintings by Alexander Zhdanov. Mr. Krause said the man may be trying to flee communism, just at Zhdanov fled Russia. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

    Art behind the Iron Curtain

    The parallels between Soviet-era repression and Vladimir Putin's authoritarian rule are at the heart of "Lest We Forget: Masters of Soviet Dissent," a new exhibition of paintings and drawings by Leonhard Lapin and the late Alexander Zhdanov at Charles Krause/Reporting Fine Art gallery in Washington.


  • A weeping relative is comforted at the Jakarta, Indonesia, airport as she waits for the news on the Russian airplane that dropped off radar Wednesday afternoon. (Associated Press)

    Russian airliner goes missing on demonstration flight

    A new Russian-made passenger plane went missing over mountains in western Indonesia Wednesday while on a demonstration flight arranged for potential buyers.


  • ** FILE ** The Sukhoi Superjet-100 is displayed outside the aviation factory in Komsomolsk-on-Amur, about 6200 kilometers (3,900 miles) east of Moscow, Russia's, in this Sept. 26. 2007, file photo. An official says air controllers have lost contact with the Russian-made plane similar to this one shown May 9, 2012, carrying 46 people in western Indonesia. (AP Photo/RIA-Novosti, Ruslan Krivobok, File)

    Russian plane with 50 aboard missing in Indonesia

    A new Russian-made passenger plane went missing over mountains in western Indonesia while on a demonstration flight Wednesday arranged for potential buyers. Fifty people were on board, including diplomats, businesspeople and journalists.


  • Soviet hockey great Valeri Vasilyev dies at 62

    Valeri Vasilyev, a standout Soviet Union defenseman who won two Olympic gold medals, has died at 62.


  • BOOK REVIEW: 'It Was a Long Time Ago, And It Never Happened Anyway'

    Anyone who has paid heed to Russia in the two decades since the collapse of communism and the Soviet Union has come to realize that things have not worked out all that well. Those desiring better lives, seeking the freedoms enjoyed by other peoples of the world, threw off the shackles of an authoritarian state that routinely persecuted, imprisoned and murdered its citizens by the millions.


  • Illustration by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

    CARMEN: Newt Gingrich betrayed Ronald Reagan

    Because the Gipper is not here to say, "There you go again!" to Mr. Gingrich, and because the choice of a new president is so critical to the nation today, it falls on us who served with Reagan and are still around to tell America the truth about Mr. Gingrich and his repeated attempts to thwart Reagan's cornerstone achievement: the defeat of global tyranny in the form of the Soviet Union and the final rejection of communism as a failed experiment.


  • BOOK REVIEW: 'Eight Pieces of Empire'

    Lawrence Sheets is a foreign correspondent whose bravery exceeds one's comprehension. For two decades, he risked death covering the violent chaos that followed the collapse of the Soviet Union. The multiple "wars" he covered were not set-piece battles but disorganized carnage by guerrillas and remnants of national armies that smashed cities throughout the old USSR and slaughtered uncountable thousands of people. He survived. And he has produced some of the most gripping war correspondence I have ever read.


  • Doomsday Clock set ahead one minute

    No need to reset your watch, but it's five minutes to midnight on the Doomsday Clock.


  • In anticipation of a new six-year term as president, Vladimir Putin has made forming a Eurasian Union by 2015 a foreign policy priority. (Associated Press)

    Putin seeks power in trade

    Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has a vision for a Soviet Union-lite he hopes will become a new Moscow-led global powerhouse. But, his planned Eurasian Union won't be grounded in ideology: This time it's about trade.


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