Russia's lower house of parliament has approved a resolution recognizing that Josef Stalin's regime was responsible for the 1940 massacre of more than 20,000 Polish officers, signaling a thawing of relations between Poland and Russia, state media reported.
Getting into North Korea was one of the weirdest processes VBS has ever dealt with. After we went back and forth with their representatives for months, they finally said they were going to allow 16 journalists to come and cover the Arirang Mass Games in Pyongyang. Just before our departure, they suddenly said, "No, nobody can come." Then they said, "OK, OK, you can come. But only as tourists." But they already knew we were journalists, and over there if you get caught being a journalist when you're supposed to be a tourist you go to jail. We don't like jail. And we're willing to bet we'd hate jail in North Korea.
Two sentences inscribed above the refurbished entrance hall of Moscow's Kurskaya metro station are causing great agitation for survivors of Russian labor camps.Yuri Fidelgoldsh, who had five ribs removed after imprisonment six decades ago, is one of the offended survivors.
The mood is as black and sour as a canned olive. Flat is the new up. Every industry is either in the tank or circling the bowl. But wait! Not every one. There is, ladies and gentlemen, one area of vigor in this challenging environment, and those of us who are smart, savvy, and bent on survival would be well advised to jump on board.
A frail Irene Famulak clutched her brother on the airport tarmac, her arm wrapped around him in a tight embrace, tears streaming down their faces. It was the first time since 1942 they had seen each other, when she was 17 and he was just 7.
Galina Dzhugashvili, a granddaughter of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin who challenged widely accepted accounts of her father's internment at a Nazi prison camp, has died in Moscow, a hospital official said Tuesday. She was 69.
FIRING PEOPLE may be the hardest task a manager has to do, for while it can be relatively easy to decruit a group of individuals at a distance, nobody likes the prospect of having to execute another person one-on-one. Joseph Stalin, who was as good at it as any senior manager in history, put it perfectly: "The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a statistic." Stalin might have been the worst guy ever to work for, but at least he wasn't guided by sentiment. And good for him, I say. This is business, not preschool.