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Arseny Avraamov: The forgotten Soviet genius of contemporary music

In Baku, Azerbaijan, then a part of the USSR, a 36-year-old Russian composer by the name of Arseny Avraamov scaled a specially constructed tower. He raised two red flags and started to wave them side to side as he surveyed the metropolitan setting in front of him. One of the most spectacular musical events of the 20th century followed. One that had been all but forgotten up until lately.

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Life and Fate – The Soviet novel ‘too dangerous to read’

For the second installment of BBC Culture’s Banned Books series, Nicholas Barrett writes that Vasily Grossman’s Life and Fate painted an image of the Soviet Union during World War II that highlighted “the grand sweep of history alongside the granular detail within”.

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Mikhail S. Gorbachev, Reformist Soviet Leader, Is Dead at 91.

Mikhail S. Gorbachev, whose rise to power in the Soviet Union propelled a collection of revolutionary changes that transformed the map of Europe and also ended the Cold War that had actually endangered the globe with nuclear annihilation, has actually passed away in Moscow. He was 91.

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