Tagged: Soviet Union

Buying a Russian mail order wife – She married him for the money and he married her for her body

A bride by mail is a woman who appears in catalogs and is chosen by a man for marriage. In the twentieth century, the trend was especially to women living in developing countries seeking men in most developed countries. In the twenty-first century, the trend is now based primarily on Internet-based meeting place that is not in itself considered mail-order bride services. The majority of women enrolled in the service of the twentieth century and the twenty-first century are from South Asia, the countries of the former Eastern bloc and (to a lesser extent) in Latin America. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, many Eastern European women have reported so, mainly from Russia, Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova. Men who listent in these publications are called “husbands by correspondence”, although this is much less common.

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Nigerian scammer astronaut lost in space needs $3m to get home

The words “Nigerian prince” raise red flags for many readers, as they have become synonymous with a type of fraud known as 419 or system of “advance fee fraud”. Yet many people are still drawn by these letters and emails promising wealth in exchange for sending aid to a non-existent member of royalty Nigeria.

This time, the Nigerian astronaut Abacha Tunde was stuck in space and his cousin, Dr. Bakare Tunde, asked you, the reader, for $ 3 million to bring him home.


Subject: Nigerian Astronaut Wants To Come Home
Dr. Bakare Tunde
Astronautics Project Manager
National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA)
Plot 555
Misau Street PMB 437 Garki, Abuja, FCT NIGERIA

Dear Mr. Sir,


I am Dr. Bakare Tunde, the cousin of Nigerian Astronaut, Air Force Major Abacha Tunde. He was the first African in space when he made a secret flight to the Salyut 6 space station in 1979. He was on a later Soviet spaceflight, Soyuz T-16Z to the secret Soviet military space station Salyut 8T in 1989. He was stranded there in 1990 when the Soviet Union was dissolved. His other Soviet crew members returned to earth on the Soyuz T-16Z, but his place was taken up by return cargo. There have been occasional Progrez supply flights to keep him going since that time. He is in good humor, but wants to come home.

In the 14-years since he has been on the station, he has accumulated flight pay and interest amounting to almost $ 15,000,000 American Dollars. This is held in a trust at the Lagos National Savings and Trust Association. If we can obtain access to this money, we can place a down payment with the Russian Space Authorities for a Soyuz return flight to bring him back to Earth. I am told this will cost $ 3,000,000 American Dollars. In order to access the his trust fund we need your assistance.

Consequently, my colleagues and I are willing to transfer the total amount to your account or subsequent disbursement, since we as civil servants are prohibited by the Code of Conduct Bureau (Civil Service Laws) from opening and/ or operating foreign accounts in our names.

Needless to say, the trust reposed on you at this juncture is enormous. In return, we have agreed to offer you 20 percent of the transferred sum, while 10 percent shall be set aside for incidental expenses (internal and external) between the parties in the course of the transaction. You will be mandated to remit the balance 70 percent to other accounts in due course.

Kindly expedite action as we are behind schedule to enable us include downpayment in this financial quarter.

Please acknowledge the receipt of this message via my direct number 234 (0) 9-234-2220 only.

Yours Sincerely, Dr. Bakare Tunde
Astronautics Project Manager
[email protected]

Why the Cold War is called “cold” – Two superpowers never took direct military action against each other

During the war, there are usually physical fighting between warring countries. However, during this period of history, the United States and the armed forces of the Soviet Union has never met on the battlefield.

The two countries have been constantly react to the actions of the other though. This included espionage, a military weapons competition, industrial and technological developments, and even the moon race. The two countries have spent vast sums of money on defense, nuclear weapons, and support for third wars.

Because both countries are beaten them directly, it was called a “cold” war means that there was no physical fight.

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Opponents of the Cold War often provide economic or military aid, such as weapons, tactical support and military advisers, to nations less involved in conflicts with the opposing country.

There were a number of armed conflicts with the two main players on opposite sides – the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Soviet war in Afghanistan. Arab Israeli wars. Various comes on in Africa. The Indo-Pakistani War.

There was also the Cuban Missile Crisis of which failed in the US and actually shot the USSR to another.

So yes, there was a lot of fighting. But because of nuclear deterrence on both sides have been careful to avoid direct confrontation, fighting by proxy. The United States to suffer about 140,000 victims of the Korean War and about 360 000 injured in the Vietnam war. The Soviets suffered 68,000 casualties in Afghanistan. These figures, although overshadowed by WW2 are nothing to sneeze at either.

Zambia was on their way to beat the US and Soviet Union in the space race

October 30, 1964, TIME magazine reported on the celebration of the independence of Zambia (formerly Northern Rhodesia), with its new president, Kenneth Kaunda.

But as jubilant crowds celebrated, a man complained that the festivities were interfering with his “space program”. Edward Makuka Nkoloso informed the journalist that his Zambian TIME “astronauts” beat both the US and the Soviet Union in the space race – by going to the moon and on Mars.

It was an unusual boast, to say the least. At the time, the population of Zambia had 3.6 million with only 1500 high school graduates born in Africa and less than 100 college graduates. Nkoloso himself was a teacher of elementary school science, and self-proclaimed head of the country (the unofficial) National Academy of Sciences, Space Research and philosophy.

But he had big dreams, namely, using a “firing system” inspired catapult to send an aluminum 10 x 6 and copper rocket containing ten Zambians and an African girl of 17 years (and his cat ) to Mars. He thought he could get them to the moon in 1965. All he needed $ 700 million UNESCO to finance the project.

In an editorial the newspaper said Nkoloso studying Mars for some time telescopes to his “secret headquarters” outside Lusaka, and announced that the planet was populated by primitive natives. (He graciously added that the missionaries would not force indigenous Martians to convert to Christianity.) In fact, he said, it could have achieved the conquest of March just a few days after the independence of Zambia had the UNESCO through financing. Oh, he also called for the holding of Russian and American spies trying to steal his “space secrets” – and her cats.

It’s hard not to love Nkoloso, based on what little we know of it today. Here are a primary school science teacher setting up its own national space program with a small group of students who had to roll downhill in an oil drum of 44 gallons in the context of Nkoloso plan to simulate sensation of rushing through space. zero gravity? He simulated by pivoting them from the end of a long rope, cut the rope when they reached then the culmination they went into free fall. He also taught them to walk on their hands, “the only human so could walk on the moon. ”

Naïve? Ignorant? Sure. Especially in light of its less dedicated volunteers: “They are not going to focus on the space flight, there is too much to make love when they should study the Moon,” he complained. Indeed, astronaut girl vaunted Matha, became pregnant and her parents took her back to their village.

Astronauts could never Nkoloso Mars. Or the moon. Or even Lusaka. The Zambian government has carefully distanced himself from the project. Today, the US is the only country to have successfully landed a spacecraft on Mars, and yet has spearheaded a manned mission to the red planet. But while Nkoloso maybe a little crazy, he clearly pinpointed the future space travel would be a big deal. Zambia and wanted to be a part of it.

No Smiling On The Anniversary of Kim Il-Sung’s Death

Kim Jong-un‘s grandfather, Kim Il-sung, is presented as the benevolent father of the nation. Though he died in 1994, the date of his death, July 8, is a day of nationwide mourning. And North Koreans are expected to grieve and grieve noticeably. The law forbids smiling or even talking loudly on July 8. Kim Jong-il had died of a suspected heart attack while travelling by train to an area outside Pyongyang. He was succeeded by his youngest son Kim Jong-un, who was hailed by the Korean Central News Agency as the “Great Successor”.

The Kim dynasty has ruled North Korea since 1948 for three generations, and still little about the family is publicly confirmed. Kim Il-sung rebelled against Japan’s rule of Korea in the 1930s, which led to his exile in the Soviet Union. … He started the Korean War in 1950 with hopes to reunify the region.

North Korea takes its mourning seriously; when Kim Jong-un’s father, Kim Jong-il, died, citizens were sent to labor camps for not grieving hard enough. This law carries over into any reverential activities surrounding both Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il. No gum-chewing, loud talking, or boisterous behavior is allowed near their statues or during times of paying respect.

A Russian television channel is reportedly producing a series to challenge HBO’s Chernobyl

Moscow Times, writer Ilya Shepelin states director Aleksei Muradov is working with Russian network NTV on its own Chernobyl programme.

There is a theory that the Americans had infiltrated the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and many historians do not deny that on the day of the explosion an agent of the enemy’s intelligence services was present at the station.

Shepelin states the competing series will not present the same conclusions as Craig Mazin‘s drama: that a combination of reckless individual actions and the unchecked pride of the Soviet political system led to the explosion of a faulty nuclear reactor in the former Soviet Ukraine. Craig Mazin, the creator of the HBO series, famously obsessed over minor details such as shoelaces and telephones, and adopted first-hand accounts of survivors to authentically recreate the Soviet Union of the 1980s.

NTV’s Chernobyl, filmed in Belarus, takes far more liberties. A description of the show says that the plot revolves around a CIA agent dispatched to Pripyat to gather intelligence on the Chernobyl nuclear power plant and the Russian counterintelligence agent sent to track him down. If it sounds like fiction, that’s because it is. But the director, Alexey Muradov, said the show “will tell viewers about what really happened back then”.

Sky Original’s Chernobyl was dismissed as a “caricature” in Russia by pro-Kremlin media who said “only we have the right to talk about our history”, according to the Moscow Times. There’s no air date for the series but it’ll be broadcast on state-funded station NTV, known for its pro-Kremlin programming. It received 30 million ($460,000) in funding from the culture ministry, the outlet said.

White Coke – Colourless Version of Coca-Cola

After the end of the Second World War, the esteemed Soviet commander Georgy Konstantinovich Zhukov met with his American counterpart, Dwight D. Eisenhower, for talks over the division of Germany.

During this conference, Zhukov was introduced to Coca-Cola and immediately took a strong liking to it. However, he was reluctant, especially as a Marshal of the Soviet Union, to be identifying himself with American ideals in the form of Coca-Cola, so he made an interesting request.

Would the Americans be so kind as to make Coca-Cola without colouring, as to identify as vodka, a very Russian beverage?

Another American general, Mark Clark, sent Zhukov’s request to the Coca-Cola company, which replied to the affirmative, and with the endorsement of President Truman, created a colourless version of Coca-Cola. This version was sent to the Soviet marshal in special bottles sealed with a white cap and stamped with a Soviet red star.

Thus, this was how the quintessential “Western” drink ironically made its way into the top of Russian leadership during the very beginnings of what would soon become the Cold War, and also how White Coke came about.