Mikhail Kalashnikov Dead at 94

Mikhail Kalashnikov Dead at 94

Mihkail Kalashnikov, creator of the AK-47 assault rifle, is dead. The Soviet firearms craftsman and Russian Lieutenant General was the chief designer of the Soviet-era infantry rifle that would go on to become the most popular rifle in the world. Kalashnikov designed the eponymous rifle as part of a 1946 competition being held to select […]

Khodorkovsky Speaks Out

Khodorkovsky Speaks Out

Mikhail Khodorkovsky is speaking out for the first time in a decade. Once ranked as the richest man in Russia, as well as Forbes’ 16th richest man in the world, Khodorkovsky was a model of success in the post-Soviet era of perestroika. He accumulated a tremendous amount of wealth during the privatization of state-owned assets, […]

Russia Airplane Crashes Killing All 50 on Board

Russia Airplane Crashes Killing All 50 on Board

Russia is reeling with the news that Tatarstan Airlines flight 363 has crashed, killing all 50 people on board the airplane.  The crash occurred at 7:45 p.m. local time Sunday evening.  The Boeing 737 had six crew members and 44 passengers on board when it crashed during a landing attempt at a central Russian airport […]