Even as Ethel Rosenberg was strapped into the electric chair for spying for Moscow in 1953, decrypted cables might have spared her. But they were released only decades later.
In Ukraine, those who witnessed the 1986 nuclear disaster say the HBO miniseries got everything right—except the people. Still, it’s closer to the truth than the Kremlin version.
Schoolteachers, archeologists, linguists and mathematicians worked on the Venona project breaking unbreakable Soviet code from WWII. They were heroes. But some had deep regrets.
Igor Gouzenko was a lowly Soviet cipher clerk when he turned the world order upside down in 1945. Nobody could have predicted the espionage hysteria his defection would unleash.
The new five-part miniseries, premiering May 6, examines the Chernobyl nuclear disaster—and the brave people who sacrificed their lives to reveal the shocking truth.
This was no normal sporting event. It was a replay of a lost war.
Hardliners in the Kremlin and the military imagine they can return to the supposed glory days of the Soviet Union by trapping people and money inside Russia's borders.