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On this day: 21 August 1968, Russian Soldiers in Prague

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On August 21, 1968, the Soviet Union along with four other states of the Socialist camp – Bulgaria, Hungary, the German Democratic Republic, and Poland – brought troops into Czechoslovakia, triumphantly ending the streak of the Czechoslovak struggle for independence, which went down in history as the Prague spring.
Once in the office, the newly elected in January of 1968, the First Secretary of the Czechoslovak Communist Party Aleksandr Dubcek formed a progressive government, which laid a course for perestroika and glasnost, introducing freedom of speech and freedom of assembly. Without changing the core values of socialism, he made an attempt to build “socialism with a human face.” Tolerant at first, gradually, the Soviet government started having concerns as to how far Dubcek would go with his reforms. They feared, that should Dubcek pursue such democratized interior policy, Czechoslovakia’s dependence on Moscow would weaken, simultaneously jeopardizing the loyalty of other member …

Sergey Yesenin: My Life

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It appears, my life is fated to torment;
My way is dammed up by grief and distress.
My life has been severed from fun and enjoyment,
Vexation and wounds are afflicting my chest.

It seems I"m fated to suffer from pain.
All I have in this life are bad luck and misfortune.
I have suffered enough in this life, and again
Both my body and soul have been put to the torture.

The expanse, vast and hazy, promises joy,
Sighs and tears, however, are the real solutions.
A storm will break out, the thunder - oh boy! -
Will ruin the magical luscious illusions.

Now I know life"s deception, and nevertheless
I don"t want to complain of bad luck and misfortune.
So my soul doesn"t suffer from grief and distress,
No one ever can help to relieve me from torture.

1911-1912