Category Archives: USSR Events

Yuri and Samantha

Yuri and Samantha 1982 – 1985 In one of the many bizarre, human moments of the Cold War, Samantha Smith, a ten-year-old American school girl, wrote the newly appointed General Secretary of the Soviet Communist Party, Yuri Andropov a letter. … Continue reading

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Pershing II Deployed

Pershing II Deployed 1984 – 1985 The Pershing II missile was designed as a direct counter to the Soviet Intermediate Range Missile, the SS-20. The deployment of 108 of these missiles in West Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom proved … Continue reading

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Aldrich Ames Remix

Aldrich Ames Remix 1985 – 1994 The first known successful penetration of the CIA by the KGB, Aldrich Ames compromised hundreds of CIA operations and provided information that resulted in the execution of 10 US sources. The CIA spent years … Continue reading

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Latin American Debt Crisis

Latin American Debt Crisis 1982 – 1989 A ripple effect from the rise of Middle Eastern oil, Latin American governments experienced phenomenal growth from the 1950’s into the 1970’s. However, this came to an abrupt halt. Unfortunately, even with impressive … Continue reading

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Iran-Contra Scandal

Iran-Contra Scandal 1985 In an effort to secure the release of US hostages in Lebanon, the Reagan administration undertook secret negotiations with Iran involving “arms for hostages.” This was in violation of the stated US policy of never negotiating with … Continue reading

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Ortega Elected in Nicaragua

Ortega Elected in Nicaragua 1985 – 1990 A political dissident since age 16, Daniel Ortega Saavedra spent time in a Managua prison. Upon his release, he fled to Cuba and established relationships which would be vital for the Sandinista movement. … Continue reading

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Glasnost

Glasnost 1985 – 1989 The Russian word for openness, Glasnost was introduced as a public policy by Mikhail Gorbachev. While his long term aim may have been to improve the freedoms of the Russian people, his more immediate goal was … Continue reading

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