Monday, December 26, 2011 | Categories: Episodes
Part Three of The Current
Looking back at the day of the Soviet dis-Union - Anna Maria Tremonti
Twenty years ago today, a red star went down in the east and the Soviet Union officially ceased to exist. We aired a report by Anna Maria Tremonti when she was a CBC foreign correspondent covering the historic events on the death of the Soviet Union. She joined Piya in studio.
Looking back at the day of the Soviet dis-Union - Andrei Soldatov
We started this segment with the anthem of the Soviet Union, which died along with Soviet Union twenty years ago. We aired a bit of Russia's current anthem. The words may be different but the song remains the same.
And no where is that continuation from the former USSR to Russia more evident than in the Russian security services. Andrei Soldatov has seen how the FSB, the successor of the KGB, works uncomfortable up close and personal. He is the co-Author of The New Nobility: The Restoration of Russia's Security State and the Enduring Legacy of the KGB. Andrei Soldatov joined us from Moscow.
Last Word - Ronald Reagan
You've just been hearing about the last day of the Soviet Union. It's passing may not have left much to mourn -- but there was a certain kind of cynical joke that disappeared along with the hammer and sickle. Ronald Reagan said he liked to collect them and would often use them to warm up audiences.
Reagan's audiences were usually warm already and would roar at just about any joke the former president told about Commies -- but we ended the program today with a few of the better stories.
Other segments from today's show: