4 January 1980. Boycott of the Moscow Olympics is announced by Jimmy Carter and followed by 60 other states

Tells the story of Russian history in just 30 minutes.

1 January 1961. Major monetary reform takes place in Soviet Union as old banknotes are replaced with new ones in ratio of 10:1

1 January Major monetary reform takes place in Soviet Union as old banknotes are replaced with new ones in ratio of

3 January 1993. START II, the Second Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, is signed by George Bush and Boris Yeltsin in Moscow

3 January START II, the Second Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, is signed by George Bush and Boris Yeltsin in Moscow

13 January 1991. Soviet troops attack a peaceful mass-protest in Vilnius Lithuania killing 14 and wounding over 1000

13 January Soviet troops attack a peaceful mass-protest in Vilnius Lithuania killing 14 and wounding over 1000

15 January 1891. Russian poet Osip Mandelstam is born

15 January Russian poet Osip Mandelstam is born

20 January 1990. A massacre of over 140 peaceful Azerbaijani protesters takes place in Baku and is known as "Black January"

20 January A massacre of over 140 peaceful Azerbaijani protesters takes place in Baku and is known as "Black January"

6 January 1972. A prominent writer and one of the founders of Russian dissident movement, Vladimir Bukovsky, is sentenced for "anti-Soviet propaganda"

6 January A prominent writer and one of the founders of Russian dissident movement, Vladimir Bukovsky, is sentenced for "anti-Soviet propaganda"

11 January 1928. Trotsky is deported to Alma-Ata for a year by Stalin before ultimately being banished from the Soviet Union

11 January Trotsky is deported to Alma-Ata for a year by Stalin before ultimately being banished from the Soviet Union

16 January 1547. Ivan the Terrible becomes the Czar

Ivan the Terrible, part I Sergei Eisenstein) / Cinematography by Andrei Moskvin, Eduard Tisse (exteriors)

21 January 1924. Vladimir Lenin dies

A brief history of Vladimir Ilyich Lenin. Who was Lenin? Vladimir I Lenin was the first and foremost ideological and political leader of Soviet Russia.

22 January 1905. The imperial guard open fire at a peaceful demonstration of people led by mong Father Gapon in the events that became known as Bloody Sunday

22 January The imperial guard open fire at a peaceful demonstration of people led by mong Father Gapon in the events that became known as Bloody Sunday

25 January 1982. Mikhail Suslov dies

Suslov was an ultra-reactionary and conservative

2 January 1703. Vedomosti, the first Russian printed newspaper comes out on orders of Peter the Great

2 January Vedomosti, the first Russian printed newspaper comes out on orders of Peter the Great

5 January 1762. Russian Empress Elizabeth dies

Empress Elizabeth successfully continued her father Peter the Great's policy.

7 January 2009. Russia cuts off gas flow to Southeastern Europe through Ukraine for 23 days in a gas dispute over the alleged debt of 2.4 billion to Gazprom

7 January Russia cuts off gas flow to Southeastern Europe through Ukraine for 23 days in a gas dispute over the alleged debt of billion to Gazprom

8 January 1902. Stalin’s close associate and Khrushchev’s bitter rival, Georgy Malenkov is born

8 January Stalin’s close associate and Khrushchev’s bitter rival, Georgy Malenkov is born

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