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The springs of Tskaltubo are believed to have healing powers and could even promote immortality.

27 haunting photos show the crumbling ruins of an abandoned Soviet-era spa resort once used by Joseph Stalin

Go inside the ruins of an abandoned Soviet-era spa resort used by Joseph Stalin, where the thermal springs were once called the waters of immortality.

HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’ series invented a main character to depict the world’s worst nuclear power plant accident

Ulana Khomyuk represents a composite of several Soviet scientists, but some experts have challenged the accuracy of her character.
K-278 Komsomolets

A sunken one-of-a-kind Soviet nuclear sub appears to be leaking radiation into the sea

Forty-two Russian sailors died when the nuclear sub Komsomolets sank 30 years ago. Researchers just detected elevated radiation levels near the wreck.
A young Chinese man holds up a sign that says "We no longer trust dirty public servants. We trust Mr. Democracy" during an occupation of Tiananmen Square in Beijing in 1989. The exact date on which this was taken is not known.

30 years after Tiananmen Square massacre, China is more authoritarian than ever but also more capitalist

The Tiananmen square massacre on June 4, 1989, shaped China as we know it today. In the three decades since, China traded freedom for economic growth.

How Soviet troops taunted the Nazis during their final drive to Berlin in World War II

Amid the chaos and destruction in Germany during the final days of World War II, Soviet forces found other, nonmilitary ways to torment their foes.

What it was like in the room when Nazi Germany finally surrendered to end World War II in Europe

On May 8, 1945, the remnants of Nazi Germany's military leadership surrendered to Allied forces, bringing six years of bloodshed to an end.
Russian President Putin attends a meeting with businessmen in Moscow

13 mind-blowing facts about Russia’s economy

As Russia continues to try to reassert itself as a global power, it faces many struggles. Here are some mind-blowing facts about Russia's economy.
Soldiers from different countries during the opening ceremony of the 2018 NATO Summit at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, July 11, 2018.

On its 70th anniversary, NATO is bigger than ever — here are its 29 members in action

NATO was formed 70 years ago, as Europe recovered from World War II. The alliance has only grown and is now poised to welcome its 30th member.
A Polish army PT-91 tank during NATO exercise Silver Arrow 2017 in Latvia.

These are 6 of NATO’s worst crises in 70 years as the world’s most powerful military alliance

From the Berlin Wall and the Cuban Missile Crisis to the September 11 attacks, here are 6 times in its history that NATO faced a crisis.

These 17 photos show Finland’s brutally cold World War II battle with the Soviet Union

While the Nazi war machine swept over mainland Europe, the Soviet Union launched a frigid attack on its vastly outnumbered neighbor: Finland.