Yeltsin, Putin and the Unholy Alliance with Oligarchy

Boris Yeltsin was re-elected on July 3, 1996. To secure his victory and ward off a Communist Party comeback, he formed an unholy alliance with the oligarchy, setting the stage for today’s regime in Russia. Boris Yeltsin (right in photo) was re-elected with 53.8 percent of the vote – 13 points ahead of his opponent, Gennady…

When the Soviet Union Paid Pepsi in Warships

The company had a long, strange relationship with the U.S.S.R. On April 9, 1990, American newspapers reported on an unusual deal. Pepsi had come to a three billion dollar agreement with the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union had long traded Stolichnaya vodka in return for Pepsi concentrate. But this time, Pepsi got 10 Soviet ships. This…