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The Hughes Glomar Explorer off the coast of Catalina Island, Calif., in August 1975, a year after its secret CIA mission to raise a Soviet sub that sank in the Pacific Ocean. This was one of the CIA's most elaborate and expensive operations. The CIA has just declassified new documents that show the Soviets were suspicious, but never actually knew what the Americans were doing. AP hide caption

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How The CIA Found A Soviet Sub — Without The Soviets Knowing

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Stanislav Petrov, a former Soviet military officer, poses at his home in 2015 near Moscow. In 1983, he was on duty when the Soviet Union's early warning satellite indicated the U.S. had fired nuclear weapons at his country. He suspected, correctly, it was a false alarm and did not immediately send the report up the chain of command. Petrov died at age 77. Pavel Golovkin/AP hide caption

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NPR journalist Alina Selyukh makes oreshki, a cookie from the former Soviet Union. The walnut-shaped cookies, which have a rich, nutty filling, were popular during a time when people had to make do with limited ingredients. NPR hide caption

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Nowe Miasto in Warsaw, Poland. Today, there are fewer milk bars like this one than in the Soviet era. But Poles are embracing these diners once again for their cheap Polish food. Ana Paula Hirama/Flickr hide caption

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Poles Return To A Taste Of Their Communist Past: Cheap Milk Bars

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A gargantuan, arch-shaped, steel and concrete shelter is slowly being moved to cover the exploded Chernobyl nuclear reactor in Ukraine. The process, which will take several days, represents a significant step toward securing the site of the world's worst nuclear accident. AP hide caption

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In 1955, British spy Kim Philby denied working for the Soviet Union. Eight years later, he defected to Moscow. He went on to speak to Stasi agents in East German, in an event that was captured on film. Harold Clements/Getty Images hide caption

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Kim Philby Speaking In 1981

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Anna Akhmatova, who lived from 1889 to 1966, was a beacon of artistic courage in the face of repression during Soviet times. Her work is now receiving renewed attention. Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images hide caption

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An Unexpected Revival For A Beloved Russian Poet

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Ionel Talpazan's "Fundamental UFO". Courtesy of Henry Boxer Gallery hide caption

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Boyhood Encounter With UFO Inspired Art That Soared Around The World

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This photo provided by the U.S. Government, presented during a trial, shows a photo of Irek Hamidullin surrendering after being wounded by U.S. forces in Afghanistan on Nov. 29, 2009. AP hide caption

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From Blueprints To Betrayal: The Daring, And Downfall, Of A Cold War Spy

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Visitors check out the Soviet-era metro cars exhibited at the Partizanskaya subway station in Moscow, as part of festivities marking the subway system's 80th anniversary. Pavel Golovkin/AP hide caption

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Glory Of Moscow's 80-Year-Old Subway Tainted By Stalin Connections

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The new Russian Armata T-14 tank shown during the Victory Day military parade in the Red Square in Moscow, on Saturday. Yuri Kochetkov/EPA/Landov hide caption

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Russia Celebrates WWII Victory Over Germany

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Written during the Soviet era, Mikhail Bulgakov's classic novel, The Master and Margarita, continues to resonate in today's Russia. Sovfoto/UIG via Getty Images hide caption

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Bulgakov's 'Master' Still Strikes A Chord In Today's Russia

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An Oct. 28, 1985 photo of John A. Walker Jr., being escorted by a federal marshal as he leaves the Montgomery County Detention Center in Rockville, Md., enroute to a federal court in Baltimore. He was ultimately sentenced to life in prison on espionage charges. Bob Daugherty/AP hide caption

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