It's completely baffling how a large aircraft, like Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, could disappear. It's no less disturbing when a small plane vanishes. That happened in Russia two years ago.
When you see his photos, you can understand why Christopher Herwig spent 12 years traveling through the former Soviet Union, taking pictures of Soviet-era bus stops.
Kharkov's Zoo in eastern Ukraine has been in the news over a shortage of funding and food. But when Kharkov-born writer Alina Simone saw the news, it hit even closer to home. Her dad worked as a night watchman at the zoo.
The man who shot JFK in Dallas — Lee Harvey Oswald — first defected to the former Soviet Union and worked in a factory in Minsk. He married there and was under the watchful eye of Soviet intelligence, before he decided to return to the US. His former co-workers remember him fondly and refuse to believe he shot President Kennedy.
Igor Butman grew up in the Soviet Union, where he learned jazz from listening to nightly broadcasts of the Voice of America on shortwave radio, and from bootleg records.