Friday, April 11, 2014

Some Russian lawmakers want to investigate and prosecute Gorby


Gorbachev was the last leader of the Soviet Union. Under his leadership the Soviet Union became Russia and all of the smaller countries that had made up the Soviet Union became independent states.  Basically, Gorbachev ended the system of 'communism' in Russia and allowed the Soviet Union to break up into smaller states.

Now some members of Russia's Congress (the Duma) want Gorbachev to be investigated and arrested because they believe that he destroyed something amazing. Of course, all of this happened from 1989 to 1991, and it is now 2014.

Here is an article about this topic:

http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/lawmakers-want-gorbachev-investigated-over-collapse-of-soviet-union/497838.html

Vocabulary to help you understand the article:

to collapse - when something falls apart or falls down, it collapses

pro-Kremlin - they support 'the Kremlin' (basically they support Vladimir Putin). 'anti' means against

a faction - a political group with a particular belief system

a prosecutor - someone who takes 'criminals' to court to try to punish them for the benefit of society

dissolution - break up

illegitimate - not lawful, wrong, not genuine

thorough - complete (pronounced THUR oh)

reaping - after you sow (plant) seeds, the seeds grow and then you reap (cut down and gather) the crop (the fruit or vegetable). To reap something is to get the consequences of something

hardline - uncompromising; if someone is a hardliner, he/she refuses to change his/her opinion and has extremely strong beliefs

a coup - when the military tries to take over the government

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Yes, I'm the English teacher who caused the huge scandal in Asia:

http://nwww.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20100511000742

http://nwww.koreaherald.com/view.php?ud=20100512000682

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