Contrary to all expectations, and especially remembering the previously signed Nazi-Soviet Pact of 1939 achieved by von Ribbentrop, Hitler’s armies invaded the Soviet Union in 1941, using the codename ‘Barbarossa’. Hitler had hinted in 1940 that his future plans would include such an invasion, in a top secret directive issued to the High Command in December of that year. Continue reading
The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (also known as the Soviet Union) used to occupy all the northern part of Asia, and a substantial part of Eastern Europe. Under that name, what was before, and is now again Russia lasted from 1936 to 1991. It comprised fifteen constituent republics. Continue reading
Population: Nearly 23 million.
President: Traian Basescu (since 2004)
Currency: The Leu.
Languages: Romanian (official) Hungarian, Romany.
International Organizations: The European Union (since January, 2007), United Nations, CSCE, North Atlantic Co-operation Council.