May 8, 1984: "Twelve weeks before the opening ceremony of the Los Angeles Olympic Games, the USSR has announced it is boycotting them. It is expected most of the Eastern Bloc will follow suit... The Soviet Union accused the United States of using the games "for political purposes" and "stirring up anti-Soviet propaganda" and of having a "cavalier attitude to security of Russian Athletes" (courtesy: http://news.bbc.co.uk/onthisday/hi/dates/stories/may/8/newsid_2518000/2518931.stm)
Oct 9 - ON THIS DAY in 1975, Andrei Sakharov, the Soviet physicist who helped build the USSR's first hydrogen bomb, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his struggle against "the abuse of power and violations of human dignity in all its forms."
Memorial, a human rights organization founded by Andrei Sakharov, is to be dismantled and declared a foreign agent by Putin's government. A protester holds a sign reading "I am waiting for changes" at an opposition rally in 2012.
The autobiography of Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani schoolgirl who was shot by the Taliban for supporting girls’ education, will be released on Tuesday, a day before the one-year anniversary of the Taliban attack that almost killed her.