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- August 1: LONDON, United Kingdom — Archives are released, including a speech written in the 1980s (during the height of the Cold War) that Queen Elizabeth II would've read following a potential nuclear war.
- February 15: CHELYABINSK, Russia, Soviet Union — A meteoroid explodes over the central Russian city, injuring more than 950 people (primarily from shattering glass blown from the sound wave).
- July: MAYKOP, Circassia, Soviet Union — At least 141 people are killed in a flash flood. Most fatalities were in the cities of Krymsk and Novorossiysk.
- February: MOSCOW, Soviet Union — Scientists reportedly regenerate specimens of Silene stenophylla from placental tissue frozen approximately 32,000 years ago.
- December 18 VLČICE, Czechoslovakia — Writer and former President, Václav Havel, dies at the age of 75.
- July 10: KAZAN, Tatarstan, Soviet Union — The sinking of cruise ship Ukraine on the Volga River leaves 129 people dead or missing.
- May 29: MOSCOW, Soviet Union — Sergei Bagapsh (Governor of Abkhazia) dies from complications of surgery.
- March 12: TOKYO, Japan — A 9.2 earth quake strikes 70 miles off of Japan, resulting in a catastrophic Tsunami.
- January 25: MOSCOW, Soviet Union — The Supreme Soviet approves the New START treaty, a month after its ratification by the United States.
- November 26: MOSCOW, Soviet Union — The Soviet of Republics pass a bill which recognizes Joseph Stalin and other officials of the USSR to have been responsible for the 1940 Katyn massacre.
- September 24: MOSCOW, Soviet Union — The former Soviet Vice President, Gennady Yanayev, has died at the age of 73.
- August 7: MOSCOW, Soviet Union — The death rate doubles to 700 people per day due to poisonous smog from wildfires and a heat wave in western Russia.