The Communist Revolution in the Soviet Union led to a totalitarian dictatorship that killed or imprisoned tens of millions of people. It was a period of cruelty that’s not forgotten in Russia today. However, some former Communist rulers are in current day Russia’s government. This means there’s a complicated relationship with the Soviet past because some rulers want to bring back some Soviet-era practices. Listen to this story to understand how Russia’s Communist past still plays a role in present-day politics.
Story Length: 5:08
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AIR DATE: 11/07/2007
These levels of listening complexity can help teachers choose stories for their students. The levels do not relate to the content of the story, but to the complexity of the vocabulary, sentence structure and language in the audio story.
These stories are easier to understand and are a good starting point for elementary students or English learners.
These stories have an average language challenge for middle and high school students, and can be scaffolded for English learners.
These stories have challenging vocabulary and language and students may need to have some background knowledge to understand the story.