Russia bullies a neighbour

The World Today from December 1945: Stalin’s security zone in Iran

The World Today Published 1 April 2015 Updated 5 January 2021 2 minute READ

Alan Philps

Former Editor, The World Today, Communications and Publishing

‘For three years the Russians have been applying the old technique of utilising a disaffected minority for political ends, and now the world has been startled by news of an uprising.’

These words, from the December 1945 edition of The World Today, have a contemporary ring. They could almost apply to Ukraine but in fact the subject is Azerbaijan, in northern Iran. This largely forgotten conflict was a harbinger of the breakdown in relations between the Second World War allies which led to the Cold War.

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