Wayland Rudd Collection Timeline

Soviet Union

Bolshevik Revolution, Soviet Union forms

1917

Soviet Union collapses

1992

Zim's interactions with Soviet Union now Russia becomes limited, Zim looks Westward until a revival of Russian-Zimbabwean relations in the 21st century

Zimbabwe

ZANU forms

1961

ZAPU forms

1963

Patriotic Front forms, allies ZAPU and Zanu

1976

Zimbabwe achieves independence, Mugabe wins election

1980

ESAP: Zim adopts a dual economy, socialist and capitalist parts

1992

Zim adoprs Land Reform Programme, controversial in West

2000

Soviet Union/Russia and Zimbabwe

Soviet Union supports ZAPU to mobilize urban workers

1961

Soviet Union supports Patriotic Front

1976

Zim adopts Look East Policy; China, some Russia

2005

Russia supports Zim on UN Security Council Vote

2008

(Against sanctions, which the US supports)

Russian academics begin flying to Zim to lecture

2010

Soviet Union/Russia in Africa

Soviet Union supports Zim's ZAPU, based mostly in Zambia

Approx. 1961

Soviet Union supports Mozambique’s Marxist-oriented independence party

Approx. 1962

Soviet Union and Zambia establish a diplomatic relationship

1964

Soviet Union and now Republic of the Congo establish a diplomatic relationship

1964

Soviet Union begins to aid the Angolan War for Independence

1965

Soviet Union and Botswana establish a diplomatic relationship

1970

Namibia achieves independence with Soviet aid

1990

Many Russian sponsored schools in Zambia

2009