1991, Ukraine has continued to pursue claims against Russia in foreign courts, seeking to recover its share of the foreign property that was owned by the ussr. Life Expectancy and Mortality Data from the Soviet Union. Penn State University Press. This event would later be officially known in Soviet bibliographies as the Great October Socialist Revolution. Stalin and His Hangmen: An Authoritative Portrait of a Tyrant and Those Who Served Him. According to the last Soviet census in 1989, the Russian "diaspora" in the Soviet republics had reached 25 millions. Beginning in October 1918, the Lenin's government liberalized divorce and abortion laws, decriminalized homosexuality, permitted cohabitation, and ushered in a host of reforms. Life and Terror in Stalin's Russia.