You will match letters A-E to each country on the blank map, using the description below but not the country name. Use the map on pp 2-3 of Goldman to locate countries. Chechnya (just north of Georgia) and Russian Kaliningrad enclave (between Poland and Lithuania) are not on the map.
Former Soviet republics or regions:
Latvia Capital in Riga, annexed three times by Russians
Lithuania First republic to declare independence from USSR
Estonia Speaks Finno-Ugric language; watched Finnish TV
Russia Still the largest country on Earth
Kaliningrad Russian enclave; part of German East Prussia before WWII
Ukraine Site of Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986.
Belarus Historically close to Russians; capital in Minsk
Moldova Speaks Romantic language like Romanian.
Georgia Orthodox and Caucasian; capital in Tbilisi
Azerbaijan Turkic Muslim oil-rich state that lost Nagorno-Karabakh.