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Russian Socialists in the Struggle for Democracy

For the past few weeks, protests for fair elections in upcoming municipal polls have become weekly in Moscow and St. Petersburg as thousands have defied authorities to attend unsanctioned rallies. The police crackdown has been particularly harsh in Moscow. Protests on July 27 and August 3 resulted in over 2000 detentions. Images of police in riot gear wrestling citizens to the ground and beating peaceful protesters were reminiscent of the mass protests against election fraud in 2011-2012.

Members of the Russian Socialist Movement, a small Marxist, anti-Stalinist organization active in the Russian left, have been participants in local electoral campaigns and in the protests. Two RSM activists, Valeria Kovelishina and Ilya Budraitskis talk about the Russian Socialist Movement, their electoral work, the protests for democracy in Russia and what they might mean for the future.

Witnessing the Collapse of Communism

Roundtable discussion marking the 30th anniversary of the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe. Participants include Timothy Garton Ash, Bridget Kendall, and Jens Reich.

The Evictors

Around Moscow, there’s a whole industry of so-called “black creditors” — microfinance institutions (or MFOs) that swindle and seize debtors’ homes. Ivan Golunov’s investigation for Meduza has discovered that almost 500 apartments have been seized from their owners over the past five years without so much as a court order. In fact, this scheme involves more than simply “squeezing” people from their homes. It is possibly part of a wider, international money-laundering system. Here’s Meduza special correspondent Ivan Golunov on the ins and outs of this industry.

Old Newspapers

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I stumbled across quite an interesting Russian website during a search yesterday. The site, ?????? ??????, features complete articles from Soviet newspapers from the 1917 to the 1970s. According to the website’s creators, ?????? ?????? “is not a monument to the Soviet epoch nor a gravestone or epitaph. Rather, it is theater where the themes and decorations, directors and actors constantly alternate though the spectators change for they interpret these newspapers not as they were then, but as they are now. ”

The site features some of the most important newspapers of the Soviet period: Pravda, Izvestiia , Komsomol’skaia pravda, Leningradskaia pravda, Rabochii, Krest’ianskaia gazeta, and many more. The collections vary. Most articles range from roughly the 1930s to the 1960s. I wish that there were more articles from the 1920s since the content of Soviet newspapers was quite amazing. Plus the fact that it would be great to have access to them online since getting a hold a microfilm in the United States for a lot of them is difficult.

Their exhibit for Victory Day is quite impressive.

This articles is featured in Krusenstern’s Blog-Carnival Russian Media.