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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.

Nation, Nationality, and Empire

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Guest:

Ronald Grigor Suny is the William H. Sewell Jr. Distinguished University Professor of History at the University of Michigan, Emeritus Professor of Political Science and History at the University of Chicago, and Senior Researcher at the National Research University – Higher School of Economics in Saint Petersburg, Russia. He is the author of many books including The Baku Commune, 1917-1918: Class and Nationality in the Russian Revolution; Armenia in the Twentieth Century; The Making of the Georgian Nation; Looking Toward Ararat:  Armenia in Modern History; The Revenge of the Past:  Nationalism, Revolution, and the Collapse of the Soviet Union; The Soviet Experiment:  Russia, the USSR, and the Successor States; and “They Can Live in the Desert But Nowhere Else:” A History of the Armenian Genocide. His most recent book is Red Flag Unfurled: History, Historians, and the Russian Revolution published by Verso.

Music:

System of a Down, “Toxicity,” Toxicity, 2001.