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Biculturalism and the Apollo-Soyuz Mission

The final two short audio pieces from the Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia. “A Brief Conversation on Biculturalism” by Alexandra Diouk and “Remembering the 1975 Apollo-Soyuz Mission: 45 years of US-Russian Space Cooperation” by Lisa Becker.

Trash Protests and Leninopad

Two short audio pieces from the Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia. “The Great Russian Trash Crisis” by Seth Farkas and  “An Empty Pedestal: Ukraine after Leninopad” by Sabrina Beaver.

The Baltics In-Between

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Over the last decade, the Baltics have reappeared on the world stage. Once again, these former “captive nations” are on the frontier of another geopolitical contest between Russia and the “West.” Headlines periodically query if the Baltics will be subject to Russian invasion. But how real are these fears, subject as they are to media embellishment, qualification and denial by both Russia and the West? What do they mean for those living in the Baltics – and for the world?


Aliide Naylor is a freelance journalist focusing on Russia and eastern Europe. Her writing has appeared a number of publications and media. Naylor has travelled to all corners of the Baltic states and has also lived in both St. Petersburg and Moscow, where she served as Arts Editor at The Moscow Times. Her new book is The Shadow in the East: Vladimir Putin and the New Baltic Front published by Bloomsbury.


Aleksandr Vertinksii, “Dzhonni,” 1930.