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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.

Protests in Belarus

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Belarus has been in political crisis for about a month. Mass protests erupted in response to the falsification of the Presidential elections. The Belarusian government claimed Lukashenka got 80% of the vote. The protests only grew when the state unleashed riot police on to peaceful protesters. A few weeks ago, Lukashenka’s rule seemed on the verge of collapse. But now things appear at a stalemate. For the larger context for these mass protests and what they mean, I turned to Elena Gapova for some insight.


Elena Gapova is a Professor of Sociology at Western Michigan University specializing in gender, class, nation, and social movements in post-Soviet space. She is the authors of many articles and books. Her most recent book in Russian is The Classes of Nations: a Feminist Critique of Nation Building.


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