Great Terror

Stalinist Patrimonialism

My review, “Russian politics has always been patrimonial,” for Russia Direct of J. Arch Getty’s new book Practicing Stalinism: Bolsheviks, Boyars, and the Persistence of

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The Kirov Law at 75

Yesterday, December 1, was 75 years since the assassination of Sergei Kirov, the first secretary of the Leningrad Party Organization, and Stalin ally.  It was

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Bifurcated Memory

[podcast]http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio4/ta/ta_20090401-1708a.mp3[/podcast] Thinking Allowed‘s Laurie Taylor has an interesting discussion with Mikhail Ryklin about the historical memory of Stalinism. Ryklin’s most recent work looks at Communist

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Internal Terror

Cynthia Hooper gave a fascinating talk titled “Terror from Within: Brotherhood and Betrayal in the NKVD” at UCLA in February.  The Center for European and

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