Guest: Leah Goldman on censorship and collaboration in the production of Late Stalinist classical music.
Guest: Elissa Bemporad on Legacy of Blood: Jews, Pogroms, and Ritual Murder in the Lands of the Soviets published by Oxford University Press.
Guest: Eliot Borenstein on Plots Against Russia: Conspiracy and Fantasy after Socialism published by Cornell University Press.
Guest: Aliide Naylor on The Shadow in the East: Vladimir Putin and the New Baltic Front published by Bloomsbury.
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.
Guest: Julia Mickenberg on American Girls in Red Russia: Chasing the Soviet Dream published by the University of Chicago Press.
Guest: Eric Lee on The Experiment: Georgia’s Forgotten Revolution, 1918-1921 published by Zed Books.
Mark Steinberg on the symbolism of angels, wings, and flight in the Russian Revolution.