Watering the Soviet Lands


Guests: Maya Peterson and Christopher Ward on water and the environment in the Soviet Union.

Stanislav Markelov

Surkov and Neo-Nazis?

My latest for Russia Magazine, “Did Vladislav Surkov Help Fund Neo-Nazis?“: It’s long been rumored that Vladislav Surkov funded and directed football hooligans and Russian

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Markelov and Baburova’s Murders One Year Past

One year ago, an assassin in a ski masked shot anti-fascist lawyer Stanislav Markelov in the back in the head near Kropotkinskaya metro. The killer then shot Novaya gazeta journalist Anastasia Baburova as she went after him. She died in a hospital shortly thereafter. Both were well known antifascists. The memory of these two figures, however, not only reminds us of the plight of human rights activists and journalists in Russia, but also the specter of Russian fascist violence.

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Consolatory Cops

The opening paragraph of Kommersant‘s article on Stanislav Markelov’s funeral reads: Ostankinskoe cemetery where the jurist Stanislav Markelov was to be buried was heavily guarded. 

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Leads on Markelov Case Cold

A definitive narrative is forming in the Russian mainstream press about the Markelov-Baburova murders.  This narrative says that it is unlikely that Colonel Yuriy Budanov

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