Putin

Putin’s Postmodern Cult

  I wrote the following review of Putin as Celebrity and Cultural Icon, Helena Goscilo, ed., for Reviews and Critical Commentary: In September, strippers from

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Russia as a Rhizome State

My review of Alena Ledeneva’s Can Russia Modernize? Sistema, Power Networks, and Informal Governance for Russia Direct, “Sistema: How power works in modern Russia,” In

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Putin’s Manual Control

This week’s Russia! Magazine column, “The Far East Floods on Manual Control,” August is never good to Russia and this year is no different. For

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On Putin’s Bulldogs

This week’s Russia Magazine! column, “Putin’s Bulldogs and Their Bones,” In reference to the succession struggle after Stalin’s death, Winston Churchill famously compared the opaqueness

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The Cold Civil War

May 6 is the first anniversary of the Bolotnaya protests that erupted in violence. Twenty-eight people and possibly more await prosecution. Bolotnaya has also served

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Fragmenting Putinism

This week’s Russia! Magazine column, “Surveying Putin 2.0“: In his seminal essay on hegemony, State and Civil Society, the Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci summed up

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