Hearing Communism: Part Two

Part two of Hearing Communism—five short audio pieces by students in my International Communism undergraduate research seminar at the University of Pittsburgh.

Hearing Communism: Part One


Part one of Hearing Communism—five short audio pieces by students in my International Communism undergraduate research seminar at the University of Pittsburgh.

Corruption

Migrants and Corruption

I got a gig writing for the Nation. Here’s my first article, “Corruption, Not Migrants, Is Russia’s Problem.” A few words updating the story. Yesterday

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Jailing Russia’s Mayors

This week’s Russia! Magazine column, “The Summer of Mayors“: It’s the summer of mayors in Russia. That’s right: mayors. Those unalluring, often block shaped, overwhelmingly

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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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Navalny the Unifier

It’s a few days old, but I wanted to draw readers’ attention to an article I wrote for the Exiled on Alexei Navalny as a

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The Hundred-Headed Monster

In a Journey From St. Petersburg to Moscow (1790), Aleksander Radishchev referred to Russia’s autocratic system as a “hundred-headed monster that gulps down the food

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The Zero Sum Game

I often tell my students that Russian politics is a zero sum game.  You’re either in or you’re out.  One’s political patronage begins and ends

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