Guests: Ekaterina Babintseva and Slava Gerovitch on cybernetics in the United States and Soviet Union.
Guest: Lee Farrow on Alexis in America: A Russian Grand Duke’s Tour, 1871-72 published by Louisiana State University Press.
Guests: Meredith Roman and Minkah Makalani on Black radicalism, the Comintern, and Soviet antiracism.
Guest: Andrew Jacobs on American tourism to the Soviet Union during the Cold War.
Around Moscow, there’s a whole industry of so-called “black creditors” — microfinance institutions (or MFOs) that swindle and seize debtors’ homes. Ivan Golunov’s investigation for Meduza has discovered that almost 500 apartments have been seized from their owners over the past five years without so much as a court order. In fact, this scheme involves more than simply “squeezing” people from their homes. It is possibly part of a wider, international money-laundering system. Here’s Meduza special correspondent Ivan Golunov on the ins and outs of this industry.
Guest: Rósa Magnúsdóttir on Enemy Number One: The United States of America in Soviet Ideology and Propaganda, 1945-1959 published by Oxford University Press.
Guests: Mark Galeotti, Kevin Rothrock, and Maxim Trudolyubov on making sense of Russia.
Partial transcript of the event “Peering Under the Rug: Sources of Information about Russia” at the University of Pittsburgh featuring Mark Galeotti, Kevin Rothrock, and Maxim Trudolyubov.
Guest: Marlene Laruelle on Russian Nationalism: Imaginaries, Doctrines, and Political Battlefields, published by Routledge, and her edited collection Entangled Far Rights: A Russian-European Intellectual Romance in the 20th Century, published by the University of Pittsburgh Press.
Guest: Sergei Antonov on Bankrupts and Usurers of Imperial Russia: Debt, Property, and the Law in the Age of Dostoevsky and Tolstoy published by Harvard University Press.
Guest: Tricia Starks on Smoking under the Tsars: A History of Tobacco in Imperial Russia published by Cornell University Press.