Guest: David France on his film Welcome To Chechnya.
Guests: Valerie Kivelson and Christine Worobec on witches, magic, spells in their new sourcebook Witchcraft in Russia and Ukraine, 1000–1900 published by Cornell University Press.
Guests: Paul Josephson and Sharyl Corrado on conquering nature, settlement, and Russian expansion in the Arctic and Sakhalin.
Guest: Ronald Suny on Stalin: Passage to Revolution published by Princeton University Press.
Guests: Maya Peterson and Christopher Ward on water and the environment in the Soviet Union.
My latest piece for The eXile is now online. Here is an excerpt of “The Myth of the Democratic Model“: Stanford poli-sci prof and Commissar
Novoe Vremya journalist Natalia Morar reports on her blog that she has been “officially designated as a danger to the safety and security of Russia.”
There is so much to say about Anders Aslund’s “Purge or Coup?” commentary in the Moscow Times. The big question on his mind is why
I first learned from Andy over at Siberian Light about the press brouhaha over Putin’s alleged $40 billion tucked away in banks in Switzerland and
As the sun begins to set on Putin’s Presidency and his direct personal sway over Russia’s future is still undetermined, there is one legacy we
Two iconic moments in television and film come to mind as I read Putin’s acceptance to be Prime Minister if his protege Dima becomes President.
Anna Politkovskaya, A Russian Diary: A Journalist’s Final Account of Life, Corruption, and Death in Putin’s Russia, trans. Arch Tait, Forward Scott Simon, Random House,
What is going on between the siloviki and what does it means for Putin and post-Putin Russia? It’s old news by now but a quick
I was going through Russia’s Great Reforms, 1855-1881 the other day looking for information on Alexander II’s judicial reforms of 1864. I was particularly interested
If you want to understand what is happening among the political elite in Russia and why Putin making the moves he’s making, read Mark Ames’