Watering the Soviet Lands

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


Neither Purge nor Coup

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

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Don Putin

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.

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The World According to Anna

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,

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Intra-Class Warfare

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

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Managerial Chaos?

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

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Spy vs. Spy

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’

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