Watering the Soviet Lands


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

Komsomol

Nashi Perestroika

So everyone is declaring Nashi’s death. According to Kommersant and other Russian media, Nashi plans on shutting down 45 of its 50 branches. All that

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Nashi Comes of Age

Third Congresses seem to have great significance in the history of Russia’s pro-state youth organizations. The 3rd Komsomol Congress held in 1920 steered the organization

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From the Komsomol Archive

I’m currently writing a chapter about expulsions in the Komsomol. The section I’m writing at the moment concerns denunciations. I thought I would share the

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Putin’s Generation

Nashi has officially hit the American mainstream. On Sunday the NY Times published an expose of the youth organization. Unfortunately, the article doesn’t say anything

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From the Komsomol Archive

I’m sitting here reading over an anonymous survey conducted by the Komsomol Central Committee of delegates to the 8th Congress in 1928. The survey covers

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The Komsomol and Punk Rock

I’m currently reading Alexei Yurchak’s fascinating book, Everything Was Forever, Until It Was No More: The Last Soviet Generation. Yurchak asks why did the Soviet

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Komsomol Capitalism

“Bastards! (сволочи!)” For the last week a women who sits in front of me in the reading room has been cursing documents as she thumbed

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