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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
“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
Youth political activism in Russia is a tale of two youths. One stands in front of a line of police in riot gear in St.
To my delight and surprise, Russia Profile continues to feature articles on Russian youth. “The Roads Not Taken” by Dmitry Babich examines post-Soviet youth organizations
Obsession about the quality of Russian youth is not new. In a 1928 study on the daily life of Russian youth titled Life Out of