Guest: Leah Goldman on censorship and collaboration in the production of Late Stalinist classical music.
Guest: Elissa Bemporad on Legacy of Blood: Jews, Pogroms, and Ritual Murder in the Lands of the Soviets published by Oxford University Press.
Guest: Eliot Borenstein on Plots Against Russia: Conspiracy and Fantasy after Socialism published by Cornell University Press.
Guest: Aliide Naylor on The Shadow in the East: Vladimir Putin and the New Baltic Front published by Bloomsbury.
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: 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: Erika Monahan on The Merchants of Siberia: Trade in Early Modern Russia.