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Russian Socialists in the Struggle for Democracy

For the past few weeks, protests for fair elections in upcoming municipal polls have become weekly in Moscow and St. Petersburg as thousands have defied authorities to attend unsanctioned rallies. The police crackdown has been particularly harsh in Moscow. Protests on July 27 and August 3 resulted in over 2000 detentions. Images of police in riot gear wrestling citizens to the ground and beating peaceful protesters were reminiscent of the mass protests against election fraud in 2011-2012.

Members of the Russian Socialist Movement, a small Marxist, anti-Stalinist organization active in the Russian left, have been participants in local electoral campaigns and in the protests. Two RSM activists, Valeria Kovelishina and Ilya Budraitskis talk about the Russian Socialist Movement, their electoral work, the protests for democracy in Russia and what they might mean for the future.

Witnessing the Collapse of Communism


Roundtable discussion marking the 30th anniversary of the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe. Participants include Timothy Garton Ash, Bridget Kendall, and Jens Reich.

The Evictors

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.

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Ukraine’s Refugee Crisis

Guest: Brian Milakovsky on the humanitarian crisis in the Donbas.

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Questioning Russia’s Hybrid War in Ukraine

Guest: Michael Kofman on the myths of hybrid war.

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The Memorialization of WWII in Russia

Guest: Elizabeth Wood on Russia’s WWII memory.

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Russian Culture Under Putin and Ukraine’s Historical Memory Laws

Guests: Eliot Borenstein on Russian culture; John-Paul Himka on Ukraine’s historical memory laws.

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Islam Karimov’s Uzbekistan

Guest: Paul Stronski on Islam Karimov’s Uzbekistan.

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Nemtsov Murder Reverberations and Early 1930s Armenia

Guests: Pavel Baev on the fallout of the Nemtsov murder; Pietro Shakarian on Armenia.

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Annexation of Crimea and the Destruction of the Russian Empire

Guests: Karl Qualls on the history of Crimea; Josh Sanborn on the destruction of the Russian empire.

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The Murder of Boris Nemtsov

Guest: Mark Galeotti on the murder of Boris Nemtsov.

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