Recent Posts

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.


Past Interviews

The Stories Polish Secret Police Files Tell Us

Guest: Anna Krakus on the stories Polish police files tell us.

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The Judeo-Bolshevik Myth

Guest: Paul Hanebrink on A Specter Haunting Europe: The Myth of Judeo-Bolshevism published by Harvard University Press.

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“The Reddest of the Blacks”

For the past several months, I’ve been researching the life of Lovett Fort-Whiteman. Here’s a short film I made about his eventual arrest and death in Stalinist Russia.

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Local Perpetrators and the Holocaust in Ukraine

Guest: Jared McBride on the Holocaust, Soviet Secret Police Archives and Local Perpetrators in Western Ukraine.

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Peering Under the Rug: Sources of Information about Russia

Guests: Mark Galeotti, Kevin Rothrock, and Maxim Trudolyubov on making sense of Russia.

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Soviet Intelligence and African National Liberation

Guest: Natalia Telepneva on Soviet and Warsaw Pact intelligence services and African anti-colonial movements.


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The Soviet Origins of Lamaze

Guest: Paula Michaels on Lamaze: An International History published by Oxford University Press.

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The Gulag at War

Guest: Wilson Bell on Stalin’s Gulag at War: Forced Labor, Mass Death, and Soviet Victory in the Second World War published by the University of Toronto Press.

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