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Navalny and Next

Guests: Ilya Budraitskis, Svetlana Erpyleva, and Greg Yudin on Alexei Navalny, the Russian opposition, and the prospects of political pluralism in Russian society.


Past Interviews

Witchcraft in Russia and Ukraine

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.

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Conquering Nature in Sakhalin and the Arctic

Guests: Paul Josephson and Sharyl Corrado on conquering nature, settlement, and Russian expansion in the Arctic and Sakhalin.

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From Soso to Stalin

Guest: Ronald Suny on Stalin: Passage to Revolution published by Princeton University Press.

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Watering the Soviet Lands

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

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REEES Faculty Spotlight: James Pickett

Faculty Spotlight on the University of Pittsburgh’s historian of Russia and Central Asia–James Pickett.

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REEES Faculty Spotlight: Iknur Lider

Faculty Spotlight on the University of Pittsburgh’s Turkish instructor Iknur Lider.

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Belarus Protests in Pittsburgh

I attended a Belarus solidarity rally in Pittsburgh. Here’s what some of the protesters told me.

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Russian Other, American Other

Guests: Dina Fainberg and Victoria Zhuravleva on the history of Russian and American mutual perceptions.

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Putin Kitsch in America

Guest: Alison Rowley on Putin Kitsch in America published by McGill-Queen’s University Press.

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