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Russia USSR

The canonical view of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution, promulgated by Soviet history books and not a few Western fellow travelers, argues that it represented …


Postcommunism Russia

Any discussion of the documentation of the crimes of the Soviet Union will inevitably involve Memorial, a Russian organization dedicated to uncovering and archiving …

Walking through Moscow, you may pass by a small steel plaque no larger than your hand. These plaques are affixed to apartment buildings and …

When Mikhail Gorbachev introduced his policies of Perestroika (restructuring) and Glasnost (openness) in the mid-1980s, he hoped that a limited liberalization of the Soviet …

Masha Gessen’s The Future is History is an intellectually provocative and viscerally moving call to arms, sorely needed in a sea of Russia scholarship …

One hundred years ago, a catastrophic event took place in the grand city of St. Petersburg. A revolution overthrew the Tsarist government of Russia. …

Semyon and Tatyana Frank stood at the rails of the steamer Haken, holding hands and watching the dark waves of the Baltic, the scene …

In the 1838 play The Conspiracy, Edward Bulwer-Lytton’s character Cardinal Richelieu first coined the famous line, “the pen is mightier than the sword.” The …


Russia

The Academy Award-winning film director Nikita Mikhalkov once said, “Cinema is the most powerful weapon.” In Russia, it’s a weapon wielded to excise uncomfortable …


Communism Russia

One hundred years ago this week, a sealed train bearing the “bacilli of Bolshevism” (Lenin’s own phrase) crossed war-torn Germany, destined for the North …