John Anderson reviews ‘Russia’s New Authoritarianism: Putin and the Politics of Order’ by David G. Lewis

10 August 2020 By John Anderson John Anderson reviews David G. Lewis, Russia’s New Authoritarianism: Putin and the Politics of Order (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2020) Earlier this summer, the…

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Sarah Hurst reviews ‘Life Went on Anyway,’ a collection of stories by Oleg Sentsov

7 July 2020 by Sarah Hurst Sarah Hurst reviews Life Went On Anyway, by Oleg Sentsov, translated by Uilleam Blacker, Deep Vellum, 2019. ISBN 9781941920879 This slim collection of autobiographical…

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Nadezhda Azhgikhina reviews ‘Andrei Sakharov, Elena Bonner, and friends: Life was typical, tragic, and beautiful’

19 June 2020 By Nadezhda Azhgikhina Nadezhda Azhgikhina reviews the Russian-language publication: Boris Altshuler, Leonoid Litinsky (eds.), Andrei Sakharov, Elena Bonner, and friends: Life was typical, tragic, and beautiful, AST,…

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Martin Dewhirst reviews Luke Harding’s new book, ‘Shadow State: Murder, Mayhem and Russia’s Remaking of the West’

30 June 2020 By Martin Dewhirst Martin Dewhirst reviews Luke Harding, Shadow State: Murder, Mayhem and Russia's Remaking of the West, London, Guardian Faber, 2020.  £14.99p.  ISBN 978-1-783-35205-0. In his…

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‘His memoir offers an interesting and useful historical perspective to Russian human rights defenders for their struggles today.’ Margot Light reviews The Dissidents by Peter Reddaway.

15 June 2020 By Margot Light Margot Light reviews The Dissidents: A Memoir of Working with the Resistance in Russia, 1960-1990, by Peter Reddaway.  Brookings, 337 pp., £25.50, 2020, Hardcover ISBN: 9780815737735;…

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Martin Dewhirst reviews an anthology of reminiscences by people who lived and worked in the Gulag and survived into their eighties

16 May 2020 By Martin Dewhirst Martin Dewhirst reviews Anna Artem'eva, Yelena Racheva, 58-ya. Ne''izyatoye: Istorii lyudey, kotorye perezhili to, chego my bol'she vsego boimsya. (The 58th. Still Relevant: Stories…

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Martin Dewhirst reviews Irina Flige’s new book about Sandormokh, the notorious site of mass executions during the Stalinist terror

14 January 2020 By Martin Dewhirst Martin Dewhirst reviews Irina Flige, Sandormokh: dramaturgiya smyslov (possible English translation: Sandarmokh: A Labyrinth of Meanings).  St. Petersburg, 'Nestor-Istoriya', 2019, 208 pp., 1,000 copies. Far…

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