Congress of the Intelligentsia: “30 years ago, freedom and democracy were defended”

21 July 2021 Picture: Valery Borshchev, co-chairman of the Moscow Helsinki Group, co-signatory of the following letter, member of the organising committee “30 years of the people’s victory over the…

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Monique van Ravenstein reviews ‘Red Wave’ by Joanna Stingray

30 June 2021 By Monique van Ravenstein Monique van Ravenstein reviews Red Wave: An American in the Soviet Music Underground  by Joanna Stingray and Madison Stingray, Doppelhouse Press, 2020, pp. 416, Los Angeles,…

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Viktor Kogan-Yasny on Andrei Sakharov: “I hope that young people today will respect Sakharov, and not just themselves.”

21 May 2021 Speech at a Yabloko event organised in honour of Andrei Sakharov, marking his centenary by Viktor Kogan-Yasny I apologise if this is a bit of an excursion…

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Yury Samodurov: “My era has not fufilled its destiny”. With an introduction by Martin Dewhirst

7 June 2021 by Martin Dewhirst Over the years I have read many blogs by Yury Samodurov, but this was the first one that I felt should be made available…

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Knight of the 20th Century. Andrei Kovalev on the 90th birthday of Mikhail Gorbachev

2 March 2021 By Andrei Kovalev. Andrei Kovalev worked for many years at the USSR Ministry of Foreign Affairs and served as a member of the secretariat of Soviet President…

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Podcast No. 60: Simon & Sergei – with Lev Shlosberg

This week our guest on the podcast is Lev Markovich Shlosberg. Lev Markovich is a Russian politician, a civil society and human rights activist, and a journalist. He is chair…

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Remember the Date: On 13 January 1991 Soviet forces attempted to suppress Lithuanian independence

Photo: Emerging Europe On 13 January 1991 14 died and hundreds were injured in Vilnius when Soviet troops attempted to crush the Lithuanian independence movement. Today, 13 January is Freedom…

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Remember the Date: Resignation of Gorbachev and end of the Soviet Union, 25 December 1991

The Soviet flag was lowered from the Kremlin and replaced with the flag of Russia on 25 December 1991, a day before the USSR was officially dissolved. Source: Wikipedia 25 December 1991 – Russian Soviet Federative…

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