Ilya Shablinsky: We would do well to remember every bloody milestone in our history. We know how easily human life can be devalued.

3 June 2022 by Ilya Shablinsky, member of the Moscow Helsinki Group Source: Moscow Helsinki Group Novocherkassk, 1962. We remember. Yesterday, 2 June 2022, marked 60 years to the day…

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Aleksandr Podrabinek: No children’s camp. How children end up as raw material for totalitarianism [The Insider]

16 April 2022 by Aleksandr Podrabinek Source: The Insider The stern Russian state takes a harsh and distrustful view of children. In the minds of the authorities, children can become…

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Alexander Etkind: Defederating Russia

15 April 2022 by Alexander Etkind. Originally from St. Petersburg, Alexander Etkind is a professor of history and chair of Russia-Europe relations at the European University Institute and a fellow of…

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Rights in Russia interview – with Benjamin Nathans, Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania

Mary Page talks with Benjamin Nathans, the Alan Charles Kors Associate Professor of History at the University of Pennsylvania. Professor Nathans teaches and writes about Imperial Russia and the Soviet…

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Aleksandr Podrabinek: Political Prisoners, Yesterday and Today. On a Concept Substitution.

30 October 2021 Aleksandr Podrabinek  Source: Radio Svoboda When in 1991 the RSFSR Supreme Soviet passed a resolution making 30 October the official Day of Remembrance of the Victims of…

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Aleksandr Podrabinek: The Benefit of Forgetfulness, or A Few Words about the Significance of Reputation

5 October 2021 By Aleksandr Podrabinek Source: VotTak - Belsat TV The younger generation – those who were born at the turn of the millennium – have little knowledge of,…

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Teresa Cherfas reviews ‘The Scent of Empires: Chanel No. 5 and Red Moscow’ by Karl Schlögel [translated from the German by Jessica Spengler]

22 September 2021 By Teresa Cherfas Teresa Cherfas reviews The Scent of Empires: Chanel No. 5 and Red Moscow by Karl Schlögel, translated from the German by Jessica Spengler. Hardback 220pp…

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Martin Dewhirst reviews ‘The Spring Victory: Stalin’s Glossed Over Crime’ by Mark Solonin

7 September 2021 By Martin Dewhirst Mark Solonin,  The Spring Victory: Stalin’s Glossed Over Crime, translated from the Russian by David Loutit.  Independently Published, 2021, 121 pp., £6.50.  ISBN 9798519589222. Mark…

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Simon Cosgrove reviews ‘The Dissidents’ by Peter Reddaway: ‘A profound tribute to the moral imperative to speak out in the name of truth and human rights in a repressive society.’

17 June 2021 By Simon Cosgrove Simon Cosgrove reviews The Dissidents: A Memoir of Working with the Resistance in Russia, 1960-1990, by Peter Reddaway.  Brookings, 337 pp., 2020, ISBN: 9780815737735 The Dissidents is an absorbing memoir…

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