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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Remember the Date: 5 March 1953 – the death of Stalin

(From left to right) Stalin, Aleksei Rykov, Lev Kamenev, and Grigory Zinoviev in 1925. Source: Wikipedia Joseph Stalin (born Ioseb Besarionis dzе Jughashvili on 18 December [Old Style 6 December] 1878) died on 5 March 1953 at…

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Remember the Date: 5 March 1940 – Soviet authorities order the mass killing of Polish officers that became known as the Katyn Massacre

Photo of the order for the Katyn massacre: Wikipedia "The Katyn massacre, a series of mass executions of Polish nationals carried out by the NKVD (People's Commissariat for Internal Affairs) in April and May 1940, was prompted by…

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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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