Rights in Russia interview – with Andrea Gullotta, an expert on the history of the Gulag

Mary Page talks with Andrea Gullotta, lecturer in Russian at the University of Glasgow. Andrea is an expert on the history of the Gulag and president of Memorial Italia (http://www.memorialitalia.it/)…

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Aleksandr Tsipko: ‘Russians are tired of empire.’ On why the Soviet Union disappeared

Photo: Institute of the Economy of the Russian Academy of Sciences 2 December 2021 by Aleksandr Tsipko Aleksandr Tsipko is a Russian social philosopher and poltical scientist and chief researcher…

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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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Leonid Nikitinsky: Whose children will answer for whose fathers?

27 October 2021 by Leonid Nikitinsky, columnist for Novaya Gazeta, member of the Presidential Human Rights Council and laureate of the Moscow Helsinki Group Prize Source: Moscow Helsinki Group [original…

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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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‘Who, if not us?’: Supporters of Russian political prisoner Yuri Dmitriev speak out

19 August 2021 by Natalia Shkurenok, a Saint-Petersburg based journalist, writing for The New Times, Snob, Colta, ArtNews Paper and Novaya Gazeta. Source: OpenDemocracy Republished by kind permission What makes…

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Quote for the Week. Halya Coynash: “There are strong grounds for linking the persecution of Dmitriev with attempts by the current Russian regime to whitewash the darkest pages of Soviet history.” 

Week-ending 30 July 2021 Yury Dmitriev "It is thanks to Dmitriev and his Memorial colleagues that thousands of Ukrainians, Russians and representatives of other nationalities have learned the fate of…

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Viktor Kogan-Yasny: “Doctor, you swear not like a miner, but like a shoemaker”

26 June 2021 by Viktor Kogan-Yasny In 1953, my parents lost the opportunity to live and work in Kharkov because of my grandfather’s arrest in the so-called 'Doctors’ Plot' (my…

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