“Our state is an occupier.” The writer Vladimir Sorokin on Putin, artificial intelligence and the future of literature in Russia [Spektr.press]

Vladimir Sorokin. Source: Wikipedia 30 April 2024 Interview with Vladimir Sorokin by Alina Mikhalkina Source: Spektr.press On 29 April, writer Vladimir Sorokin gave a talk in the Palace of the…

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Boris Akunin: “How this foul regime tramples people in the mud.” 

31 January 2024 Source: Spektr.press The directors of St. Petersburg’s Academic Aleksandrinsky Theatre have stated in a letter to writer Boris Akunin (real name, Grigori Chkhartishvili) that his play is…

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“This isn’t a bad dream.” Boris Akunin added to “list of terrorists and extremists.” State Duma deputy demands writer be “destroyed” for criticising invasion of Ukraine

Source: Wikipedia 18 December 2023 The writer Boris Akunin (real name, Grigori Chkhartishvili) has been added to the Rosfinmonitoring [Federal Financial Monitoring Service of the Russian Federation] “list of terrorists…

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Francis Greene: ‘I’m not at all certain that I love Russia… I love the Russian people, I’m certain of that.’ An interview with Evgeny Popov [Ogonek, 2001]

Evgeny Popov. Source: Wikipedia 23 December 2001 by Evgeny Popov. An interview with Francis Greene Source: 'У вас еще продается славянский шкаф?' Kommersant, 23 December 2001 For many years, the…

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Grigory Chkhartishvili [Boris Akunin]: ‘I don’t believe in collective responsibility and collective guilt.’

25 May 2022 by Grigory Chkhartishvili [Boris Akunin] Source: Facebook This discussion didn’t start yesterday and won’t end soon — about the Russians’ guilt in the war Putin unleashed, about the…

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Viktor Kogan-Yasny: The West and the responsibility of all Russians for Russia’s sins

16 March 2022 by Viktor Kogan-Yasny, writer, political and civil society activist and commentator, advisor to the chair of the Yabloko party In Soviet times, the collective West proceeded from…

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Viktor Kogan-Yasny: Public opinion in a dictatorship: Crimea, the Constitution, etc.

16 March 2022 by Viktor Kogan-Yasny, writer, political and civil society activist and commentator, advisor to the chair of the Yabloko party Analysing surveys of public opinion in a dictatorship…

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