A plague on both these years. Ilya Shablinsky on the second anniversary of Russia’s fullscale war against Ukraine

24 February 2024 by Ilya Shablinsky Source: Spektr.press Today marks two years of this savage, senseless, absurd, fratricidal massacre — the bloodiest since 1945.  A war that in Russia they…

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They’re Worried. Ilya Shablinsky on how the Nadezhdin situation is similar to the elections in Belarus

19 February 2024 by Ilya Shablinsky Source: Spektr.press While Putin was suggesting to an American journalist that he go back mentally thirty-forty-a hundred-a thousand years, let’s just try to remember…

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Soviet elections all over again. Ilya Shablinsky on how those who kept Ekaterina Duntsova out of the presidential election got scared

25 December 2023 by Ilya Shablinsky Source: Spektr.press A few individuals from the Central Election Commission (TsIK), carrying out their superiors’ order, have eliminated the chief danger on our animal…

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How are we doing with eggs? Ilya Shablinsky on how Putin’s December ‘direct line’ will be remembered

15 December 2023 By Ilya Shablinsky Source: Spektr.press Truly, he was in top form. This time around he managed, to a greater extent than usual, to say essentially nothing. Or,…

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A Word to the Boys. Ilya Shablinsky on what Putin’s next nomination as president will bring Russia [Spektr.press]

11 December 2023 by Ilya Shablinsky Source: Spektr.press  He has finally confessed. He has given us his so-called news. He's up for re-election again. Most likely, Putin will try to…

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Hero of our Time of Troubles. Ilya Shablinsky on why Putin needed a “new ideology”

8 December 2023 by Ilya Shablinsky Source: Spektr.press  Recently, Investigative Committee Chair Aleksandr Bastrykin declared—not for the first time—the necessity of formulating a state ideology for Russia and codifying it…

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It’s the same old story from Putin. Ilya Shablinsky on the latest round of nuclear blackmail from Russia

12 October 2023 by Ilya Shablinsky  Source: Spektr.press   I don’t know how you can bear an hour of such drivel, sitting in that hall. This may well not apply to…

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Martin Dewhirst reviews ‘The Last Days of Stalin’ by Joshua Rubenstein

18 September 2023 by Martin Dewhirst Martin Dewhirst reviews The Last Days of Stalin by Joshua Rubenstein, Yale University Press, New Haven and London, 2016/2017, £12.99, ISBN 978-0-300-22884-7 (pbk). Now…

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Aleksandr Podrabinek: On the logic of opposition – pushing back against dictatorship

28 August 2023 by Aleksandr Podrabinek Source: Radio Svoboda The war against Ukraine has been a catastrophe for Russia as well as Ukraine. For this reason, it would not be…

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