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Transcript: Deaf in the Soviet Union

The following is the transcript of my interview with Claire Shaw for the podcast Deaf in the Soviet Union. The transcript has been edited for clarity. I thought we’d start by having you talk about the origins of your work on deafness in Russia. How did you come to...

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Russian Presidential Elections 2018: Predicable Results with Unpredictable Aftermath

Ilya Budraitskis breaks down the upcoming Russian Presidential Election. Originally posted on LeftEast.

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The SRB Podcast in 2017

The SRB Podcast in 2017 by the numbers.

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The Russian Revolution as Past Made Present

Mikhail Zygar’s The Empire Must Die provides a narrative timeline for the Russian Revolution as an allegory for Russia’s present.

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The Materiality of Russian Oil

I review Doug Rogers’ deconstruction of oil—not to uncover its relations of production—to trace the dispersion of its value in shaping the post-Soviet province of Perm.

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The Stalinist Film Industry

Guest: Maria Belodubrovskaya on Not According to Plan: Filmmaking under Stalin published by Cornell University Press.

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Life and Times of Vladimir Dzhunkovsky

Guest: Richard Robbins on Overtaken by the Night: One Russian’s Journey through Peace, War, Revolution, and Terror published by the University of Pittsburgh Press.

Soviet Jokes Under Stalin

Guest: Jon Waterlow on Soviet jokes under Stalin.

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Old Age and Claustrophobia in Putin’s Russia

Evgenia Kovda on her film Podrugi (Girlfriends), a tale of old age and claustrophobia in Putin’s Russia.

The Ethics of Soviet Journalism

Guest: Natalia Roudakova on Losing Pravda: Ethics and the Press in Post-Truth Russia published by Cambridge University Press.

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The Russian Revolution as Utopian Leap in the Open Air of History

Mark Steinberg on the symbolism of angels, wings, and flight in the Russian Revolution.

Assessing the Russian Military

Guest: Michael Kofman on the Russian military.

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