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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Navalny and the Left

A response to the responses to the Navalny question and the Russian Left.

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Politkovskaya Ten Years On

It’s been ten years since an assassin put four bullets in Anna Politkovskaya—three in her chest, one in her head, the hallmark of a contract hit. And what can be said on this macabre anniversary?

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The Beautiful Story of the Russian Revolution

Guest: Lesley Chamberlain on The Arc of Utopia: The Beautiful Story of the Russian Revolution published by Reaktion Books.

SRB on the Dig Podcast

Me, your host, on The Dig Podcast.

Nation, Nationality, and Empire

Guest: Ronald Grigor Suny on nationality, nation, and empire in the Soviet Union.

American-Russian Relations in the 19th Century

Guest: Norman Saul of US-Russian relations in the 19th Century

Soviet Atheism

Guest: Victoria Smolkin on A Sacred Space Is Never Empty: A History of Soviet Atheism published by Princeton University Press.


The Russian Mafia

Guest: Mark Galeotti on The Vory: Russia’s Super Mafia published by Yale University Press.


Collectivization and Stalinist Perpetrators

Guest: Lynne Viola on the Soviet collectivization of agriculture, resistance, and Stalinist perpetrators.

The Banya is Everything

Guest: Bryon MacWilliams on With Light Steam: A Personal Journey through the Russian Baths was published by Northern Illinois University Press.


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