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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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Mapping Russian Labor Conflict

In July, the Center for Economic and Political Reform, a think tank that monitors and studies social and economic issues in Russia, released a report on labor conflict in the second quarter of 2016. In this period, TsEPR identified 263 incidents in 65 regions in Russia, 34 more than the...

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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.

Daughter of the Cold War

Guest: Grace Kennan Warnecke on growing up in George F. Kennan’s shadow.

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American History Through Russian Eyes

Guest: Ivan Kurilla on American studies in Russia.

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