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19 Million Russians

Over 19 million Russians live in poverty, according to a recent article in Dengi. But how is poverty determined in the Russian context? For Rosstat to categorize you as in poverty, you need to have an income lower than the subsistence minimum. For the majority of Dengi readers, this...

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US and Stalinist Prison Populations Revisited

Back in 2013, I wrote a post examining at the numbers of people in the Stalinist gulag compared to the US prison industrial complex. The post was in response to the Adam Gopnik’s and Fareed Zakaria’s claim that the over 6 million people in the US are under “correctional supervision” was higher...

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Is There Life on Mars? An Interview with Elena Demidova on Men’s Choice

In January, Novaya gazeta held their annual online documentary film festival. Each film was available for online viewing for 24 hours. A Facebook friend posted a link to Elena Demidova’s Men’s Choice (Muzhskoi vybor). He had written the English subtitles for it. It looked interesting so I checked it...

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Scabic Soldiers on the March

It’s hard not to notice the plethora of articles once again warning about Russia invading the Baltics. The prospect has come up on a number of occasions over the last two years, and I have to say, I can’t help but have increasing sympathy for RT’s skepticism that the...

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Kirill Medvedev: Let’s not view each other as wretched sovoks and obnoxious kreakls

The poet, musician and activist Kirill Medvedev is few contemporary Russian leftist voices that has had some play in English. Several of his writings have been translated: his collection of poems and essays, It’s No Good, articles and poems in N+1, an article in the Guardian on disavowing his...

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Russophobia in America: A Genealogy

My talk at the Kennan on the history of russophobia.

The Russian Propaganda Machine

Guest: Alexey Kovalev on Russian propaganda.

Experiencing the Russian Revolution

Guest: Mark Steinberg on the experience of the Russian Revolution.

The Invisibility of Chernobyl in Belarus

Guest: Olga Kuchinskaya on confronting Chernobyl.

Lenin and the Bolsheviks

Guest: Lars Lih on Lenin.

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