Comment on Keith Gessen’s The Quiet Americans

My thoughts on Keith Gessen’s “The Quiet Americans Behind the U.S.-Russia Imbroglio” as an opening salvo in the need to deconstruct the discourses of the “Russia Hand.”

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The Theater of Diplomacy

I wrote a review of Alexander Etkind’s Roads Not Taken: An Intellectual Biography of William C. Bullitt and Michael McFaul’s From Cold War to Hot Peace: An American Ambassador in Putin’s Russia for Bookforum. Unfortunately, the review is behind the dreaded paywall. So here’s the pdf.

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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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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.


Russia’s A Terrible Country

Guest: Keith Gessen on America’s Russia Hands and his novel A Terrible Country published by Viking.


Surveillance Valley

Guest: Yasha Levine on Surveillance Valley: The Secret Military History of the Internet published by Public Affairs Books.


Russian Literature and Terrorism

Guest: Lynn Patyk on Written in Blood: Revolutionary Terrorism and Russian Literary Culture published by the University of Wisconsin Press.


Russia, Israel, Iran and Syria

GuestMaxim Suchkov, editor of Al-Monitor’s Russia-Mideast coverage, on Russia, Israel, Iran and Syria.


Russians on Trump

Guest: Laurence Bogoslaw on Russians on Trump: Press Coverage and Commentary published by Eastview.


A Memoir of Misadventures in Moscow

Guest: Michael Idov on Dressed Up for a Riot: Misadventures in Putin’s Moscow published by Farrar, Strauss and Giroux.


Guest: Chris Miller on Putinomics: Power and Money in Resurgent Russia published by the University of North Carolina Press.


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