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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The Russian Monarchy’s Scenarios of Power

Guest: Richard Wortman on the Russian monarchy, symbolism, and ritual.

Social-Economic Life in the Donbas

Guest: Brian Milakovsky on the social and economic situation in the Donbas.

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.


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