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Transcript: Lenin’s Government

Partial transcript of an interview with Lara Douds on the formation, functioning, and decline of the Lenin’s Council of People’s Commissars, or Sovnarkom.

Transcript: Soviet Intelligence and African National Liberation

Partial transcript of an interview with Natalia Telepneva on Soviet and Czechoslovak intelligence in African national liberation movements.

Transcript: Photography in the Russian Literary Imagination

Partial transcript of my interview with Katherine Reischl on the intersection of photography and Russian literature.

Transcript: The Soviet Origins of Lamaze

Partial transcript with my interview with Paula Michaels on the Soviet origins of Lamaze.

Transcript: Russian Nationalism

Partial transcript of my interview with Marlene Laruelle on Russian nationalism.

Transcript: The Gulag at War

Partial transcript of my interview with Wilson Bell on his book Stalin’s Gulag at War: Forced Labor, Mass Death, and Soviet Victory in the Second World War.

Transcript: The Kazakh Famine

Partial transcript of my interview with Sarah Cameron on the Kazakh famine. 

Stalinist Markets and Entrepreneurship

Soviet historian Elena Osokina comments on two myths of Stalinist society in an interview in Republic.ru.

Mapping the American Left

I wrote an article with Rafael Khachaturian on the American Left for the Russian journal Социология власти (Sociology of Power). You can download it here.

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.”