Writing

The SRB Podcast in 2017

The SRB Podcast in 2017 by the numbers.

The Russian Revolution as Past Made Present

Mikhail Zygar’s The Empire Must Die provides a narrative timeline for the Russian Revolution as an allegory for Russia’s present.

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.

Navalny and the Left

A response to the responses to the Navalny question and the Russian Left.

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?

Latest Podcast

Conspiracy Theories in Russia

Guest: Ilya Yablokov on Fortress Russia: Conspiracy Theories in the Post-Soviet World published by Polity.

Soviet and American Children in the Cold War

Guest: Margaret Peacock on Soviet and American Children in the Cold War.

The Map Men of East Central Europe

Guest: Steven Seegel on Map Men: Transnational Lives and Deaths of Geographers in the Making of East Central Europe published by University of Chicago Press.

Communist Neverland at the Russian International Children’s Home

Guest: Elizabeth McGuire on “Communist Neverland: New Research on a Russian International Children’s Home, 1933-1991.”

Communism, Youth and Generation

Guest: Matthias Neumann on communism, youth, and generation.

Rich Russians

Guest: Elisabeth Schimpfossl on Rich Russians: From Oligarchs to Bourgeoisie published by Oxford University Press.

Kazakh Nomads Under Lenin and Stalin

Guest: Alun Thomas on Nomads and Soviet Rule: Central Asia from Lenin to Stalin published by I.B. Tauris.

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.