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?

Mapping Russian Labor Conflict

In July, the Center for Economic and Political Reform, a think tank that monitors and studies social and economic issues in Russia, released a report on labor conflict in the second quarter of 2016. In this period, TsEPR identified 263 incidents in 65 regions in Russia, 34 more than the...

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Top Ten for 2018

The top ten SRB Podcasts for 2018.

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.

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.