Writing

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.”

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.

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...

Russian Presidential Elections 2018: Predicable Results with Unpredictable Aftermath

Ilya Budraitskis breaks down the upcoming Russian Presidential Election. Originally posted on LeftEast.

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.

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Eurasianet on Eurasia

Guests: Eurasianet‘s Peter Leonard and Josh Kucera on Central Asia and the South Caucausus

Red Children’s Republics

Guest: Diana Georgescu on “Red Children’s Republics: Socialist Internationalism and Transnational Youth Exchanges During the Late Cold War.”

Smoking Under the Tsars

Guest: Tricia Starks on Smoking under the Tsars: A History of Tobacco in Imperial Russia published by Cornell University Press.

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.