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The Podcast Theme Song

Many people have asked me about the theme song to the SRB Podcast. So instead of answering the question over and over by individual request, I’ve finally decided to post it on the blog for all to enjoy. The song is Moya Marusechka (Моя Марусечка) by Petr Leshchenko, 1898-1954...

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SRB Weekly Dispatch #1

I’ve started a weekly newsletter and the first edition is now available. Readers can access it here. If you’d like to subscribe and get it in your email inbox, please fill out the form below. Subscribe to the SRB Weekly Dispatch! * indicates required Email Address * First Name...

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A Letter to the Russian Elite

I was on Brian Whitmore’s Power Vertical podcast this week. In thinking over some of my comments, I realized that I was basically giving the Russian elite advice on how to be a functioning bourgeoisie. The bourgeois class project in Russia has been a historical failure. Russia’s third bourgeois is currently...

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Russian Debt Collectors’ Reign of Terror

I wrote an article for OpenDemocracy on microloans and debt collector violence. I’ve been mulling the article since January when I read a gruesome story about a debt collector throwing a Molotov cocktail through the debtor’s window severely burning his two year old grandson. A Google news search revealed that...

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19 Million Russians

Over 19 million Russians live in poverty, according to a recent article in Dengi. But how is poverty determined in the Russian context? For Rosstat to categorize you as in poverty, you need to have an income lower than the subsistence minimum. For the majority of Dengi readers, this...

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Russian LGBTQ and New Left Activism

Guest: Jessica Mason on LGBTQ activism and the New Left in Russia.

Antisemitism and the Russian Revolution

Guest: Brendan McGeever on the Bolsheviks and antisemitism.

The Politics of Russia’s Apartment Demolition

Guest: Maxim Trudolubov on Moscow’s apartment demolition plans.

Feminists in the Maidan

Guest: Emily Channell-Justice on feminist activism and the Maidan.

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The Early Modern Russian Empire

Guest: Nancy Kollmann on The Russian Empire, 1450-1801.

Women, Resistance, and Revolution

Guest: Sheila Rowbotham on a lifetime of socialist feminist activism.

Retrospective on Stalinism

Guest: Sheila Fitzpatrick on Stalinism.

SRB on This is Hell!

A This is Hell! interview with your humble host.

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Stalin’s Last Days

Guest: Joshua Rubenstein on The Last Days of Stalin.

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