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“The Reddest of the Blacks”

For the past several months, I’ve been researching the life of Lovett Fort-Whiteman. Here’s a short film I made about his eventual arrest and death in Stalinist Russia.

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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...

SRB Weekly Dispatch #7

The SRB Weekly Dispatch #7, the newsletter that rewinds the week in Russia, is out. You can access the newsletter here. You can read newsletters #1-6 here. Subscribe to the SRB Weekly Dispatch! * indicates required Email Address * First Name Last Name Country Email Format html text View...

Support the SRB Podcast!

  Since 2005, I’ve provided critical commentary on Russia’s past and present on this blog. These many years of blogging proved to me that there is general public interest beyond the academy and expert community for critical, nuanced, and thoughtful commentary on Russia. In 2015, I decided to take...

There Is No Other Way

Oleg Shein posted the following on his Facebook page: Today, the State Duma adopted a law raising the minimum wage from 6200 to 7500 rubles. This is definitely a good move. In fact, it’s not so small for workers who earn pennies. In 2011, 2.3 million people earned less than a...

SRB Weekly Dispatch #2

The SRB Weekly Dispatch #2, a weekly newsletter rewinding Russia, came out today. If you’re not subscribed and would like to read it, you can find it here. If you missed last week’s you can read it here. You can sign up for the weekly edition to be sent...

The Callousness of Russian Intensive Care Units

I don’t normally hype the translations I’ve been doing on side for Meduza’s English portal. I feel I don’t need to promote everything. But I wanted to draw readers to this recent translation I did of Katerina Gordeeva’s article “The business of breathing How Vladimir Putin tried and failed...

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...