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Svetlana Alexievich: Second-hand Time

I really don’t know where to start with this book: it’s probably the most harrowing thing I’ve ever read, and will go around in my head for ages. 631 more words


What was the significance of the international situation to the unfolding of the 'Great Terror'?

The 1930s were an increasingly precarious time internationally for the Soviet Union. Hostility towards the regime had been commonplace in the previous decade; but the rise of the Nazis in 1933, who were outwardly and aggressively hostile to the USSR both in its anti-communism and in its pursuit of Anschluss (expansion eastwards), intensified the uncertain position of the USSR on the international stage. 3,653 more words


Did the 'Great Terror' reflect the 'Self-Destruction of the Bolsheviks', as J. Arch Getty has asserted?

J. Arch Getty is one of the leading historians of the Great Terror. In The Road to Terror, published in 1999, one of his fundamental arguments is that the Terror was a part of the the Bolshevik Party’s own self-destruction. 3,206 more words


Stepan Ivanovich Karagodin: Lost and Found

Stepan Ivanovich Karagodin: Lost and Found

An intriguing story has emerged recently in the Russian press and it’s now being picked up by some of the British media. 515 more words


Declaration of the Rights of the People of Russia

Soviet Government Declarations
Declaration of the Rights of the People of Russia V. Ulianov (Lenin) (Soviet History)

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The October revolution of the workmen and peasants began under the common banner of emancipation. 552 more words


New Facebook page: 'Mark Galeotti on Russia'

Many people, especially in Russia, use Facebook as a professional tool, whereas I keep it primarily for personal friends. To bridge the gap between this blog and my… 63 more words

Russian Politics

The White Rose of Stalingrad

“I knew the only way to survive was to be ice inside, to feel absolutely nothing.”

– Pilot Klavdiya Pankratova of the 586th

(Quoted from “ 3,638 more words

Soviet History