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Unlimited Stars for Alexievich: THE Oral History of Eastern-Block Communism & the Transition to Capitalism

Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets by Svetlana Alexievich
First English Translation
by Bela Shayevich on May 24, 2016
Random House
Source: ARC from Random House via Netgalley… 1,544 more words


Russian Intellectuals and the Intelligentsia by Gaither Stewart

by Gaither Stewart
Writer, Dandelion Salad
Rome, Italy
May 27, 2016

The Determinant Class of Contemporary Russian History

Russia! What a marvelous phenomenon on the world scene!

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Baikonur and the Buran

A few days ago, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launched a model space shuttle.

At 7 metres long, the model is only a fraction of the size of the planned vehicle, but the launch was still significant. 1,696 more words


Cup of Coffee on May Day

May Day, Mayday

The May Day demonstration in Vienna gave us a jolt even though it did not look like a real demonstration. Not to immigrants fresh—10 days, to be exact—out of the country that celebrated that holiday with abandon. 424 more words


'The jungle law of capitalism': economics of encirclement

Note: starting with this post, all blog posts will use endnotes rather than in-line citations, and the bibliographic style will be switched from MLA to Chicago. 3,083 more words


26 May 2016. A Word to the Wise From the Russian Bear


Why does the Anglo intel apparat always get Russia not only wrong, but spectacularly wrong? Firstly, it’s getting crank sources. There are four main groups providing raw intel on Russia. 264 more words


Spartak, survival and success: the story of Nikolai Starostin

For most people the name Spartacus remind them of the Roman gladiator who led a slave uprising against the Roman Empire more than 2,000 years ago. 2,389 more words