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The Empire that Dared Not Speak Its Name: Making Nations in the Soviet State
by Ronald Grigor Suny
“The Soviet Union was an empire within which nations old and new developed, changed, and eventually became self-sufficient enough to opt out.”
The Revolutionary Roots of Russian Foreign Policy
by Jeremy Friedman
“Russia continues to be caught between a need to integrate itself into the West and a desire to maintain its independence from the West.”
The Russian Orthodox Church’s Conservative Crusade
by Kristina Stoeckl
“The Russian Orthodox Church has emerged as a powerful force for cultural, social, and political conservatism.”
Climate Change Adaptation and Traditional Cultures in Northern Russia
by Susan Crate
“Northern Russia’s physical vulnerability to climate change is at best severe, considering the underlying permafrost and the threat that warming presents to that foundation.” Second in a series on climate adaptation around the world.
Perspective: A Perfect Storm: American Media, Russian Propaganda
by Sarah Oates
The Russian state-sponsored campaign to spread disinformation abroad has found fertile ground in the United States, thanks to upheaval in the news media and politicians’ denigration of the press.
Books: Broken Ties in the Ferghana Valley
by Marianne Kamp
An anthropologist with long ties to a border town in Central Asia watched as nationalist sentiment turned what had been an informal boundary into a hard divide between erstwhile neighbors.
What Drives Moscow’s Military Adventurism?
by Pavel K. Baev
“Moscow may not be very good at learning lessons from setbacks, and certainly tends to exaggerate its successes, but it has few doubts about the feasibility of ‘military solutions’ and even fewer reservations about reaching for them.”
The Battle for Historical Memory in Postrevolutionary Ukraine
by Oxana Shevel
“The fundamental dilemma in Ukraine’s decommunization process is how to undo the legal, institutional, and historical legacy of the Soviet era without repeating the Soviet approach of mandating one ‘correct’ interpretation of the past…”
Working-Class Resilience in Russia
by Jeremy Morris
“Workers form the exemplary class of economic, social, and psychological ‘losers’ of the postcommunist transition.” Second in a series on labor relations around the world.
The Soviet Legacy and Women’s Rights in Central Asia
by Marianne Kamp
"While Soviet efforts to promote gender equality are not openly celebrated, the idea planted in the region during that now-disdained era—that men and women should be equal under the law—is still holding fast.”
Perspective: Turkey’s Tenuous Pivot Toward Russia
by Amanda Paul
Ankara is cozying up to Moscow in a momentary fit of pique with the West, but economic and security realities make it likely that Turkey will stay in NATO’s camp.
Books: Who’s to Blame for Putinism?
by Alexander Etkind
Three recent books about Russia and its authoritarian leader offer different theories on how a clique of former spies seized control. The worst answer is to blame the victim.
Books: Anguished Echoes of Empire
by Joshua Lustig
In her latest and most ambitious work, the oral historian Svetlana Alexievich assembles a chorus of ambivalent memories of an empire’s collapse and the wrenching quarter-century since.
The End of Ambiguity in Russia
by Samuel A. Greene
“The narrative underpinning all of these shifts—the construction of a new hierarchy of power, the unrelenting attacks on the opposition, the rise of confrontation with the United States—was one of threat.”
Can Ukraine Save Its Revolution?
by Andrew Wilson
“A new nation is arguably in the making. However, the economy has collapsed, and not enough has changed in the political system. . . . [I]t is too early to celebrate even the positive trends as permanent.”