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Kotkin on Stalin
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Kotkin on Stalin

Stephen Kotkin appeared at the London School of Economics to discuss the first volume of his trilogy on Stalin. Josh Black reviews the event. Princeton academic Stephen Kotkin is most famous for his deep dive into the Stalin-era industrial town Magnitorsk. Yet for his latest project, the historian has taken on Uncle Joe himself. The … Continue reading

A new offensive
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A new offensive

The Kremlin-funded, English language news channel RT (formerly Russia Today), had an awkward summer, with several resignations over its editorial policies and controversial reporting on the crisis in Ukraine. As it makes a new attempt to win over Western audiences, Andrea Peycheva explores RT’s chequered history. Much has been said about Russia’s media – that … Continue reading

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In Moldova, an election that solves nothing

The results of a general election on 30 November show Moldovans are split on whether to pursue closer ties with the European Union or maintain existing relations with the Russian Federation, complicating the crafting of a sustainable national identity across ideological lines. Amelie Meyer-Robinson assesses what the upcoming coalition negotiations hold in store for Moldova. … Continue reading

Conspiracy abounds
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Conspiracy abounds

John B. Dunlop, The Moscow Bombings of September 1999: Examinations of Russian Terrorist Attacks at the Onset of Vladimir Putin’s Rule, (July 2014: second, revised and expanded edition) Book review by Paul Hansbury One of the least credible claims made following the downing of Flight MH17 originated with separatist leader Igor Girkin, a.k.a. Strelkov. On 18 … Continue reading