Back in the USSR
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Back in the USSR

Vostok Cable editor, Josh Black, reviews How The Beatles Rocked the Kremlin. The untold story of a noisy revolution. By: Leslie Woodhead. Publisher: Bloomsbury, New York, 2013. What began as the peak of youthful idealism collapsed under unprecedented cynicism, long before outsiders expected. Whether it was external influences, the corrupting influence of money, or sheer … Continue reading

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János Kornai and Marxism

Originally posted on Hungarian Spectrum:
A few days ago I promised to write something about a short essay by János Kornai, the famous Hungarian economist, on his encounter with Marxism. The essay, entitled “Marx egy kelet-európai értelmiségi szemével” (Marx through the eyes of an Eastern European intellectual), appeared in a volume of Kornai’s collected essays, Gondolatok…

What’s so evil about Vladimir Putin?
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What’s so evil about Vladimir Putin?

Mail on Sunday columnist Peter Hitchens recently challenged the Oxford University International Relations Society with this provocative question. Paul Hansbury comments on Hitchens’ talk. On a balmy spring evening, Peter Hitchens attracted a full house to the basement lecture theatre at Exeter College. The event had been advertised on noticeboards around the University with a … Continue reading

Putinism: an ideology?
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Putinism: an ideology?

On February 12 2013, Anne Applebaum addressed a capacity crowd at the LSE on the topic of “Putinism – The Ideology.” Andrew White summarises her critique. According to Anne Applebaum, the distinct form of government adopted by Russia in the new Millenium is a direct result of the personality and beliefs of Vladimir Putin himself. … Continue reading