Kotkin on Stalin
Reviews

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 turbulent time
Interview

A turbulent time

Dr. Serhii Plokhii is the Mykhailo Hrushevksy Professor of Ukrainian History at Harvard University and Director of the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute. He is one of the foremost historians of Ukraine. In the second and final part of this interview with Vostok Cable, he talks with Kimberly St. Julian about themes thrown up by his … Continue reading

Chronicling the Last Empire
Interview

Chronicling the Last Empire

Dr. Serhii Plokhii is the Mykhailo Hrushevksy Professor of Ukrainian History at Harvard University and Director of the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute. He is one of the foremost historians of Ukraine. In a two-part interview with Vostok Cable, he talks with Kimberly St. Julian about his career, current work, and the strained relationship between Russia and … Continue reading

Obituary: Natalya Gorbanevskaya, Who Was Who She Was
Analysis

Obituary: Natalya Gorbanevskaya, Who Was Who She Was

New Eastern Europe and EUSpeak contributor, Emily Tamkin, profiles the late Soviet-era dissident, Natalya Gorbanevskaya, whom she interviewed last year. “Soviet dissident Gorbanevskaya dies”, the BBC News headline reads. In fact, it is a title to which Natalya Gorbanevskaya, who passed away in Paris at the age of 77 this past Friday, and who is … Continue reading

Back in the USSR
Reviews

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