Tag: Stalinism

To Protect Itself, Kremlin has Seized Control of Debates about Stalin, Pavlova Says

November 10, 2015

Staunton, November 6 – The Kremlin has taken control not only of public discussions about memory of the repressed and not only about any criticism of Stalin but also “criticism of the contemporary exaltation of Stalin,” lest that lead Russians to draw the obvious parallels between the late dictator and Vladimir Putin, according to Irina […]

Russia has Reached Its Own Very Different ‘End of History’ and West has Failed to Recognize This, Pavlova Says

July 7, 2015

Staunton, July 6 NB: As longtime readers of Windows on Eurasia know, there is no commentator on Russian politics for which I have greater respect than historian Irina Pavlova. Her 70 essays written between 2006 and 2014 and which appeared on Grani.ru and Rufabula.com are among the most insightful commentaries we have on the nature […]

For Russians, the 20th Century with Its Historical Shortcomings Hasn’t Ended, Kobrin Says

June 7, 2015

Staunton, June 3 – Centuries do not always correspond to the period between years ending in 00. Most historians argue that the nineteenth century, for example, lasted from 1815 with the defeat of Napoleon until 1914 when World War I broke out. And now a Moscow historian is arguing that “in Russia, the 20th century […]

As in Stalin’s Time, Russians are Again Denouncing Others for Personal Gain, Kirillova Says

March 11, 2015

Staunton, March 11 – As in Stalin’s time, Russians are now denouncing other Russians simply in order to get their apartments, their jobs or other benefits, a trend that reflects the current moral degradation of Russian society and one that can lead to a situation in which denunciations and purges get out of hand, according […]

Putin’s ‘Conservative Revolutionaries’ Dreaming of National Socialist Utopia

February 1, 2015

Staunton, January 30 – The old left-right continuum in Russian politics with its differences between conservatives and reformers ceased to be relevant as the basis for analysis and understanding with Putin’s Anschluss of Crimea and the formation of a populist left-right alliance of support, according to Aleksandr Morozov. In a commentary in New Times, he […]

Russia’s ‘Era of Freedom’ has Come to an End, Academician Says

October 20, 2014

Staunton, October 19 – Russia’s 25-year-long era of freedom, which began in 1989 with the Congress of Peoples Deputies, has come to an end and the prospects for the future are extremely bleak, according to Academician Yury Pivovarov. If Russians do not transform themselves, their country risks becoming part of the third world. In an […]

Moscow Hopes to Use Soft Power to Influence Intellectuals Abroad and Thus Defend Itself

August 13, 2014

Staunton, August 13 – The Soviet government benefited from the fact that many African, Asian and Latin American leaders received educations in the USSR, and the Putin regime hopes to build on that past not only by attracting more students from these countries but by opening Russian-run universities and cultural centers in these countries. Like […]

Not Satisfied with Jailing Environmentalist, Russian Prison Bosses Setting Other Prisoners Against Him

June 10, 2014

Staunton, June 10 – Apparently not satisfied simply with sending Yevgeny Vitishko to a prison camp for three years for his exposes of environmental depredation by the authorities in advance of the Sochi Olympics, the commanders of the facility where he is serving his sentence are seeking to set other prisoners against him and thus […]