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March 28, 2015
Smoktunovsky: Portrait of an Actor
Smoktunovsky: Portrait of an Actor
By Eugenia Sokolskaya

A generation of Soviets grew up seeing the face of actor Innokenty Smoktunovsky in his varied roles, both on screen and on stage. But what was his actual life like? In this snippet, he gives a taste of the trials he underwent as a soldier fighting the Nazis.

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Tags: world war ii, smoktunovsky, memoir
March 8, 2015
International Women's Day: A Look Back
International Women's Day: A Look Back
By Eugenia Sokolskaya

Tired of having to do Valentine's Day and Mother's Day separately? Try it the Russian way and combine them into International Women's Day! A closer look at this convenient holiday's socialist origins and not-so-socialist present form.

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Tags: russia, holiday, women, socialism
March 2, 2015
Dizzy with "Success": The Horrors of Collectivization
Dizzy with "Success": The Horrors of Collectivization
By Eugenia Sokolskaya

Collectivization in the Soviet Union was a time of hunger, suffering, and massive death tolls – even as the papers proclaimed phenomenal success. One former peasant's memoirs give us a window on that terrible time.

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Tags: soviet union, collectivization, stalin, dekulakization
February 28, 2015
Boris Nemtsov
Boris Nemtsov
By Paul E. Richardson

On Friday night, just steps from St. Basil's Cathedral, one of the bravest and most vocal opponents of the Kremlin was gunned down by unknown assailants. How are Russians reacting?

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Tags: politics, Kremlin, Putin, murder
February 23, 2015
Decoding Leviathan
Decoding Leviathan
By Diana Bruk

Leviathan is not, as virtually every mainstream critic has presumed, “anti-Russian.” I watched the movie resolutely prepared to intensely dislike it. I fully believed it would shamelessly pander to an American public eager to see a film that demonized Putin and made the country seem like a hellish landscape of unsalvageable bleakness. But that was not at all the case. 

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Tags: leviathan, film, oscars, zvyagintsev
February 14, 2015
The Sino-Soviet Love-Hate Relationship
The Sino-Soviet Love-Hate Relationship
By Eugenia Sokolskaya

On Valentine's Day 65 years ago, the USSR and China signed their Treaty of Friendship. But their budding romance was not to last: just six years later the relationship went south, and nothing has been as rosy since.

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Tags: china, ussr, russia, international relation, treaties