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January 15, 2015
Trotsky on Trotskyites
Trotsky on Trotskyites
By Eugenia Sokolskaya

How can you be accused of wanting to restore the bourgeoisie when all you've said is that the current policy isn't anti-bourgeoisie enough? Leon Trotsky responds to the nonsense dominating Soviet courtrooms in the 1930's.
 

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Tags: trotsky, kamenev, zinovyev, stalin, show trials, soviet union, russia
January 3, 2015
Ivan the Terrible, Tsar of All Russias
Ivan the Terrible, Tsar of All Russias
By Eugenia Sokolskaya

Tsar Ivan IV had a bit of a temper. When you look at his record of dramatic self-exile, tyrannical persecution, domestic abuse, and abrupt changes of heart, you realize that the current meaning of "Terrible" fits him quite well.

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Tags: Ivan the Terrible, russia, tyranny
December 31, 2014
Our First Cold War
Our First Cold War
By Yulia Berenberg

When the Editors at Russian Life asked me to write about how my friends and I (“the younger generation”) view the current state of Russian-American relations, given the events of 2014, I honestly had to pause and think about it.

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Tags: us-russian relations, cold war, putin, youth
December 23, 2014
Yolka
Yolka
By Mikhail Zoshchenko

As a special gift, we share a somewhat untypical holiday story, reprinted from the pages of Chtenia, by the master humorist and short story writer Mikhail Zoshchenko. 

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Tags: zoshchenko, christmas, holidays, fiction
December 17, 2014
Ruble Rabble: The Kremlin's Grand Strategy
Ruble Rabble: The Kremlin's Grand Strategy
By Paul E. Richardson

World oil prices are plummeting, the ruble is in free fall, the Russian economy is on the brink of a recession, inflation is climbing, and the Russian Central Bank’s benchmark interest rate has jumped to 17 percent. Meanwhile, President Putin still has popularity ratings in the 80 percent range and there is, seemingly, no panic in the streets of Moscow. What is going on? What is Putin’s game? 

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December 15, 2014
The Winter War: More than a Prelude
The Winter War: More than a Prelude
By Eugenia Sokolskaya

The Soviet war with Finland in 1939-1940 tends to get overshadowed by its notable neighbor, World War II. But in fact, the Winter War was a disaster all its own.

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Tags: winter war, soviet union, finland