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HIV dissidents in Russia

Tens of thousands of Russians are subscribed to online forums committed to rejecting mainstream scientific knowledge about HIV/AIDS and the Russian government has taken steps to ban this so-called denialism. Currently, only about a third of Russians diagnosed with the virus are taking steps to managing the progression of the disease through the use of…

“Join us—life will be much simpler and better.”

Directed in 1956 by Don Siegel, Invasion of the Bodie Snatchers is a sci-fi classic. On the surface, the film is like any sci-fi movie: suspenseful, a little scary and entertaining. The era the film was conceived, however, gives it a more sinister undertone with allusions to Communist paranoia many everyday Americans felt during the…

Russian ads

The recent arrest of Julian Assange and the reminder of WikiLeaks’ involvement in the DNC hacking scandal forced me to relive the entirety of 2016, unfortunately. For many Americans, Russia had never been so important as it had been then. Their most widespread—and arguably their most detrimental—act was the thousands of Facebook ads they created…

yet another installment

In 2017, three years-post Russia’s annexation of Crimea, Ukraine detailed the monetary hit they incurred as a result. According to the Ministry of Justice of Ukraine the damage totaled to at least USD 100 billion. Not only did this damage the already strained relationship between the two former USSR territories, this was a very real…

Crimea and Russia

After the annexation of Crimea in 2014, Putin addressed State Duma deputies, Federal Council members, heads of Russian regions and civil society representative in the Kremlin in his speech in Moscow. In it, Putin evokes a sense of historical brotherhood between Crimean Tatars and Russians that was once strained but had been restored since the…

The Kazakh Experiment

In 2024, Vladimir Putin’s second consecutive term will end, and he must decide how and to whom he will hand over his power. Recently, the former leader of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev’s resigned from his post and this has many wondering if, when the time comes, Putin will elect to do the same. And whether, like…

The Rise in Pro-Stalin Sentiment.

In Russia, not only is pro-Stalin sentiment on the rise, but the reimagining of Stalin as an “effective manager” instead of a brutal dictator, is as well. The legacy of Stalin is entangled in its own war on memory, with some trying to stay true to the historical reality of Stalin as the USSR leader…

Soviet era

 Julia Ioffe’s pieces What Putin Really Wants, and Borscht Belt has multiple references to USSR-era life. In today’s class we briefly discussed the reemergence of USSR and Imperial Russia nostalgia in contemporary Russia. This was surprising to me given our earlier class discussions that explored the contemporary rejection of Soviet Russia after its collapse in 1991….

welcome home

The central question of this course is Russia’s place in Europe, specifically Western Europe, Asia or in a place all of its own. Queries about the geographical, and thus ideological placement (or the lack thereof) of Russia among the two continents that border it, as long time been a hot button issue. What makes a…

Mixed Messages

Orthodox Christianity predominates the Russian religious sector. The 1997 Russian law on Freedom of Conscience and Religious Associations only acknowledges the following religions: Christianity (duh), Islam, Buddhism and Judaism as traditional, acceptable religions allowed to be practiced in Russia. The not-so-accidental use of “traditional” as a qualifier is used primarily to justify the marginalization of…

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