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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…

Something is rotten in the state of Russia

The impending schism in the East Orthodox Church, what some believe would be the largest schism in the Christian church in centuries, is yet another blow to the “all Rus’” concept of the origin of East Slavs and their modern nations. The all-Rus theory is contingent upon the shared space, language, customs, and religion of…

Who is next for Russia?

Without a doubt, Russia is a nation with imperialistic goals. With the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine by the Russian Federation in March 2014, Russia has not slowed on war path with the conflict in Ukraine on their western border. On their northwestern border, Russia has set its sights on a new conquest: the border…

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