In the several chapters which deal with Russia’s transformation from a state-run to a mixed economy, Putin is described as frequently involved, but only indirectly: never the main mover and never in the spotlight. (more…)
On yet another exciting episode of The Writers’ Bloc, host Nick Jeelvy was joined by special guest Endeavour to talk about the situation on the ground in Russia (pictured) and “The Moral Equivalent of War,” a 1906 speech by William James, and it is now available for download and online listening.
First impressions of Russia
Russian architecture (more…)
I walked amid thousands of pilgrims carrying icons and clutching crosses close to their breasts in the shadow of the bell tower of the Bolshoi Zlatoust church. The magnificent Russo-Byzantine edifice, now bathed in silver starlight, having been so faithfully reconstructed in 2010 after the communists had blasted Saint Maximian’s holy place with dynamite some eighty years before to make way for a statue to their new gods, Lenin and Stalin.
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The Red Terror: Lenin and the October Revolution
Prison of the Nation presents an original view of the Communist Revolution in Russia in 1917. (more…)
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The Archetype of the Tyrant: Ivan the Terrible
While Ivan III laid the foundations of an independent Russian kingdom (or rather a Muscovite Orthodox khanate) it was his grandson Ivan IV Vasilyevich, better known as Ivan the Terrible who created tsarist Russia and began the real Muscovite expansions of the 16th century.