For Richard Pipes, the anticommunist ideologue and historian, Soviet tyranny was rooted not in communism, but in the Russian soul.
Sean Guillory is the host of the SRB Podcast, a weekly podcast on Eurasian politics, history, and culture and the digital-scholarship curator in the Russian and East European Studies Center at the University of Pittsburgh.
Politically isolated and facing repression, the Russian left is pondering its future.
Today’s election in Russia will bring another empty political spectacle to a close. But the contest over the country’s future will just be getting started.
The Russian left doesn’t just belong to the past. It can use the surge around Alexei Navalny to grow a new independent movement.
With rampant talk of Russian interference, it’s worth recounting Washington’s role in undermining Russia’s 1996 election.