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Final Diary Entries Before Arrest
May 31, 2017

Final Diary Entries Before Arrest

By Ilya Venyavkin

In cooperation with the “Lived” Project, Arzamas selected personal diary entries written immediately before their authors were arrested during the Great Terror. Almost all of these diaries were kept in the FSB Archive – the principal source of information for historians working on the events of 1937 – 1938.

How to Properly Accept Bribes
May 28, 2017

How to Properly Accept Bribes

By Yulia Bogatko

This is a short extract from a satirical book published in 1837, from which we learn: what sorts of bribes there are; why it is better to take a bribe during lunch; why gaudy is better than a bullfinch; the language in which one should speak of bribes; and how to avoid punishment for receiving bribes.

Aurora's Sunset
May 01, 2017

Aurora's Sunset

By Natalya Beskhlebnaya

Soviet revolutionary mythology had it that the Aurora’s shot, signaling the beginning of the Bolshevik Revolution, was heard round the world. We check in to find out the latest on the cruiser, and to examine some of its own myths.

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