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5 Reasons Silver is Precious
December 17, 2015

5 Reasons Silver is Precious

By Alice E.M. Underwood

As a metal, Silver means second place; as a period of poetic production in Russia, the Silver Age is unparalleled. The years 1890-1925 (give or take) stand out for the explosion of poetic voices, forms, and innovations. With help from the recently published Russian Silver Age Poetry, we explore what sets that period apart.

The Course of Revolution Is Not Smooth
December 09, 2015

The Course of Revolution Is Not Smooth

By Eugenia Sokolskaya

With the temporary triumph of Russian workers in the 1905 revolution, every opposition party expects a piece of the pie. But not if it's the anarchist party! Just ten years after his own politically-motivated arrest and exile, Vladimir Lenin wrote a scathing critique of the anarchists' attempt to join the revolution and work toward a better society.

Ten Years of Napoleon
November 20, 2015

Ten Years of Napoleon

By Eugenia Sokolskaya

In 1805 Napoleon was crushing the Russian army. In 1815 victorious Russian troops were stationed in the French capital under the just-signed treaty of Paris. And in between there was a peace treaty and yet another war. How did they have time for all of that?

Stars and Purges
October 30, 2015

Stars and Purges

By Eugenia Sokolskaya

Eighty years ago, the Kremlin towers acquired their first stars, gleaming with gold and diamonds. But meticulously collected records show that on those same days, people were being arrested and sentenced across the country. On this Day of Memory for Victims of Political Repression, we recall a few of their names.

City Under Siege
September 08, 2015

City Under Siege

By Eugenia Sokolskaya

The Siege of Leningrad started 74 years ago, September 8, 1941. Over 70 years after the defeat of the Axis powers, we look back at the deadliest siege in human history.

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