Russian history and culture, from a historian in Cambridge

The end of the Soviet Union: the end of social citizenship?

Who can doubt that social welfare was at the heart of late Soviet citizenship? Being a Soviet citizen was partly defined by the unique web of benefits to which one … Continue reading

November 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

How the Scottish referendum helps us understand Russia

The United Kingdom has pulled away from the precipice. Scottish people voted against independence, and we remain the same multinational country as before. But the basic problem is not solved. … Continue reading

October 16, 2014 · Leave a comment