BEYOND THE KREMLIN

Russian history, Russian culture, Moscow today: a Cambridge historian's blog

Exiting the EU on Siegfried Sassoon’s time machine

Until today, Britain has been a member of the European Union for almost 47 years. Only people in their mid-fifties can have accurate memories of British life before accession to … Continue reading

January 31, 2020

History on fire, from Notre Dame to Napoleon

Why do we cry when old buildings burn down? On Monday evening, life stopped for many people while the Cathedral of Notre Dame was on fire. Why does the fate … Continue reading

April 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Roy Jenkins in Moscow: a Brexit story

Seeking solace from Brexit, one could turn to the life of Roy Jenkins (1920-2003). As Home Secretary and Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jenkins was among the most distinguished Labour politicians … Continue reading

August 14, 2016 · Leave a comment

Europe, the KGB, and the Greek crisis

Would you trust a KGB man? Condoleezza Rice was close to Sergei Ivanov when she was National Security Advisor and then Secretary of State during the presidency of George W. Bush. … Continue reading

June 22, 2015 · Leave a comment