BEYOND THE KREMLIN

Russia past and present, from a historian in Cambridge

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