BEYOND THE KREMLIN

Russia past and present, from a historian in Cambridge

Rights against Leviathan?

‘You never had any fucking rights and you never will,’ says a Russian mayor to a local man whose house he wants to steal. It’s late at night, somewhere in the … Continue reading

February 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

When is Russian New Year not New Year?

Little Blue Flame was a hugely popular variety show on Soviet television. Its New Year special was an extravaganza that featured all kinds of stars. But the countdown to midnight … Continue reading

January 1, 2015 · Leave a comment

When did today dawn in Russia?

Not an easy question for a country with so many time zones, but it’s even worse if you’re a historian. For historians, ‘today’ means ‘contemporary history’, but today might stretch … Continue reading

October 31, 2014 · Leave a comment