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Russia



  • Desiring Machines

    In 1993, soon after the fall of the Soviet Union, consensual same-sex relationships were decriminalized in Russia as the economy underwent a wrenching transition away from central planning. Documentarian William E. Jones documents this moment by splicing together the non-sexual scenes from gay pornography shot in the former Soviet bloc. 


  • Poles Apart: Putin, Poland and the Nazi-Soviet Pact

    by Geoffrey Roberts

    As the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II approaches, two of that war’s main victims – Poland and Russia – are once again embroiled in a highly emotional dispute about its origins. At the heart of the matter is the perennial controversy about the Nazi-Soviet pact of 23 August 1939. 



  • Putin’s Big Historical Lie

    by Anne Applebaum

    In a series of comments in late December, the Russian president appeared to blame Poland for the outbreak of the Second World War.


  • Russian Victories in the Post-Cold War Era

    by Albert M. Camarillo

    Putin’s Russia is winning battles to destabilize the U.S. that former USSR leaders such as Joseph Stalin, Nikita Khrushchev, and Leonid Brezhnev had tried but failed.