All the Russias' Blog

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The Great Chernobyl Acceleration

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One researcher in search of definitive answers to long-term health effects from Chernobyl has a radical idea about how to accelerate cleanup of the accident’s contamination: Buy the radioactive berries local residents pick, and dispose of them as nuclear waste.

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The Khachaturyan Sisters and Russia’s History of Fighting Terror at Home

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The case of the Khachaturyan sisters reads like one of Liudmila Petrushevskaya’s darkest tales. On August 2, 2018, Maria (age 17), Angelina (18), and Krestina (19) were arrested on charges of having murdered their father Mikhail. He had subjected them to years of severe physical and sexual abuse, including beating them with the butt of a pistol, cutting them with knives, and attacking them with pepper spray. His body was found in the stairwell of their Moscow apartment building with 36 stab wounds around the chest and neck and pepper spray in his eyes. The sisters confessed but said their lives had been at risk. They are currently awaiting trial.

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Moscow and the Harlem Renaissance: The LIT Podcast

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The LIT podcast, created within the framework of Jennifer Wilson’s seminar “The Harlem Renaissance: From New York to Tashkent,” is a space to discuss specific pieces of literature in relation to current events and trends. The first three episodes focus on the intersection between Russian literature and contemporary topics, connecting American popular culture to the works of notable Russians.

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Harlem, Moscow and the Digital International: Spotlight on Student Work

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Some years ago, I had the pleasure of teaching a course on the Harlem Renaissance in Moscow. The class, “The Harlem Renaissance: From New York to Tashkent,” followed the travels of prominent black artists and intellectuals of the 1920s and 30s (Langston Hughes, Claude McKay, Dorothy West) throughout the Soviet Union. For those interested in learning more about that course, I blogged about the experience for this website in a four-part series titled “Teaching Race in Russia.”

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Kvas Patriotism in Russia: Cultural Problems, Cultural Myths

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Professor Brintlinger’s argument is developed along three ideas: Russian ideas about food become heightened during times of war and conflict; specific foods embody meaning beyond their sustenance value, to include national pride; and certain foods, such as potatoes, kvas and shchi, harken back to Russia’s peasant roots.

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