Ben Walsh
Articles by Ben Walsh

Red Fingerprints: The Soviet Legacy in the Horn of Africa

It is symbolic that the most enduring legacy of the Soviet Union on the African continent is the Kalashnikov pattern rifle.

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Putin: Fascist or “Merely” Soviet? Part II

Putin’s worldview owes less to apocalyptic fascisms like Nazism than to his experiences as a young man working in the Soviet intelligence service. At base, he is a conservative whose heart belongs more to the Soviet 1970s than to Imperial Russia.

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Putin: Fascist or “Merely” Soviet? Part I

In many ways, Putin’s regime meets the expanded definition of fascism. In recent years, Russian public discourse has become increasingly nationalistic, with Putin positioning Russia as a singular civilization locked in a decisive struggle with a decadent, materialistic, and debauched “West.”

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