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Presnya: a Discussion with Ilya Budraitskis

The Tashkent Film Festival was a major venue for international exchange among the filmmakers, critics, as well as the politically engaged artists worldwide, and a unique screening space for World Cinema in the 1960s-1970s.


How Pushkin Became a Cat, Part II

Sometimes, it turns out, "Pushkin" is simply a fun nickname, in no way “instantly summoning,” as the devoted Gogol put it, “an intimation of Russia’s national poet.”


New Languages of Hostility and Resistance: Politicizing Russophone Poetry, Part I

Since Russia invaded Ukraine in February 2022, the amount of Russian-language poetry online has skyrocketed. Some poems express support for the war. Others resist not only Russian aggression itself, but also the Kremlin propaganda worldview, which defines the “good” as whatever benefits the regime.


Overkill, Part II: The Bolotnaya Verdict

Transforming insane claims against activists into legal fact, Russian courts are continuing their established role as blunt weapons in the Kremlin assault on society.


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