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About Mikhail Kaluzhsky

Mikhail Kaluzhsky is Lead Russian-Language Editor at oDR. He is the author of Music Repressed (2007) and many documentary theatre projects. In 2012-2014 he curated the theatre programme at Moscow's Andrei Sakharov Center. He can be found on Twitter via @kaluzhsky. 

Articles by Mikhail Kaluzhsky

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Constitutional conventions: best practice

"Activists can move a tombstone, but they cannot restore it": How photographer Christian Herrmann makes a vanished world visible

How photography and civic activism can bring an understanding of a shared past and mutual responsibility.

Arseny Roginsky: Giving Russia its history back

On 18 December, Arseny Roginsky, historian, dissident and one of the founders of Russia’s Memorial society, passed away. He will be sorely missed. RU

Humanism is out of fashion

In today’s Russia, why is anti-militaristic speech perceived as a call for historical revisionism? RU

Reading other people’s diaries in Russia

Historian Mikhail Melnichenko runs a digital archive of personal diaries from Russia's 20th century. The result is both an alternative to tightly guarded government archives and an important artistic resource. RU


Russian theatre is fighting for the right to independence and diversity — and showing how to do that beyond political protest. RU

Fighting back, in the back of beyond

Across Russia, active citizens are fighting for their neighbourhoods, livelihoods and against systemic corruption. The moment when these agendas meet will be an important one.

Dance me to the end of history

From one man’s search for his ancestor’s executioners to Holocaust dances  here’s how Russia learns to forget. Русский


“You wanted civil society? Well, now you’ve got it”


Amid Russia’s conservative turn, a new brand of conservative civil society is mobilising against freedom of expression. Русский


Russia’s reluctant elections

The results may be predictable, but Russia’s parliamentary elections hint at the next stage of regime mobilisation.

Listening to the “voices” in August 1991, or the media we need today


The events of August 1991 weren’t just an unexpected win for democracy. They were a reminder of the role of mass media for people who suddenly lost access to information. Русский

Brexit: the view from Eurasia

Whether you’re in Mariupol or Margate, politics has become an organic part of the tabloid press. Our media should change to tackle this.

From Panama, via London, with love


The Panama Papers implicate more than just a few select international leaders. They demonstrate how offshore finance and corrupt leaders in the post-Soviet space thrive off each other.

Beyond the frontline: introducing a new series for oDR


Mainstream media focuses on the military and political conflict between Russia and Ukraine. Yet Russians and Ukrainians keep their ties. To ignore these connections is to trust our future to the politicians. Русский Українською



The sentence against Nadiya Savchenko is absurd. Where do we go from here? Русский


Why we don’t publish articles about Putin


Mainstream media in the west and Russia is fixated on the Russian president. Here’s why we’re not. Deutsch


Novosibirsk's cultural history of loss

Novosibirsk_theatre_0.jpg When it comes to loss, this city has form stretching back to the Soviet era. But is the scandal surrounding the city's Opera House just another page in this century-long saga?


Russia’s repressive monument to victims of political repression

Screen Shot 2015-02-24 at 15.36.17.pngThe Russian state’s recognition of terror victims in marble and concrete is its own form of totalitarianism. на русском языке


Farewell to Florida

Richard Florida's 2002 book on the "creative class" has found an unexpectedly fervent following in Russia, but did that class ever exist here? Русский

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