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About Mischa Gabowitsch

Mischa Gabowitsch is a sociologist and historian, a member of the Einstein Forum in Potsdam, Germany. He is the author of Protest in Putin’s Russia and co-organiser of He is currently researching commemorative practices and Soviet war memorials. He is the former editor of Laboratorium and Neprikosnovennyi zapas.

Articles by Mischa Gabowitsch

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Francesc Badia i Dalmases is Editor and Director of democraciaAbierta.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

The politics of Russia’s armed forces day

On the symbolism of Defender of the Fatherland Day, a celebration of Russia’s armed forces and de-facto Men’s Day. Русский

Putin’s regimes

Five years ago today, the first mass demonstration of Russia's 2011-2013 protest cycle took place. To mark this, we publish an excerpt from Protest in Putin's Russia, a new book that digs into the details of civic action and regime transformation in the Putin era. 

Inside the looking glass: a reply to Nicolai N Petro

A roseate portrait of Russian political life is far from the reality that frames Russians' lives, says Mischa Gabowitsch.
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