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Serebrennikov and the attack of the Russian state-security chimera

There’s a chimera coming for Russian theatre – and it’s not corruption, but a bloated state apparatus. RU

A culinary conflict in the South Caucasus

How national cuisines became yet another battlefield in the enmity between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Русский

The rise of Andrei Zvyagintsev

The recent successes of Russian film director Andrei Zvyagintsev is a reminder of how artists are pigeon-holed into national frames — and how Russian culture has become all-too parochial.

Russifying revolutionary art at the Royal Academy

This year, many institutions are marking 100 years of the Russian Revolution. A recent exhibition about Russia's revolutionary art reminds us of the academy's cultural blindspots.  

Putin's nation-building project offers reconciliation without truth

The Kremlin has resorted to obfuscating the past in the name of national reconciliation.

What the Russian theatre critics won’t tell you

This new Moscow online journal is devoted to theatre. But it’s more like an activist project than a traditional arts magazine. Русский

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

Социалистическая любовь: от утопии к прагматизму

Когда в страну приходят танки, они не останавливаются на главной площади - они катятся дальше, прямиком в спальни и будуары мирных граждан. Пражская весна смела утопические идеи о любви - поставив на место мечты смирение. English

Холодная война или горячая любовь? О столкновении романтических цивилизаций

С распадом Советского Союза произошла революция интимного. Сменился не только политический и экономический режим - сменился режим эмоциональный. English

You’re better than you think

The events of the the past year have convinced many that Russians have lost their capacity for empathy. As though we believe there’s nobody worse than us: cynically and ruthlessly indifferent. Русский

Words and war: Russian and Ukrainian linguists struggle to find common ground

The Russo-Ukrainian conflict has affected all aspects of relations between the two countries – even the way they talk (or don’t talk) about it. Русский

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

 

Clash of victimhoods: the Volhynia Massacre in Polish and Ukrainian memory

As we become increasingly aware of the tragic past, how can we avoid fuelling resentment along national lines in the present?

Wołyń: towards memory dialogue between Poland and Ukraine

A new film opens up the horrors of the Second World War, but will it enable reconciliation?

What place for women in Ukraine’s memory politics?

Conflict may have forced Ukraine to re-evaluate its past, but public officials do their country a disservice by excluding and particularising the role of women. Українською

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

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

 

The green shoots of Russian grassroots activism (part 2)

Our story on Russia’s grassroots activism continues. From Moscow’s parks to federal highways, ordinary citizens learn the power of protest  and of solidarity.

The green shoots of Russian grassroots activism

What do two Moscow parks and a truck drivers’ trade union have in common? They have been the focus of protests that have shown that the Russian public may be losing its traditional passivity.

Burning doors: a new touring play documents repressions of Russian artists

This new play charts the fate of artists in contemporary Russia. It’s a brave endeavour, and it’s boldly staged — but could it be bolder still?

Book review: Veiled and unveiled in Chechnya and Dagestan

This new book aims to “unveil” society in Chechnya and Dagestan — instead, it’s a perfect guide of how not to write about the North Caucasus.

“Azerbaijanism”

Azerbaijan’s post-Soviet memory politics are great at uniting society. Too bad it’s against external enemies. Русский

Bandera mythologies and their traps for Ukraine

Our discussion of history politics and mythmaking in Ukraine is desperately un-nuanced. We need to restore complexity to our understanding of social and cultural hybridity — past and present. Українською

Ukraine’s struggle with the past is ours too

What happens in Ukraine does not stay in Ukraine — uncritical glorification of Ukrainian nationalism is the west’s problem too.

A columnist’s work is never done

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For decades, columnists helped form new communities through their journalism. But now, they're dying out. Русский

 

Victory Day in Tbilisi

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For Georgians, this Soviet commemoration doesn’t just bring up the past — it brings up the present too.

 

Russia's porn stars aren't just hot, they're also ostracised and exploited

Russia’s porn stars may have a reputation on the net, but they enjoy little in terms of rights and respect offline.

 

 

When is an anniversary not an anniversary?

Russia is gearing up for the centennial of its October Revolution, and Ireland has just commemorated the centenary of its Easter Rising. Would their leaders recognise their countries today? Русский

Book review: Neil Kent’s “Crimea: a history”

A new history of Crimea argues for the peninsula’s central importance to Europe — via Russia. The result is misleading.

 

Russian culture through Lviv’s looking glass

They may not love Putin in Lviv, but the people of this western Ukrainian city have nothing against Russian culture. Русский, Українською

Русская культура во львовском зазеркалье

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Путина во Львове очень не любят, но к русской культуре претензий не имеют – скорее к самим себе. English, Українською 

 

Book review: Oleg Kashin’s “Fardwor, Russia!”

Oleg Kashin’s new novel blends a resurrected Soviet-era sci-fi with some robust political satire, but for what audience?

 


Crimea’s Ukrainian underground

Two years after Crimea became part of the Russian Federation, most traces of Ukrainian culture have effectively disappeared from the peninsula. Русский Українською

Dancing to Moscow’s tune

If we’re going to understand Russian perceptions of Ukraine, we need to examine its cultural imagination. Русский

 

A sinless Russian spring

Russia has been celebrating the second anniversary of its annexation of Crimea. Is there any guilt behind the gloating?

 

Cultural cooperation in a time of war: the view from Kyiv

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How the conflict between Russia and Ukraine has changed the face of cultural exchange. Русский, Українською

 

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