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Explaining Pussy Riot, Peter Rutland Jun 2014

Explaining Pussy Riot, Peter Rutland

Peter Rutland

The jailing of Pussy Riot signaled a new authoritarian turn in Putin’s politics, and raised interesting questions about gender and politics in Putin’s Russia.


Looking Back At Brezhnev, Peter Rutland, Victoria Smolkin-Rothrock Dec 2013

Looking Back At Brezhnev, Peter Rutland, Victoria Smolkin-Rothrock

Peter Rutland

This is the introduction to a special issue of Russian history evaluating the record of the Brezhnev era 25 years after the collapse of the Soviet Union. While in the West Brezhnev's Soviet Union is seen as a collosal failure, many Russians look back on the period with nostalgia. And the society was much more dynamic than the label "stagnation" implies. The seeds of Russia's explosive changes in the 1990s were planted during the Brezhnev era.