New Books Network Interview with Jeffrey Mankoff

Another of my New Books Network interviews has gone live. In this episode, I spoke with Jeffrey Mankoff, an adjunct fellow with the Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC, and a visiting scholar at Columbia University in New York. Mankoff recently released a second edition of his book Russian …

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It Ain’t Lonely at the Top: Navalny’s Tenuous Coalition

It’s been several months since I first addressed the nationalist views of Aleksei Navalny, whose political prominence continues to grow by leaps and bounds. As it has throughout his public life, Navalny’s nationalism still unnerves many in the liberal democratic camp, who worry that a potentially dangerous intolerance compromises his prospects as a politician.

The Nationalists Are Coming

Over the weekend, Bolotnaia Square hosted the latest gathering of ‘Khvatit kormit’ Kavkaz!’ (Enough feeding the Caucasus!), a Russian nationalist movement that first emerged last April. Saturday’s rally was attended by none other than Aleksei Navalny, who also took the stage and delivered a short speech. Navalny was visibly disappointed with the attendance, which was …

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Just A Man & His Will to Survive: Medvedev the Fighter?

On September 8th, Russia’s two most prominent Dimas (President Medvedev and Representative to NATO Rogozin) both delivered speeches in Yaroslavl at the Global Policy Forum. The theme of the conference was “The Modern State in the Age of Social Diversity.” Rogozin elected to take part in a talk dedicated to “Global Security and Local Conflicts.” When …

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The Night They Dined in Hell: Russia After Sagra

Last September, the rock group Leningrad released a controversial song about the much debated Khimki Forest. The music video featured a violent medley of famous cartoon characters fighting a grand battle royale. The recent skirmish in the town of Sagra was far more serious and deadly than Leningrad’s comic parody, but it too has inspired …

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Navalny’s Nationalism

“I don’t know why foreigners love to always photograph me in vests. A possible explanation is that, in every foreign article about me, it’s necessary to cautiously mention that my ‘general views are somewhat nationalist.’ To Europeans and Americans, the vest is a symbol of the four-eyed nerd. Maybe a “nerd-nationalist” is somehow less scary.” …

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Liberal Nationalism

Though everything under the sun in Russian politics is hours away from revolving solely and entirely around the (likely guilty) verdict handed down to Mikhail Khodorkovsky on the morning of December 27th, I’d like to take a moment to draw a bit of attention to the debate among liberal democrats about the question of Russian …

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The Manezh Riots Roundup

Lots of ink, not to mention no small amount of blood, has already been spilled over the racial unrest that’s visited Moscow and some other cities in Russia over the last couple of weeks. I’ve read a collection of editorials, op-eds, and reports, in order to build a rough summary of the commentary in the …

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