Something strange is happening in Russia: reclaiming the Soviet era

Hopefully, socialism is making a comeback in Russia. It’s good to hear stories like this!


Many strange things happen in Russia, but this is one of the more intriguing. Not so long ago, I was told while in Russia that one could not speak of Marxism directly in many circles. Marxism is a dirty word, I was told; indeed, there are no Marxists of any influence. The only way to undertake research on Marxism and find a job in a university was to focus on the various forms of the opposition to Lenin and Stalin.

Something has changed. It began with an invitation from Algoritm Press to write a book on Stalin that would be translated into Russian. Debate is heating up over Stalin’s legacy, with an increasing number of people calling for a reassessment. They also want foreign engagements with this debate. It has also generated works like Oleg Khlevniuk’s new biography of Stalin, which is an alarmed response to these developments.

But it…

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3 Responses to Something strange is happening in Russia: reclaiming the Soviet era

  1. beetleypete says:

    I saw this on SM, and thought you might re-blog.
    Regards, Pete.

  2. Prole Center says:

    Yeah, I had to re-blog that one. Sorry you’re getting duplicate emails when I do re-blogs like this, but I do occasionally get new subscribers and I want to make sure they are aware of Roland’s SM and Gowans’ “What’s Left.”

  3. beetleypete says:

    Not a problem at all. I am happy to get the posts from you, Bill Blum, or Roland. And just in case I miss one, I have two chances!
    Best wishes, Pete.

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