A Very Pravda New Year

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By Zinaida Osipova In the holiday month of December, while many Americans celebrate Christmas, Russians decorate their trees for New Year’s Eve. The reason for the difference goes back to the Soviet ideology that strongly antagonized religion and thus disfavored … Continue reading

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Empress Alexandra in Love and War

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By Zinaida Osipova As an international student, it is difficult to imagine a world without videocalls and instant messages connecting me with my family in real time. How did people travel far from home before such a connection was possible? … Continue reading

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Intimations about Limited Perspective in “Another Life”

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By Elijah Donohue Much of the narrative of Yuri Trifonov’s Another Life (1975) is conveyed from the perspective of Olga Vasilievna. Trifonov adopts a quasi-direct approach to narration, as descriptions of events and people throughout the novella are imbued with … Continue reading

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Images of the Old Empire

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By Zinaida Osipova The dissolution of the Soviet Union led to the opening of classified archives, which provided a remarkable opportunity for historians who could now use a wealth of previously inaccessible resources. The unprecedented access led to new approaches … Continue reading

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Exploring the Immigrant Mentality in Post-Soviet Cinema

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By Zinaida Osipova Concluding the Havighurst Center’s lecture series on “Russia Abroad,” Miami University welcomed Oleg Sulkin on November 12, a well-known film critic, who discussed immigrant mentality in Post-Soviet cinema. Sulkin focused on the works of Otar Iosseliani, Andrey … Continue reading

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Building the New Soviet Person at Moscow State University

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By Zinaida Osipova In conversations with my cousin and his friends who graduated from the prestigious Moscow State University (Moskovskii gosudarstvennyi universitet, or MGU), it was fascinating to learn about the life of the brightest minds of Russia: just like … Continue reading

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