Readings and Videos

Additional Readings

Current Events And Their Historical Roots

Barry, Ellen. “Russia’s History Should Guide Its Future, Putin Says,” New York Times, December 12, 2012.

Bratersky, Alexander. “Report on Putin’s ‘Politburo 2.0’ Sets Tongues Wagging,” Moscow Times, August 21, 2012.

Citizen M. “Shuvalov’s Gazprom Dealings Under Scrutiny,” March 28, 2012,

Cooke, Thea. “Has Vladimir Putin Always Been Corrupt? And Does It Matter?” April 16, 2012, Kennan Institute, Wilson Center.

Gokhberg, Leonid, and Vitaly Roud. “The Russian Federation: A New Innovation Policy for Sustainable Growth.” (PDF) Chapter 6 in The Global Innovation Index 2012.

Russian_Village. “Besieged Russian Minister to be Questioned,” December 27, 2012, Russian News From Russia…

Shuvalov, Yuri. “Ruling Party Says NGOs Politicized, Need Regulation,” March 2, 2012, Sputnik International.

Smith, Dr. Mark A. The Politicisation of History in the Russian Federation. The Advanced Research and Assessment Group, 2008. ISBN: 9781905962488.

Whitmore, Brian. “Why the Kremlin is Losing,” August 14, 2012, Radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty.

Material on Chechnya and Central Asia

De Waal, Thomas. “The Lightness of History in the Caucasus,” November 4, 2010, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Doukaev, Aslan. “Putin’s Long-Ended War Enters its 10th Year,” October 31, 2008, Radio Free Europe, Radio Liberty.

Gangster President,” Washington Post, March 3, 2007.

Lally, Kathy. “In Chechnya, Apprehensions Over a Roughshod Leader,” Washington Post, March 22, 2011.

Tisdall, Simon. “Kyrgyzstan: A Russian Revolution?The Guardian, April 8, 2010.

Russian Science

Gerovitch, Slava. “Why Are We Telling Lies? The Creation of Soviet Space Myths.” Russian Review 70, no. 3 (2011): 460–84.

Shuster, Simon. “Putin’s Ph.D.: Can a Plagiarism Probe Upend Russian Politics?Time, February 28, 2013.

Loren Graham - Industrialization and Modernization

Buy at MIT Press Graham, Loren. “Introduction,” “The Early Arms Industry: Early Achievement, Later Slump,” “Railroads: Promise and Distortion,” and “Computers: Victory and Failure.” In Lonely Ideas: Can Russia Compete? MIT Press, 2013. ISBN: 9780262019798.

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