Websites Relevant to Russian and Soviet History
Alexander Palace Time Machine
This site has documents relating to the Romanov family, including diaries, letters, reports, memos.
The Chairman Smiles
This site has posters from the Soviet Union, Cuba, and the People’s Republic of China from the collection of the International Institute of Social History in Amsterdam.
Communal Living in Russia: A Virtual Museum of Soviet Everyday Life
This site is devoted to apartment living in the late Soviet period.
Gulag: Many Days, Many Lives
This site is devoted to the history of the Gulag.
Kennan Institute-National Public Radio Russian History Audio Archive
This is an on-line audio archive of speeches and voices of key political figures from the Soviet Union such as Lenin and Stalin.
Lenin Mausoleum: History in Photos
This site is devoted to the history of Lenin’s final resting place. Includes text, audio, photographs, and links to other sites devoted to Lenin and Stalin.
Revelations from the Russian Archives: Documents in English Translation
This site has a collection of documents and photographs from the archives of the Soviet Union from an exhibit at the Library of Congress.
Seventeen Moments in Soviet History
This site is devoted to the history of the Soviet Union through an innovative use of texts, music, documents, and video.
This website is devoted to music written under communism. It is a collection of songs about war, the military, patriotism, and leaders and also contains speeches and posters.
Soviet Poster Collection, Hoover Institution, Stanford University
The Hoover Institution owns over three thousand posters produced in the Soviet Union.
Soviet Poster Collection, Swarthmore College Peace Collection
This site has posters devoted to maternity care, industrialization, collectivization, and antireligious campaigns from the 1920s and early 1930s.
Stalinka: Digital Library of Staliniana
This is a digital library of texts and images about the Stalin phenomenon.
The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin’s RussiaBased on letters, diaries, memoirs, and photographs collected by the historian Orlando Figes, this site explores private life in the Stalin period.
Websites for Current Events
Eurasia Daily Monitor, the Jamestown Foundation
LR Rates the Russia Blogs, La Russophobe: Recording the Rise (and Hopefully Fall) of the Neo-Soviet Union
A review of and links to the top ten blogs on Russia.
The Other Russia
The website of the leading opposition group.
President of Russia website, including news
If you want to watch Kremlin-sponsored TV in English, check out this site.
Note: It used to be called “Russia Today,” and is now just the neutral “RT.”
Russia Votes, Center for the Study of Public Policy, University of Strathclyde
This site contains Russian public opinion polls and election results (from a reliable source).
Russian Analytical Digest , ETH Zurich, Department of Humanities, Social and Political Sciences
Each issue focuses on a different topic.
This is Russia Comrade, Anything Can Happen. Sit Back and Enjoy Bears & Vodka
A blog about Russian pop culture and daily life.