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Helen Rappaport: Caught up in the History of the Russian Revolution

Helen Rappaport

by Helen Rappaport It began many years ago – around twenty, if I recall correctly, when I visited a dusty and cluttered second-hand book shop in Burford in the Cotswolds. ‘Have you got any old books about Russia?’, I asked,

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After Yeltsin: A Historic Change in Russian Attitudes toward Americans

By Lisa Dickey The first time I traveled across Russia, in the fall of 1995, most people I met seemed to love Americans. The Soviet Union had collapsed four years earlier, leading to an abrupt thaw in the Cold War.

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Felix Yusupov and the Murder of Rasputin

Felix Yusupov

by Douglas Smith The Yusupov household was staunchly anti-Rasputin. Felix Yusupov’s father could not bear even to hear the name spoken in his presence, and his mother let the empress know of her hatred for the man, which poisoned their

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Guy Burgess: The Life of a Cold War Double Agent

Guy Burgess

by Andrew Lownie When Harold Macmillan, now the Prime Minister, visited the Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev in February 1959, Guy Burgess told Harold Nicolson that he was ‘able to give advice at a suitable level’ and remembered how he had

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Jews Under Russian Rule

Jews Under Russian Rule

by Vanora Bennett Jews Under Russian Rule One of the things that struck me most about Russia in the 1990s, when I was working in Moscow, was how quickly people’s fear of the unknown turned into violent suspicions of other

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