Kurilla

PONARS Eurasia 13 Jan 2021
(Meduza) Allegations that Twitter violated the First Amendment are misguided because the U.S. Constitution only bars state censorship, according to historian Ivan Kurilla. American culture, however, has long endured other means of restricting free speech, like the recent phenomena of “cancel culture” and “extreme political correctness.” Expression today has become tricky...
Ivan Kurilla 04 Nov 2020
(PRI) A political science professor in St. Petersburg, Russia, tells The World what his students are discussing in class this week. Most American students are required to take a civics class, where they learn about democratic values, civil rights, checks and balances and other concepts at the heart of American civic life. During one of the most important elections in US history,...
PONARS Eurasia 02 Nov 2020
(RFE/RL) MOSCOW -- When Donald Trump was elected U.S. president in 2016, Russian lawmaker Vladimir Zhirinovsky hosted a champagne party in the country's parliament to celebrate the real estate magnate's surprise victory. "To a new domestic and foreign policy in the U.S.!" Zhirinovsky, a nationalist firebrand and longtime ally of President Vladimir Putin, said as he clinked glasses with...
PONARS Eurasia 24 Sep 2020
(U.S. News & World Report) This year should have ushered in Russia’s return to greatness and Putin’s assumption of ‘great statesman’ status. Instead it has been marked by trouble for the man who would be czar. This was supposed to be Vladmir Putin's year. At the beginning of 2020, the Russian president appeared to have it all figured out. In January, the 67-year-old announced...
PONARS Eurasia 08 Jun 2020
(Russia Beyond) U.S. Colonel Boris Pash (1900 – 1995) was a typical 20th-century American ‘badass’ – he hated the communists’ guts, took German cities almost single handedly in WWII and captured the Nazis’ nuclear energy resources. And he was Russian. [...] In this documentary, you can see the person who led the Alsos Mission – a bit short, but burly man in glasses, Col. Boris Pash. “There...
PONARS Eurasia 05 Jun 2020
(The New York Times) MOSCOW—Smarting over decades of American criticism of its human rights record, Russia is now getting some payback. The Kremlin-backed leader of Chechnya, sanctioned by the United States as a violent brute responsible for torture and extrajudicial killings, said this week that he was “horrified” by the brutality of the American police. Russia’s foreign...
Ivan Kurilla 14 Feb 2020
(Riddle) Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, Russia has been traversing its own, often difficult, path towards independent development. Over the past thirty years, Russian society and the country’s elites have performed many tests, making many mistakes along the way. From today’s vantage point, the results of this process of evolution do not seem final, nor satisfactory. The trajectory...