Political Prisoners of Siberia, part 2: The Gulag Legacy

Oct 8, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in April 2012. I am happy to report that Mikhail Khodorkovsky has since been released.] As explored in the previous post, Siberia was widely used as place of exile and imprisonment by the Tsarist...

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Political Prisoners of Siberia, part 1: Tsarist Russia

Oct 7, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in April 2012, as part of the GeoCurrents series on Siberia.] Any discussion of Siberia is incomplete without an examination of its role in the history of Russia as a penal colony. Russian Tsars...

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Depopulation of Magadan

Oct 7, 2014 by

[A reader commented in response to the previous post that the high concentration of ethnic Ukrainians in certain areas of Russian Federation may be due not to deportations of the 1920s, 1930s, and 1940s, but to later migrations to...

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Where do Ukrainians live in Russia?—And who are the “benderovcy”?...

Oct 6, 2014 by

In the last 10 months there has been much discussion in the media and blogosphere of ethnic Russians living in Ukraine. Such discussions generally focus on which parts of Ukraine ethnic Russians live in, whether “ethnic Russians”...

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Brawl Breaks Out in Ukrainian Parliament Over Language Law

Oct 5, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in May 2012] On May 24, 2012, debates in Ukraine’s Parliament, the Rada, turned physical after members of opposition parties blocked access to the podium for the ruling Regions party lawmakers...

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Belarusian Language

Sep 8, 2014 by

[This post was originally published in March 2014.] The recent post on the status of the Ukrainian and the Russian languages in Ukraine has generated a discussion of the status of the third—yet often disregarded—East Slavic...

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