This is a blog for use in both of my HIS 241 and HIS 242 Russian history survey courses at Northern Virginia Community College.

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21 May 2015

Khodarkovsky Op Ed

Michael Khodarkovsky, Putin’s Disunited Nation 19 May 2015, The New York Times

Putin and the World War II Victory Celebrations.

Masha Gessen, Putin’s Victory Day, Not My Grandmother’s, has some interesting reflections on the evolution of Russia's World War II holiday.  Plus, this is a great line: Putin, a this year's event, "was surrounded instead by friends from North Korea, Venezuela, China, Zimbabwe, and a handful of other countries."