Hitler invaded the Soviet Union at 0400 hours on June 22, 1941. By June 23, the Wehrmacht had destroyed the entire Soviet air force. By June 26, the Soviet commander of the Western front had lost radio contact with Moscow. By June 28, German troops had entered Minsk, the capital of Soviet Belarus. And on the …
It’s a dangerous business, oral history, at least when you try it in Russia. Without oral history a complete history of the Soviet Union is almost impossible to write. Archival documents are dry, containing only the official point of view; memoirs, often written years later, are unreliable and frequently slide over important details.
Es war ein sonniger Tag im Juni und George W. Bush hielt an der Universität von Warschau eine Rede. Drinnen lauschten die Politiker interessiert und wisperten zustimmend miteinander. Draußen hatte sich eine jubelnde Menschenmenge versammelt, die Plakate mit Sympathiebekundungen für Amerika hochhielt.
Last week, I found myself in Dom Knigi, the very largest of all the very large Moscow bookstores, staring at the history section.
A Small Corner of Hell: Dispatches from Chechnya, by Anna Politkovskaya, University of Chicago Press, 224pp. Some years ago, I went to visit the offices of a small Moscow newspaper, Novaya Gazeta. Novaya Gazeta has always led a precarious existence — it is one of the few publications that has consistently opposed the Kremlin — …
Dissidents against the authoritarian regime, many of them in London, are raising the stakes. The President’s response is to get even tougher — and to target Britain in his new propaganda war.
If I were a leading venture capitalist, the CEO of a large company, or in any case a person in search of ways to win friends and influence people, then I would be in a much better position to judge the utility of How Life Imitates Chess, Garry Kasparov’s bid to convince business executives that …
‘War in Iraq, war in Iran?” That’s a headline I saw in Britain earlier this week.
Nicolas Werth erzählt in “Die Insel der Kannibalen” eine besonders grausame Episode der sowjetischen Geschichte. 6000 Gefangene wurden 1933 in Westsibirien auf einer kargen Insel ausgesetzt. Ohne Nahrung, ohne Saatgut, ohne Werkzeuge.
Der Mord an der Journalistin Anna Politkowskaja hat ihre düsteren Vorahnungen bestätigt. Ihr Thema war, was sie den „schmutzigen Krieg“ Russlands in Tschetschenien nannte.