Smoke rises on April 15, 2022, above 400 new graves in the town of Severodonetsk, Ukraine.
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The West’s new approach to Russia – bar it from international organizations, restrict international trade, prevent further military moves – looks just like how it treated Russia in the 20th century.
Memorial tanks at the Ukrainian Motherland Monument in Kyiv.
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Who are the Ukrainians and when were they part of the same empire as Russia? A scholar answers basic questions on war in Ukraine.
Since 2020, Belarus and Russia have accelerated moves towards integration.
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By allowing Russian military presence in Belarus, president Aliaksandr Lukashenka has forfeited his country’s sovereignty.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz sit far apart during talks in the Kremlin in Moscow a week before Russia invaded Ukraine.
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Just because deep-rooted Russian fears might not seem reasonable doesn’t mean they aren’t real in Vladimir Putin’s mind.
Temple of Edfu temple, Egypt.
History isn’t just learning facts. Students learn about the past by researching information and synthesising it to form an evidence-based argument. This skill is useful for a range of careers.
Peter Carroll and Mandela Mathia in The Cherry Orchard, Belvoir St Theatre.
When the future is clearly changing but we can’t focus on tomorrow, should we just keep dancing? Pamela Rabe anchors the absurdity of The Cherry Orchard.
In control: Vladimir Putin could remain as Russian leader until 2036.
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The way foreign correspondents cover Russia tells the story of its relations with the rest of the world.
Hong Kong protesters shelter behind a thin barrier – and umbrellas – as police fire tear gas and encircle a group of demonstrators.
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Revolutions are built not on deep misery but on rising expectations. History may not provide much hope of immediate change in Hong Kong – but protesters may have a longer view.
Tarana Burke created #MeToo in 2006 but it didn’t emerge as a mass social movement until 2017.
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From the French Revolution to #MeToo, social movements often burst into the mainstream with what seems like little warning. Cass Sunstein explains why.
Red flag hoisted in Glasgow’s main square.
This was no high watermark of British communism; just a key milestone in the struggle for better working conditions.
A plaque on a house in St Petersburg that says: ‘Here the writer Lydia Korneievna Chukovskaya wrote Sophia Petrovna, a story about the Great Terror 1936-1938’.
Persecuted by Stalin, writers Lydia Chukovskaya and Anna Akhmatova endured threats, cold and starvation. And in an epic feat, Lydia memorised the poems of her friend that were too dangerous to commit to paper.
To try and understand the Russian revolution outside of the broader social context of the time is to neglect the development of nationhood in the region.
The Russian Revolution – an event that affected more than Russia and was more than a revolution.
Across the world, allegations of sexual assault have hinged on women’s credibility.
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A century ago, Russian leaders staged mock trials on rape and abortion to educate citizens about new Soviet laws and values. Then, as now, victim-blaming and ‘he said, she said’ marred the verdict.
On the streets of Petrograd on July 4, 1917, when troops of the provisional government opened fire on demonstrators.
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The physical and political space of cities can be shaped from above or below, but few have had more revolutionary changes, first under the tsars, then the communists, than St Petersburg.
Vladimir Lenin and Nadezhda Krupskaya.
Russian revolutionary Nadezhda Krupskaya, like other leading women in the new Stalin-led state, was marginalised. But in her case, because she was Lenin’s widow.
Communist Party of Turkey founder Mustafa Suphi (right) met a mysterious fate when he tried to take on the Ankara government.
When push came to shove, Turkey’s young Communist Party didn’t get the unwavering support from Moscow it might have expected.
Two revolutions, 400 years apart, set in chain processes that claimed millions of lives.
Jason Isaacs as Georgy Zhukov in The Death of Stalin.
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Armando Iannucci plays fast and loose with history in his farce The Death of Stalin. But its depiction of the cult of personality that can develop around political leaders is bitingly relevant.
Female protesters in Petrograd (now St Petersburg) in 1917 on International Women’s Day.
How a journalist from Nebraska chased the ‘Soviet dream’ all the way to Russia, only to be expelled on accusations of espionage.
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Several key figures travelled to Soviet Russia in its early days to witness the socialist state in action.