by Aaron J. Leonard
Researchers who access Stalin's books will find the dictator's library a source of insight into his political thinking and engagement with ideas (and his pithy marginalia), but not a Rosetta Stone for understanding his capacity for atrocity.
by Julia Ioffe
Liberal Russians reflect on Stalin's death 69 years later and observe parallels with Putin's approach to internal dissent.
SOURCE: Made By History at the Washington Post
by Gregory Mitrovich
Stalin's support for the North Korean invasion of the south galvanized Western opposition and ensured that the Cold War would be militarized, instead of remaining a diplomatic and economic conflict. In the long run, the Soviets lost.
SOURCE: Woodrow Wilson Center and National History Center
Ronald Grigor Suny of the University of Michigan joins the Washington History Seminar on Monday, April 12 to discuss "Stalin: Passage to Revolution" at
SOURCE: The New Yorker
by Masha Gessen
It is believed that “Stalin’s Epigram” led to Mandelstam’s arrest, in 1934. The poet died in the Gulag in 1938. Every line is recognizable six decades later.
SOURCE: The New York Times
Yuri Dmitriev's family believes he has been jailed on false pedophelia charges because his findings challenge a sanitized version of history favored by Russian nationalists.
Churchill, Stalin and the Legacy of the Grand Alliance: An Interview with Professor Geoffrey Roberts
by Aaron J. Leonard
Geoffrey Roberts assesses the history and legacy of the wartime alliance and political relationship between Winston Churchill and Josef Stalin.
SOURCE: The Atlantic
Vera Golubeva spent more than six years in one of Joseph Stalin’s gulag camps. Her crime? “To this day, I still don’t know,” she says.
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