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October 2016

What Drives Moscow’s Military Adventurism?
by Pavel K. Baev
“Moscow may not be very good at learning lessons from setbacks, and certainly tends to exaggerate its successes, but it has few doubts about the feasibility of ‘military solutions’ and
 even fewer reservations about reaching for them.”

The Battle for Historical Memory in Postrevolutionary Ukraine
by Oxana Shevel
“The fundamental dilemma in Ukraine’s decommunization process is how to undo the legal, institutional, and historical legacy of the Soviet era without repeating the Soviet approach of mandating one ‘correct’ interpretation of the past…”

Working-Class Resilience in Russia
by Jeremy Morris
“Workers form the exemplary class of economic, social, and psychological ‘losers’ of the postcommunist transition.” Second in a series on labor relations around the world.

The Soviet Legacy and Women’s Rights in Central Asia
by Marianne Kamp
"While Soviet efforts to promote gender equality are not openly celebrated, the idea planted in the region during that now-disdained era—that men and women should be equal under the law—is still holding fast.”

Perspective: Turkey’s Tenuous Pivot Toward Russia
by Amanda Paul
Ankara is cozying up to Moscow in a momentary fit of pique with the West, but economic and security realities make it likely that Turkey will stay in NATO’s camp.

Books: Who’s to Blame for Putinism?
by Alexander Etkind
Three recent books about Russia and its authoritarian leader offer different theories on how a clique of former spies seized control. The worst answer is to blame the victim.

Books: Anguished Echoes of Empire
by Joshua Lustig
In her latest and most ambitious work, the oral historian Svetlana Alexievich assembles a chorus of ambivalent memories of an empire’s collapse and the wrenching quarter-century since.

The Month in Review: August 2016
by the editors of Current History
An international chronology of events in August 2016, country by country, day by day.

Map of Russia and Eurasia
by the editors of Current History

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