Tag: Russia

Doing the Russian Revolution Justice

The centenary of the 1917 revolution can be seen as a diversion from the trauma still fresh and experienced by every living Russian except the youngest. The Russian revolution of 1917 indelibly marked the course of the 20th century. Its centenary comes into a world once again seized with turmoil, and its import is far from…

Gay Rights in Russia 

  Homosexuality is not a criminal offence in Russia — since 1993. In 1999 it ceased to be regarded as a mental illness. Indeed, Russian history has many famous homosexuals — the poet Alexei Apukhtin; Sergei Diaghilev, the founder of the Ballets Russes; and of course the composer Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The younger brother of…

Putin’s Dissertation and the Revenge of RuNet

While increasing regulation and manipulation are restricting Russia’s online space, activists are still finding innovative ways to use it to uncover corruption, such as a site uncovering plagiarism among Russian politicians.The spectre of academic plagiarism by high-ranking officials is affecting much of Europe. Germany especially has been in the news: on 9 February 2013, the…

Five Theses on the Aftermath of the Ukrainian Revolution

The de­fense of any order once it is es­tab­lished is a su­premely ni­hil­istic ges­ture that af­firms nothing but the power of those who have power1 The escalation of the Crimean crisis has all but obscured the events in the Ukraine during November 2013 – February 2014 that led to it and which alone make it…

The Five Extraordinary Features of the Sochi Winter Olympics

There is real potential for unexpected events and even bloodshed at the Sochi Winter Olympics.Introduction On 7 February 2014, the Sochi Winter Olympics will commence. It is estimated that these games will cost at least US$51 billion — the most expensive in history — costing Russia more than the $40 billion that China spent on…

Black and Red Baiting: A Reply to Eric Heinze, ‘Angela Davis’s Racism’

It is to be hoped that most readers of Critical Legal Thinking who enjoy a passing acquaintance with twentieth-century history or the writing and activism of Angela Davis, will recognise Eric Heinze’s article ‘Angela Davis’s Racism‘ for what it is: a pompous and purblind character-assassination, whose ignorance of history and political bad faith make old…

Angela Davis’s Racism: A Glance at Morality and History

What might we have thought about high-profile personalities flying into Alabama or Mississippi in the 1950s—white figures meeting with white governors, white mayors, white police chiefs, to openly cheer those states’ ‘equitable solutions’ to social problems?  Such visits certainly took place. Surely we would have to call those visitors overtly racist, or else wilfully ignorant,…

The Russian Revolution, as covered by Sky

In the wake of the first Russian Revolution in March 1917, let’s survey some of the media coverage. Sky News -There are fears in London tonight over just who will come to power in the wake of this week’s events in Petrograd. Just days after US President Wilson insisted that the Tsarist regime was ‘stable’,…