Arts & Culture
Thursday 24 October 2019
30 August 2019
'Enough Spirit' To Believe In Change: How The Moscow Protests Inspired One Kyrgyz Artist
Though over 3,700 kilometers away, TV scenes of Moscow protesters struggling with riot police during a Saturday, July 27 rally for the registration of opposition and independent candidates in upcoming city council elections resonated with 35-year-old Kyrgyz illustrator Tatyana Zelenskaya.
11 May 2019
Reining In Russia's Rappers
Russia's police and self-described "patriotic" groups have unleashed a campaign to shut down performances by rappers and experimental musicians, who, they claim, are bent on corrupting the country's youth. But despite the concert-crackdowns, many young Russians show no sign of staying away.
21 April 2019
Inside The Soviet KGB's Secret War On Western Books
A newly declassified 1979 memo gives intriguing details about the Ukrainian KGB's efforts to thwart a "plot by Western security agencies" to undermine the Soviet Union by importing subversive literature into the country under the framework of the 1975 Helsinki Accords.
10 April 2019
Theatergoers Greet Russian Director After Release From House Arrest
Russian theater and film director Kirill Serebrennikov, who spent nearly 20 months under house arrest, showed up at a theater performance of a play he directed on April 9 in Moscow after he was released the previous day.
27 October 2018
Travels With Ivan: How The Soviet Secret Police Monitored U.S. Writer John Steinbeck
Newly declassified documents from the KGB archive in Ukraine shed light on how one leg of a 1947 journey to the Soviet Union by U.S. writer John Steinbeck and noted war photojournalist Robert Capa went down.