Return of the Names 2014

For eight years now, Russia’s oldest and arguably most noble human rights group, Memorial, has been organizing an annual commemoration event for victims of the Great Terror. The ceremony, called Return of the Names, takes place every year on October 29.

Russian Sketch 2

Bus number 7 was taking its time. I stood on a bus stop on Shkiperskii Protok, watching the sky for signs of rain, on my way to the Hermitage for a BBC World Service recording. An elderly lady in a purple beret stood nearby, counting change in her hand.

The Expired Time

The shelf life of rumors is longer than their expiration date. The date passes, but no one sighs with relief. Predicted events do not take place, but in expired time, where there is no past, things cannot become the past: they do not depart and die. They get stored inside the mind as if they did happen, as facts. The number of times attacks and takeovers were heralded is the number of times they occurred. — an essay by Andrei Krasniashchikh

Post-Submission Thoughts

Here are five thoughts about the things I wish I knew three or four years ago, when I started this blog and was just beginning to research my topic:

What a New Doctoral Candidate (in Britain) Might Want to Know

Message from Kharkiv’s Russian Writers

We, the Russian writers of Kharkiv, want our voices to be heard: we speak Russian freely, at work and outside of work, with Ukrainian colleagues as well. In any case, existing national or linguistic issues should not be used as a reason for military intervention.

Kharkiv Writers about the Maidan

This autumn I deliberately avoided adding any posts about the Maidan to this blog. There is a lot of information out there already, overwhelming in both amount and scope. But the existing online sources, I noticed after a while, tend to be Kiev-oriented, for obvious reasons. So I asked the writers of Kharkiv if there’s anything…