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Everything New is Old Again

As of March 2014, the Russian government has banned access to a number of news websites and blogs that express oppositional views. This is the latest in a series of moves designed to place all media under state control so that communication can be filtered according to the state’s agenda. The existence of a free

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April 16, 2014

Tell a friend you are reading a novel and she will inevitably ask you what it is about. Try to describe the plot. Maybe a daughter of an oil tycoon is kidnapped, then he goes bankrupt due to an oil spill in the Gulf, so he murders an old lady with a hatchet to make

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November 14, 2013

In 1918, shortly after the Russian Revolution, my great-grandfather, Anatoly, moved his family to St. Petersburg to support the Bolsheviks. Six months later the Bolsheviks arrested him. Anatoly’s wife, Evgenia, figured his arrest was a mistake of incompetent officials. She marched to the offices of the secret police to demand the return of her husband.

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August 22, 2013

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