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Analysis and Commentary

The First Totalitarian

by Josef Joffementioning Robert Servicevia The New York Times
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Can first-rate history read like a thriller? With “Lenin: The Man, the Dictator, and the Master of Terror,” the journalist Victor Sebestyen has pulled off this rarest of feats — down to the last of its 569 pages. How did he do it? Start with a Russian version of “House of Cards” and behold Vladimir Ilyich Lenin pre-empt Frank Underwood’s cynicism and murderous ambition by 100 years. 

Photographic portrait of the “Great and Generous Leader,” Joseph Stalin.
In the News

A Portrait Of Stalin In All His Murderous Contradictions

featuring Stephen Kotkinvia The New York Times
Thursday, October 19, 2017

Dictators lend themselves to caricature. We label them sociopaths, paranoiacs or just victims of bad childhoods. We flatten them in order to explain our own times. Saddam Hussein is Hitler; Vladimir Putin is Peter the Great; Donald Trump is Mussolini. Sometimes, we are told, they simply defy explanation. In a 1939 radio address, Winston Churchill conceded defeat in his efforts to understand Stalin’s Soviet Union. “It is,” Churchill said, “a riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma.”

Analysis and Commentary

Condoleezza Rice On The 10 Days Still Shaking The World

by Condoleezza Ricevia The New York Times
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

“This is where it happened,” my Russian guide declared. It was 1979 and I was a graduate student in Moscow for the summer. A side trip to Leningrad was a must for me, a first time traveler to the country. “Czar Alexander II was riding down this road when the assassins struck,” she said. Almost under her breath, she added, “He was a reformer.” Any hope for the liberalization of Russia seemed to die with the czar who had freed the serfs and attempted to modernize the country.

Stephen Kotkin reviews ‘The Future Is History’ by Masha Gessen.
Analysis and Commentary

Review: Lamenting The Motherland

by Stephen Kotkinvia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Examining the psyche of modern Russia, through the eyes of those born at the end of the Soviet era and who grew up at a time of hope. Stephen Kotkin reviews ‘The Future Is History’ by Masha Gessen.

US Department of Justice
Analysis and Commentary

Obama's DOJ Slow-Walked Probe Despite National Security Concerns

by Paul R. Gregoryvia The Hill
Tuesday, October 17, 2017

In their recent article in The Hill, John Solomon and Alison Spann reported on the Obama Justice Department’s slow-walk investigation of Moscow’s bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering “designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States.”

Analysis and Commentary

How Russia Is Playing Catalonia To Get A Reprieve On Crimea

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Monday, October 16, 2017

Among Russia’s biggest headaches is the widespread condemnation of its annexation of Crimea in March of 2014. Vladimir Putin still smarts from the November 2016 International Criminal Court (ICC) finding that “there exists a sensible or reasonable justification for a belief that a crime [my italics] falling within the jurisdiction of the Court ‘has been or is being committed’” within the Crimean and Donbas territories of Ukraine. Upon issuance of this finding, an irate Russia withdrew from the ICC. Sanctions continue to threaten persons and companies associated with the Crimean takeover.

In the News

How History Readied Putin To Disrupt The US Election

quoting Stephen Kotkinvia Axios
Monday, October 16, 2017

U.S. investigators are probing whether Russia relied on clandestine American help to identify political soft spots and pressure points in its campaign to disrupt the 2016 election. But experts say that, even without local assistance, Russia's own history of exploiting animosities and jealousies across its empire gave it unusual know-how to stir up existing American tensions.

Interviews

Paul Gregory On The John Batchelor Show

interview with Paul R. Gregoryvia The John Batchelor Show
Monday, October 9, 2017

Hoover Institution fellow Paul Gregory discusses Christopher Columbus as well as his Defining Ideas column "Speaking Bolshevik."

In the News

Why Is The FBI Stonewalling Congressional Subpoenas On The Fusion GPS 'Trump Dossier'?

quoting Paul R. Gregoryvia American Thinker
Saturday, October 7, 2017

Could the story behind the "Trump dossier" be the Rosetta Stone of Russian manipulation of our electoral process in 2016? There is a strong and justifiable suspicion that the dossier was the critical bit of evidence that persuaded the FISA Court to reverse itself and permit monitoring of American associates of Donald Trump.

Analysis and Commentary

A Bigger Russian Threat: Disrupting U.S. Innovation

by Henry I. Millervia American Greatness
Thursday, October 5, 2017

Russia, like the Soviet Union before it, is experienced at employing surrogates and agents of various stripes and talents to further its agendas. The most recent example was a “trending topic” story on Facebook about the Las Vegas shooting published by Sputnik, a news agency controlled by the Russian government; the item claimed, inaccurately, that the FBI had found a connection between the shooter and Daesh, also known as ISIS.

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