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A Dead End for Russia’s War Economy
Kremlin Tries to Minimize Sanctions Damage and Maintain Control Over Alrosa
Why Does Putin Need Rublev’s The Trinity?
Religion scholar Alexander Blekher discusses the transfer of The Trinity by Andrei Rublev, one of the most famous Russian icons, to the Russian Orthodox Church, comparing the Christian veneration of icons with divine objects in pagan cults.
‘Almost All Famous Artists Have Left or Will Leave, and Those Who Remain Will Be Blacklisted and Banned’
Artemy Troitsky discusses the pop music scene since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and compares it to Soviet ideological constraints and repressions. In his view, today’s situation is more toxic than it was back in the 1980s.
Can Peace Be Expected? Sure, But No One Will Like It
Oleg Kashin responds to the groundswell of initiatives to end or temporarily stop the Russia-Ukraine conflict. He points out that direct contact between Zelensky and Putin is impossible and considers what else might be done.
It’s Not Only Soldiers Making Money off the War
Tatyana Rybakova writes that there are more and more beneficiaries and thus supporters of the war, because each of them – even if they do not support the war itself, even if they are against Putin – will lose money, a career or status when it ends.
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