‘I’m a Russian Occupant’: Viral video justifies imperial aggression

A recently released YouTube video entitled ‘I’m a Russian Occupant’ is a deeply telling panegyric to 19th century-style white man’s burden imperialism, which goes a long way towards explaining what is wrong with the mentality of many Russians today. It’s a rare occurrence to see proponents of a worldview unironically putting out such a boldContinue reading “‘I’m a Russian Occupant’: Viral video justifies imperial aggression”

Victims of the Soviet Penal System in the Pre-war Years: A First Approach on the Basis of Archival Evidence

Graphs in the original are shown here as embedded images that are compressed to fit the site’s format. Please click the images to see the original graphs full size.  – E.S. Contributors Peter A. Coclanis is an associate professor of history and the associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the Universitv ofContinue reading “Victims of the Soviet Penal System in the Pre-war Years: A First Approach on the Basis of Archival Evidence”

Privatization in Ex-Communist Countries Killed Over One Million People

As many as one million working-age men died due to the economic shock of mass privatisation policies followed by post-communist countries in the 1990s, according to a new study published in The Lancet. The Oxford-led study measured the relationship between death rates and the pace and scale of privatisation in 25 countries in the formerContinue reading “Privatization in Ex-Communist Countries Killed Over One Million People”

KKE 1918-55: Chronology of world-wide actions of protests against the shooting of workers in Zhanaozen

The bloody events in the Mangistauski region on December 16th have triggered a wave of indignation worldwide. Soon after the news of the shooting made it to the outside world the diplomatic missions of Kazakhstan have faced actions of protests and solidarity with the ailing workers and peaceful residents. On December 18th in Tel-Aviv aContinue reading “KKE 1918-55: Chronology of world-wide actions of protests against the shooting of workers in Zhanaozen”

Kazakhstan: Authorities are trying to cover up the number of victims by burying bodies in the steppe

Translated by George G Workers activists are concerned that the authorities may be concealing the bodies of fallen comrades and innocent civilians, as had happened during the events of 1989. Then troops of the Ministry of Internal Affairs also shot civilians and hid the bodies in secret locations. Already then Nazarbaev was in power inContinue reading “Kazakhstan: Authorities are trying to cover up the number of victims by burying bodies in the steppe”