Category history

Vladimir Bukovsky has passed away

Vladimir Bukovsky, the courageous and outspoken Soviet dissident, has died. His last years were marred by a bizarre prosecution that had likely been triggered by an FSB (ex-KGB) frame-up operation. Here’s Jay Nordlinger’s 2019 interview with Bukovsky in Cambridge: parts…

Crazy Russians

The fearsome shaman’s march on Moscow has been interrupted – suspended – reversed perhaps – but echoes of his tambourine will be troubling the sleep of Kremlin denizens for some time. Why am I so sure? Because both they and…

Dr. Chekhov’s patients: Suvorin and Leskov

Early in 1892, Chekhov bought a modest estate in Melikhovo, forty miles south of Moscow. In March, he moved there from Moscow together with his parents and sister, and would live in Melikhovo until 1899. From time to time, he…

“The new professions”

In The Spiritualist Medium: A Study of Female Professionalism in Victorian America (1975), R. Laurence Moore of Cornell wrote: In his journal, [Ralph Waldo] Emerson included the spiritualist medium among the new professions that he believed had emerged in America…