Category: Students’ Choice

Manuscripts Don’t Burn

For my blog post of the week, I wanted briefly look at censorship in 1960’s Soviet Russia and how censorship effected The Master and Margarita, a book by that many consider to be one of the greatest pieces of literature of the… Continue Reading →

Brain Drain Is Prohibited!

Though Khrushchev’s Thaw brought about significant political and social changes in Russia, many academics and scientists continued to view the Soviet bureaucracy as an impediment to their work. With newfound political freedom and a re-emphasis on technological advancement, Soviet scientists looked for ways to organize themselves into a physically close community in order to be able […]

The Power of Patriotism

  According to, patriotism is a “devoted love, support, and defense of one’s country; national loyalty.” Similarly, nationalism is a “devotion and loyalty to one’s own country; patriotism.” Ironically, patriotism is often seen as an admirable quality to possess because of the pride one feels for their country, whereas nationalism is often met with … Continue reading The Power of Patriotism


In February 1920 the All-Russian Central Executive Committee of the Soviets announced the formation of a State Electrification Commission (GOELRO), starting the first major economic project of the Bolsheviks. This program would be led under the chairmanship of the Bolshevik electrical engineer, Gleb Krzhizhanovskii. The task would call for a general plan for electrifying the … Continue reading ALL OF RUSSIA DO THE ELECTRIC SLIDE

An Assassins Guide to a Successful Murder

              Assassins are a fascinating group of people. They are willing to go to the grandest extremes for their goal, no matter the danger. What is equally as fascinating is the planning that goes into these assassinations, as the assassins spend enormous amounts of time planning the murder of […]

Neva Stop the Party

The Russian Revolution of 1905 stirred a lot of change within the country. Political parties were not legal before the Revolution, but that did not stop them from existing as we know because they were the ones who stirred the Revolution pot. Under the Tsar, political parties were illegal before 1905. The idea of political… Continue reading Neva Stop the Party