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Alexander Skobov: “The Imperial Essence of the Russian State Must Disappear”

On April 3, Alexander Skobov, 66, a former Soviet political prisoner and one of our authors, was arrested in St. Petersburg. He is accused of “apology of terrorism”.

They Made Putinism: Mikhail Lesin (1958-2015) from Russia Today to Hollywood

Vladimir Putin did not conceive and build Putinism alone. This is the fifth part of the series "They made Putinism", written for Desk Russia by historian Cécile Vaissié. Dubbed by some as "enemy number 1 of Russia's independent media", Mikhail Lesin played a decisive role in reshaping the media...

They Made Putinism: Alfred Koch, the man of Privatizations and NTV

Vladimir Putin did not create and build Putinism alone. Historian Cécile Vaissié presents in Desk Russie the fourth part of her series "They made Putinism". This time, she tells the story of a man who has the reputation of "speaking the truth" without mincing his words. You might also...

They Made Putinism: Gleb Pavlovsky (1951-2023), the Sorcerer’s Apprentice in the Green Jacket

After her portrait of Vladislav Sourkov, the Kremlin's éminence grise, historian Cécile Vaissié offers Desk Russia the second part of her series "They made Putinism". Indeed, other people than Vladimir Putin have, with him, designed and built Putinism, and made it work. One of the main "builders" of Putinism,...

Vladislav Surkov, the “Aesthete” of the Shadows

A great expert on post-Soviet Russia, Professor Cécile Vaissié offers Desk Russie the beginning of her series "They made Putinism", and the first part is devoted to one of the key figures of the regime, Vladislav Surkov. When Ukrainians say that not Putin alone wages war on them, since...

Kirill Serebrennikov. Asking the right questions

This year, Kirill Serebrennikov, Russian director and filmmaker, is attending two major festivals in Cannes and Avignon because he is considered not only a major artist, but also a "victim" of the Putin regime. But as Béatrice Picon-Vallin, a leading specialist in the Russian performing arts, demonstrates, Serebrennikov's career...

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