They’re Coming for Us: Reviewing Eliot Borenstein’s Plots Against Russia: conspiracy and fantasy after socialism

For years, Eliot Borenstein’s previous book, Overkill: sex and violence in contemporary Russian popular culture, has been my go-to recommendation for colleagues and Russocurious friends who want to learn more about the dominant narratives of modern-day Russia. For readers expecting … Continue reading They’re Coming for Us: Reviewing Eliot Borenstein’s Plots Against Russia: conspiracy and fantasy after socialism

North Caucasus Monthly: MinKavkaz abolished and Ingushetia government dissolves

MinKavkaz to be abolished. The resignation of Russia’s government on 22 January will have a direct impact on the North Caucasus (also see below), as the federal Ministry of North Caucasus Affairs (MinKavkaz) is set to be abolished, Caucasian Knot … Continue reading North Caucasus Monthly: MinKavkaz abolished and Ingushetia government dissolves

In Hungary, Viktor Orbán faces two challenges: his eroding power and a liberal Budapest

After opposition groups scored big in local elections, Hungary’s right-wing prime minister needs to decide where to take his party. In early January, when Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán held a press conference, he faced several unusual questions. Orbán –– … Continue reading In Hungary, Viktor Orbán faces two challenges: his eroding power and a liberal Budapest