In anticipation of the upcoming winter session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), which will take place in Strasbourg between 21-25 January, Anastasia Dmitrichenko discusses why Russia may leave the Council of Europe (CoE) and why … Continue reading The Russian Question and the Council of Europe: where is the conflict headed?
– 1st December – At the end of November, Russian Navy forces attacked and seized three Ukrainian Navy vessels in the Black Sea. As a result of this, the Ukrainian Government voted to impose martial law for 30 days in … Continue reading Russia-Ukraine tensions rise in the Black Sea and Putin’s Stasi card discovered in an archive
– 1st November – A teen boy, identified as Mikhail Zhlobitsky, has died after detonating explosive devices in the FSB’s headquarters in Arkhangelsk. Three officers were also hurt in the blast, but there were no other fatalities. The teen identified … Continue reading Kremlin-aide front runner denied Interpol top job and Putin visits France for World War I Armistice
– 5th of October – After the expulsion of two Russian spies from the Netherlands in September, analysts are warning that the Kremlin and Putin will not relax their spying techniques. The spies were arrested and extradited to Russia after … Continue reading United Russia’s support is dwindling and a school shooter kills 21 in Crimea
Cinema in the Soviet Union was one of the most controlled mediums under the Communist regime. As a result of this, each era, marked above all by changes in the leadership, transformed the aesthetics of Soviet cinema along different visual … Continue reading From avant garde to dreamscapes: aesthetics in the Soviet Cinema 1917-1964
Native to the city of Nizhnekamsk, Republic of Tatarstan in Russia, Anastasia Karkotskaya has spent most of her adult life in Saint Petersburg. Originally a student of history, she is currently writing her Master’s thesis about cinema in the former … Continue reading Snapshots: Anastasia Karkotskaya
The Soviet Cinema is often associated with two names – Sergei Eisenstein and Andrei Tarkovsky. However, there are many more masters from the Soviet cinema that academic and social discourse almost never discuss. Why do we not search more thoroughly … Continue reading Shadows of Forgotten Masters
EU-Russia relations appear to have reached an all time low. A consistent problem that only seems to increase tensions is the fact that Western media neither pay attention to, nor seek to understand Russia’s incredibly complicated identity. An identity that … Continue reading Russian Sonderweg. Is understanding Russia’s “Special Path” key to improving EU-Russia relations?
Theorists and filmgoers alike need to move on from Tarkovsky and the Dream Cinema and accept Zvyagintsev as a true master of Social Realism. While the former was a Soviet master of creating the uncreatable in what many see as the … Continue reading Two Andreis at odds