Hello! I’m J.T., a student of Russian Affairs. The Russia Bug bit me about four years ago, and I’ve been studying Russian and watching Russia ever since. I’m not one of those starry-eyed young things who fell in love with Pushkin, Dostoyevsky or Bulgakov, though. I was drawn to study Russia not for what it once was, or what most wished it to become, but for what it is now. And what better way to explore modern Russia – aside from residency, of course – than through books and journals?
Russia Reviewed is my first foray into the world of blogging and combines two of my passions: Russian affairs and book critique. I can’t guarantee that I won’t say something that’ll piss you off, but if you like Russia, books, don’t have views than lean too anti-Russian, or are just curious to know a student perspective on the current Western-Russian conflict, you might find this blog at least mildly amusing.
This blog is a personal project and the opinions expressed here belong to me and me alone. I reserve the right to revise my views on Russia or the books at any time as new information on the country becomes available. I might even indulge in the freedom of contradicting myself, albeit rarely. So Consistency Police, I suggest you find another beat to walk.
I’m not Russian, nor am I funded by the State Department or FSB, though illicit financial offers and other general inquiries can be submitted below.