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October 2018 I suppose it’s a bit late in the year to introduce a (possible) new feature to Russia Reviewed, but here we are.

November 2018 Chickening out, versatile verbs, geohistory, the endless blogging cycle, and more.

December 2018 Russian roadblock, a podcast review, travelers’ libraries, and more.

January 2019 In which J.T. stalls for time.

February 2019 Application season, an EU novel, language learning through social media, and more.

March 2019 Weird history, mediocrity, multimedia, and the Summer Series poll.

April 2019 HD remakes, a call for reviews, local names, seashells, and more.

May 2019 Total Dictation and April reading. By the way, the blog is ablaze.

June 2019 Greetings from Indiana, a new essay contest, “Russian” crime novels, a creative commons search engine, and more.

July 2019 Blogging and rescheduling; pipe dreams; books that actually managed to get read.

August 2019 Back from IU-Bloomington, “to have” verbs, a heap of articles, and more.

September 2019 Half-baked ideas, a translator’s journey, and an above-average quantity of anthropological articles. Plus, two books which pique my interest for very different reasons.

October 2019 Thirteen books from September, an ice cream vendor vanishes, the Queen of Translation Reviews issues a decree, the Romanovs get roasted, and blog pages shuffle like a deck of cards.

November 2019 Basically, blogging slump.

December 2019 Reflecting on anonymous reviewing; 2019 in literary translations from Russian; the worst art to ever come out of Venice of the North. Plus an announcement about end-of-year surveys.

January 2020 (new name format: “prev. month in review”) Upgraded images, December in books, 2020 translation workshops and more.

Russia Roundups

#1 Has there been a rollback of democracy under Putin?

#2 Foreign policy outlook, Russian Federation sitrep, Panama Papers

#3 Direct Line with Vladimir Putin, Russia in the Middle East, debt collector violence

#4 Approval ratings, Tolokonnikova, foreign policy trajectories, Bastrykin’s Kommersant op-ed.

#5 Chernobyl, a letter to the Russian elite, Chatham House report, Russian demographics

#6 Protest potential, NATO posturing, freedom of speech in the EU

#8 RBK “pogrom”, Valdai Club, mainstream news media

#9 Levada Center statistics, Cold War model of confrontation, more Valdai Club

#10 VCIOM press releases, rank stupidity, militarized Poland, Stalinism, Tolokonnikova in Lithuania

#11 Emigration, demographics, Levada Center, Lenin lookalikes on Red Square

#12 Russia’s “new propagandists”, Orlando Shooting, Kennan Institute, The Magnitsky Act: Behind the Scenes

#13 Russia vs. NATO, patriotism in Russia, the road from 1996.

#14 the politics of exhibition, an all time low for Russia bashing, electoral legitimacy, the Belykh affair

#15 Yarovaya package, emigration, diplomat harassment, Russian rich kids of instagram

#16 VCIOM press releases, Church-State relations, NATO’s theater of the absurd

#17 National pride, superstition, Crimea, political stars

#18 Trump-Putin bromance, potential for a coup in Russia, DNC leaks, the Hawks’ election strategy, honorable mentions.

#19 Dem/Rep. national conventions, VtsIOM press releases, Russian elite rotation, Olympics

#20 Russophobia in magazines, VTsIOM press release, cyber attacks on Moscow Metro

#21 “Russian” cyberattacks, “Russia-Iran condominium”, patriotic comic book, Trump-Russia connection, VTsIOM press release

#22 Arizona election hack, Brzezinski gives up on empire, Kremlinology

#23 Russia’s Pokemon gulag, Russia in Iran, Russian State in the Far East, Levada Center

#24 populism in the US and Russia, Novosibirsk, VTsIOM poll, parliamentary elections

#25 Russia v PornHub, Russian Duma elections, Putin Panic

#26 A visit to Vladimir, Syria, VTsIOM, Black people in Russia

#27 Party Like a Russian, Obama and Russia, VTsIOM social indicators, Putin Derangement Syndrome

#28 Russians on the US election, Retrospective Foresight Saga, Valdai Club, electoral ratings

Russia Roundups cancelled

Russia Roundup, post-election edition (#29)

Holiday Russia Roundup (#30)

Russia Roundup: another attempt (#31)

#32 Levada Center, US miscalculation on Russia, Moscow’s foreign policy, NOSE award, Kremlin-baiting Trump

#33 Working-class life in anytown Russia, Alexander Snegirev’s Vera, former Ambassador Jack Matlock on US-Russian relations, ant pictures, what do average Americans think of the Russians?

#34 Putin Derangement Syndrome, 2017 National Bestseller longlist, genealogy of American russophobia, prospects for a Sino-Russian rift strategy

#35 Collapse of journalism, Galeotti on Trump-Russia connection, why there will be no revolution in Russia, Flynn, oldest J.T. protoputin known to man

#36 Witch hunt, darkest Russian literature, most memorable recent events

#37 Trumpspam, unhinged Russia rhetoric, Russian with a political scientist, Vladimir Putin myths, New Yorker’s cover story

#38 Black swan events, contacts with Russian embassy, Paul Goldberg’s The Yid, Navalny “kompromats” Medvedev, Masha Gessen warns against Russia hysteria, ISSF Roundtable on Return to Cold War

#39 Sergey Kuznetsov’s Kaleidoscope, weaponizing comedy, Tom Clancy fever dream, “Shooter” and Russian conspiracies, protoputin’s cousins

#40 Hahn on Khododrkovsky, new Detente, learning Russian at the DLI, Baikal photography

#41 Anticorruption protests in Russia, Valery Zatoukha’s novels, the end of Russia Direct (as we know it), not so rebellious youth, summer series results

#42 Rise and fall of the ruble, Navalny’s dark side, Maria Gaidar, VTsIOM press release, worst Stalin drawing ever

#43 Selection and maintenance of the aim, “gray zone” conflict, graphic artist Victoria Lomasko on empathy, Syria, U.S.-Russian relations unhinged, review of A Bitter Harvest

#44 Trump’s America: friend or foe, Russia hysteria, J.T. is interviewed by Street Russian, ALTA emerging translator mentorship program, Russian Federation sitrep, some good advice

#45 NatsBest Shortlist, electrical separation, Russian beyond Russia, should Lenin’s body be laid to rest?, Chechnya, J.T. begins to crack under the pressure of Russisteria

#46 2017 Big Book Longlist, linguistic cargo cult, what’s wrong with American articles about Cold War II, summer school in Nizhny Novgorod, Credit Suisse/inequality in Russia, cryptic comment from the spam filter

#47 MCIS 2017, Bacevich on 24 issues addressed by neither the political elite nor the media, Oliver Stone’s documentary “PUTIN”

#48 TsEPR, low standard of living in Russia, Fargo cuts mention of Putin, Pushkin House Book Prize, Dmitry Medvedev

#49 Problems of Putinism, Sorokin’s Manaraga, origins of “Russiagate”, still no evidence

#50 Gadol’s Director. Instructions for Liberation, young Russians and TV, Zvyagintsev’s Loveless, the curse of Princh Dmitry of Uglich


#51 Popular revolt and the working class, nature photography, modern-day kompromat, WaPo’s big scoop, an interview with Vladimir Pozner, CNN journalists resign over false Russia story, Federation sitrep, time to flee, theme change.

#52 Trump and LNG, DIA’s “Russia Military Power”, Gukovo, bringing back the tsar, Russian-language TV shows, “Sputnik i Pogrom’ blocked.

#53 Putin and Trump at Hamburg, 2017 Russian-to-English translations, that Trump Jr. stuff, the Overton Bubble, J.T. makes some bad jokes and goes without TV for a week.

#54 The making of a Russian Studies course, Lev Kamenev, strategic stability, learning Russian, INF treaty, sketches, most controversial thing I’ve written.

#55 Protesting miners vs. VTsIOM, two books about Russia in English, Intel vets challenge “Russia Hack” evidence, new naval doctrine, sanctions bill against Russia.

#56 I’m behind edition. Women and the State, July Russian Roundup, published life, Military Acceptance Day, Navalny, and much much more.

#57 Nature photography, crowdfunding in Russia, a roadmap for U.S.-Russian relations, 8 theories on Trump and Putin, ‘Tank Tales’.

#58 Translations of Russian women, Sergei Udaltsov, diplomatic reciprocities, Russian navy, Khodorkovsky, visa suspensions, counterpropaganda, comics, and more.

#59 Weekly MOD graphics, marriage, Russian traditionalism, Russia scandal, nature photography, a review of Sir Richard Shirreff’s ‘2017’.

#60 A Slow newsweek. Or perhaps I didn’t care.

#61 2017 Russian Booker Prize longlist, unified textbook, Trump-Russia scandal (again), Zapad-2017, politics and blogging

#62 The final Roundup: America’s Russia blind spot, VTsIOM polls, Russian nuclear forces, Russian Studies Majors, experts without expertise, and more.