Stepan Ivanovich Karagodin: Lost and Found

Stepan Ivanovich Karagodin: Lost and Found An intriguing story has emerged recently in the Russian press and it’s now being picked up by some of the British media. It touches on some interesting questions relating to historical responsibility, victimhood and retribution. Since 2012, Denis Karagodin has been investigating the death of his great grandfather, Stepan … More Stepan Ivanovich Karagodin: Lost and Found

30 October: Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Political Repression

Crowds gathered in Moscow and in other Russian cities over the weekend to remember those who died as a result of Stalin’s purges in the 1930s and 1940s. The commemoration in Moscow took place in Lubyanka Square, where the memorial stone, a large granite boulder sourced from the Solovetski island home of many prisoners, is … More 30 October: Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Political Repression

Celebrating the Lives of Soviet Women: Irina Vyacheslavovna Rakobol’skaya (1919-2016)

‘We are a generation not from this universe’ One of the few remaining members of the infamous ‘night witches’, the female pilots who flew in the Soviet front line during World War Two, died on 22 September 2016. Irina Vyacheslavovna Rakobol’skaya was born on 22 December 1919. She enrolled in the physics faculty at Moscow … More Celebrating the Lives of Soviet Women: Irina Vyacheslavovna Rakobol’skaya (1919-2016)

Report from Visiting Researcher, Dr Pia Koivunen

During the first two weeks of June, History at the University of Gloucestershire played host to Dr Pia Koivunen, a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute of Advanced Social Research, University of Tampere, Finland. Dr Koivunen has published widely on different aspects of the Soviet-sponsored World Youth Festivals, one of which was held in Moscow in … More Report from Visiting Researcher, Dr Pia Koivunen