‘Gulag Actress’ Tamara Petkevich died recently in St Petersburg at the age of 97. Here is an abridged version of the review of her Memoir that I wrote when it was published in English in 2010. This volume has made a significant contribution to my own research on the Soviet women who fell victim to … More Celebrating the Lives of Soviet Women: Tamara Vladimirovna Petkevich (29 March 1920 – 18 October 2017)
I posted on our Facebook page in September that I had a book due to come out very soon, and now it’s actually here! Women’s Experiences of Repression in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe is a co-authored volume focusing on the largely untold story of the ways in which state-sponsored repression in Soviet-dominated Eastern … More Women’s Experiences of the Great Terror – new publication by Prof Melanie Ilic
The Great Terror of 1936 to 1938 left an indelible mark on Soviet politics and Stalinist society. In addition to the three major show trials in Moscow, purges and arrests took place across the country. Initially, these were mostly, though not exclusively, aimed at high ranking Communist Party members and government officials as well as … More Arrest of Wives: NKVD Operational Order No. 00486, 15 August 1937
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
Roll up, roll up! You may be interested to hear that we have several copies from the publisher of the following book available for review: Roger Moorhouse, The Devil’s Alliance: Hitler’s Pact with Stalin, 1939-1941 If you would like to borrow a copy of the book to prepare a review, please contact Melanie on firstname.lastname@example.org. … More Book Review Opportunity!