It has been 25 years since Mikhail Gorbachev resigned as the last leader of the Soviet Union. Today, the Communist Party is in the opposition, and many communists express nostalgia for the old days. But do they really want to go back to the USSR?
The state authorities may have brushed over centenary celebrations of the 1917 Russian Revolution, but the era's artistic innovations are visible across Russian design today, in everything from fashion to architecture.
Without the Bolshevik victory in 1917, decolonization across Africa may have played out in a much different fashion. Many liberation movements were inspired by the Russian Revolution.
The centennial of the Russian Revolution could present an occasion for reflection in Russia. Instead, the historian Karl Schlögel writes, the national mood is one of bewilderment and indifference.
As some worry that Josef Stalin is being rehabilitated in Russia's collective memory, a new monument to his victims has opened in Moscow. Survivors of his reign of terror are not convinced that it's enough.
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