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  1. Is Soviet Ideology Regaining Momentum in Russia?

    Russian writer Vladimir Sorokin believes that Soviet ideals were not overthrown in 1991 so much as shoved under the rug to fester. The resurgent popularity of Soviet idols like Stalin and the nostalgia for lost imperial grandeur have found an outlet in the annexation of Crimea, exposing Russia’s failure to “let the past collapse.” As in the communist era, the country is becoming increasingly isolated. On Friday, the G7 announced a new set of sanctions against Putin’s administration. The Soviet hangover is perhaps best illustrated by the president himself, a former KGB lieutenant colonel who openly laments the fall of the USSR.

    Sources: NY Review of Books, Al Jazeera

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