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Leon Aron

Leon Aron

Leon Aron is a resident scholar and the director of Russian Studies at the American Enterprise Institute. His articles on Russia for Commentary have included “Novorossiya!”(December 2014) and “How Putin Does It” (July 2013).

In April, in a four-hour call-in show televised across Russia, Vladimir Putin assigned the name New Russia—Novorossiya—to the lands in Southeastern Ukraine he claimed were...

When Vladimir Putin became acting president of Russia after Boris Yeltsin’s resignation on New Year’s Eve, 1999, the retired KGB Major-General Oleg Kalugin, then already...

Short stories by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn? Many readers might be required to recalibrate their sense of the man before sitting down to Apricot Jam and Other...

“Is Russia going Backward?” That was the question posed By the title of an article that I completed in late August 2004 and published in...

Editor’s note: The following essay was completed for publication before the terrorist slaughter in Beslan in early September. _____________   The news from Russia has been decidedly grim....

The characters of nature are legible, it is true; but they are not plain enough to enable those who run to read them. —Edmund Burke, On...

The New Stalinology Stalin: The Glasnost Revelations. by Walter Laqueur. Scribner’s. 383 pp. $24.95. Stalin’s War Against the Jews: The Doctors’ Plot and the Soviet Solution. by Louis Rapoport. The Free...

Soviet society is in a state of spiritual turmoil for which there is no precedent in its entire history. A comparison with the Khrushchev years...