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A Conversation with Boris Akunin
“Such a System is Chemically Incompatible with Democracy”

A bestselling crime writer in exile discusses why he left Moscow, how fiction and history shed light on Putin’s Russia, and why implementing democracy in Russia is still an uphill battle.

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Nationalism Rising
Marie Antoinette, Donald Trump, and the Shaky West

When elites close their eyes to inconvenient truths that the people see, the people sometimes throw off not only the elites but the institutions they control.

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