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Totalitarianism in Russia


Thursday, we’re talking about what happened to Russia. The fall of the USSR was followed by a period of liberalization, and the country appeared to be on the path towards democracy. Then Vladimir Putin rose to power. He invaded neighboring countries. He led a crackdown on political opposition. He’s waging war on the concept of Western democracy. But where has his regime left Russia and its people? Journalist Masha Gessen joins us Tuesday to share what she’s learned about how totalitarianism reclaimed Russia.

Masha Gessen is a staff writer at The New Yorker. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, The New York Review of BooksVanity Fair, among many other publications. She's the author of several books. Her newest is called The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia [Independent bookstores|Amazon|Audible].

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