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Warped Mourning: Stories of the Undead in the Land of the Unburied

  title={Warped Mourning: Stories of the Undead in the Land of the Unburied},
  author={Alexander Etkind},
After Stalin's death in 1953, the Soviet Union dismantled the enormous system of terror and torture that he had created. But there has never been any Russian ban on former party functionaries, nor any external authority to dispense justice. Memorials to the Soviet victims are inadequate, and their families have received no significant compensation. This book's premise is that late Soviet and post-Soviet culture, haunted by its past, has produced a unique set of memorial practices. More than… 

Fascism and the Ukraine Crisis

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