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Taylor E Dark spent a year teaching at a Russian university where he found a student generation politically apathetic but entrepreneurially vigorous. They even miss classes to go on business trips

By Taylor E Dark   July 1996

The National Interest

5th January 1996

A century ago, the youth of Russia were notorious for their radicalism. By the end of the 19th century, their most extreme representatives had pioneered strategies of political terrorism against the Tsarist state; led an ill-fated “crusade to the people”; and embraced versions of Marxism that demanded the total reconstruction of society. In the Bolshevik revolution, this student generation came to power under the leadership of Lenin, Bukharin, Trotsky, and Stalin-all former student activists who had been expelled from college or otherwise punished for their radicalism.

As Russia navigates its current time of…

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