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A new history of post-Soviet Russia is the most insightful—and depressing—yet

Masha Gessen's The Future is History is the work of a Russianists' Russianist

By Vanora Bennett   December 2017

Masha Gessen, raised in Moscow and now working in America, is a Russianist’s Russianist—an expert who straddles east and west and can explain her home country’s complexities in a user-friendly way. Her latest book, The Future is History: How Totalitarianism Reclaimed Russia, is a big canvas—an examination of what has happened to Russia in the past generation, from the partial or at least apparent dismantling of totalitarian structures as the Soviet Union collapsed, to their reconstruction under the…

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