Vestnik – Issue 14, Winter 2013

Vestnik was launched by SRAS in 2004 as one of the world’s first online academic journals focused on showcasing student research. We welcome and invite papers written by undergraduates, graduates, and postgraduates. Research on any subject related to the broad geographic area outlined above is accepted. If you have written solid research eligible for publication according to the guidelines listed here, please submit it.

In this, its fourteenth issue, Vestnik brings you a articles on Soviet culture and the post-Soviet search for identity. Chris Dunnett, a recentgraduate from Johns Hopkins University, compares the Russian nationalism of late-20th century novelist Alexander Solzhenitsyn with that of the modern, influential political scientist Alexander Dugin in Nationalist Thought in Contemporary Russia. SRAS graduate Marin Ekstrom, a junior at the College of St. Scholastica, explores the rise and fall of Romanian Nationalism in Moldova from 1988-1994. Abigail Stowe-Thurston, a sophomore at Macalester College, writes of the ethical implications of the American adoption ban that some argue is, in part, another manifestation of Russia’s resurgent nationalism in The Dima Yakovlev Law: Ethical Implications of the Russian Adoption Ban.

Articles focusing on Soviet culture include those by Ethan McKown, a senior at the University of Montana, who explains how Bulgakov’s The Master and Margarita and Heart of a Dog(1925) challenge the Stalinist desire to implement The Control of Semantic Space. Elizabeth Dacquisto, a recent graduate of the University of Maryland, shows how the The Paradoxes of Vladimir Mayakovsky have created a collective legacy that has been influenced by fact and fiction from various sources. Finally, SRAS graduate Rina Hay, now a graduate student at Oxford University, answers the question How and Why Did the Focus of Samizdat Shift how the samizdat movement changed throughout its history and what it can tell us about the wider context of Soviet society. Another SRAS graduate, Brian Horne, who is now an expert in samizdat at the University of Chicago, served as a guest editor for this peice.

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2013-09-09 – The Paradoxes of Vladimir Mayakovsky

2013-09-04 – Romanian Nationalism in Moldova from 1988-1994

2013-09-03 – Nationalist Thought in Contemporary Russia

2013-09-03 – The Control of Semantic Space: Bulgakov’s Challenge of the Stalinist Vision

2013-09-01 – How and Why Did the Focus of Samizdat Shift

2013-09-01 – The Dima Yakovlev Law: Ethical Implications of the Russian Adoption Ban

About the Author

Josh Wilson

Josh has been with SRAS since 2003. He holds an M.A. in Theatre and a B.A. in History from Idaho State University, where his masters thesis was written on the political economy of Soviet-era censorship organs affecting the stage. He lived in Moscow from 2003-2022, where he ran Moscow operations for SRAS. At SRAS, Josh still assists in program development and leads our internship programs. He is also the editor-in-chief for the SRAS newsletter, the SRAS Family of Sites, and Vestnik. He has previously served as Communications Director to Bellerage Alinga and has served as a consultant or translator to several businesses and organizations with interests in Russia.

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