Yuri Slezkine

is a Russian-born American professor of Russian history and director of the Berkeley Program in Eurasian and East European Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution (Princeton University Press, 2017), The Jewish Century (Princeton University Press, 2004) and ‘The USSR as a Communal Apartment, or How a Socialist State Promoted Ethnic Particularism’, Slavic Review, Vol. 53, No. 2 (Summer 1994), pp. 414-452.


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Socialism in one apartment complex

Historian Yuri Slezkine in conversation with ‘Rīgas Laiks’ editor Uldis Tirons

Moscow’s House on the Embankment was home to many of the first generation of Russian revolutionaries. Historian Yuri Slezkine, who has written the definitive account of the building, describes how it embodied the lives, hopes and fate of the Soviet project and its elite.

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