It Was a Long Time Ago, and It Never Happened Anyway by David Satter
Russia and the Communist Past

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Russia today is haunted by deeds that have not been examined and words that have been left unsaid. A serious attempt to understand the meaning of the Communist experience has not been undertaken, and millions of victims of Soviet Communism are all but forgotten. In this book David Satter, a former Moscow correspondent and longtime writer on Russia and the Soviet Union, presents a striking new interpretation of Russia's great historical tragedy, locating its source in Russia's failure fully to appreciate the value of the individual in comparison with the objectives of the state. 

Satter explores the moral and spiritual crisis of Russian society. He shows how it is possible for a government to deny the inherent value of its citizens and for the population to agree, and why so many Russians actually mourn the passing of the Soviet regime that denied them fundamental rights. Through a wide-ranging consideration of attitudes toward the living and the dead, the past and the present, the state and the individual, Satter arrives at a distinctive and important new way of understanding the Russian experience.

 

About David Satter

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David Satter is senior fellow, Hudson Institute, and fellow, Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. He was Moscow correspondent for the Financial Times from 1976 to 1982, then a special correspondent on Soviet affairs for the Wall Street Journal. His previous books, Age of Delirium: The Decline and Fall of the Soviet Union and Darkness at Dawn: The Rise of the Russian Criminal State, are both available from Yale University Press. He lives in Washington, D.C.
 
Published December 13, 2011 by Yale University Press. 398 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Travel.

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Sober, trenchant exploration of the need for settling the crimes of the Soviet Union with history.

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Satter (Age of Delirium: The Decline and Fall of the Soviet Union), a Hudson Institute fellow and former Moscow correspondent for the Financial Times, amasses over two decades of research and reporting in a startling book that revisits the history, symbols, and repressive tools of the deposed Sov...

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Back in the 1890s, Anton Chekhov wrote of the struggle to “squeeze out the slave from myself drop by drop.” And it was Count Alexander von Benckendorff—the real founder of Russia’s secret police, a century before Dzerzhinsky—who described Russia’s top-down structure with these words: “Laws are wr...

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