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Criminal corrections in the Baltic countries: The Soviet legacy persists

The Baltic countries have a larger percentage of people in prison than any other EU member state. The reason? A persistent Soviet legacy that decress criminals should be locked up.

By Påhl Ruin Inga kommentarer till The Soviet legacy persists

Corporate Raiding in Post-Soviet Russia

Hostile takeovers and company captures have been an everyday reality in the post-Soviet Russian economy. A new research agenda is needed to understand whether private property is worth anything in contemporary Russia.

By Ilja Viktorov Inga kommentarer till in Post-Soviet Russia

velimir khlebnikov and the volga famine

"Hunger" shows us Khlebnikov at his most compassionate; it may well be the only adequate literary response to the Volga famine of 1921.

By Robert Chandler 2 kommentarer till and the volga famine

Exhibition in Moscow Soviet Design 1950–1980

Soviet Design 1950–1980 was shown for two busy winter months and enjoyed great public success. Even if Soviet design was often — but far from always — based on originals borrowed from the West, the individual objects exude a personal charm, variation, and quirkiness that makes them well worth preserving, exhibiting, and discussing.

By Margareta Tillberg 1 kommentar till Soviet Design 1950–1980

Tourism is endangering Albania’s cultural heritage

In Albania, its cultural heritage is threatened by tourism. Fairytale castle are being converted to hotels with no respect for their history. Albanians politicians believe that they cannot afford to preserve the past for the future, says reporter Axel Kronblom.

By Axel Kronholm Inga kommentarer till Albania’s cultural heritage

Memory Caches

What was buried by Balts who were exiled to Siberia, before they were taken away? These finds are now being digged up as examples of modern archaeology. Helga Nõu remembers when, aged nine, she was told where a secret was buried and how she was sworn to never ever tell.

By Påhl Ruin Inga kommentarer till Memory Caches

The Tallinn Tapestry

In the City Museum of Tallinn there is a woven tapestry in two parts, from 1547. The tapestry has belonged to the city ever since it was made, in the Flanders (Enghien), on direct order from the wealthy city.

By Bo G. Hellers Inga kommentarer till The Tallinn Tapestry

THE PRUSSIAN PROVINCE OF POSEN A RESERVOIR FOR MODERNITY

The small towns in the province of Posen became a nineteenth-century intellectual reservoir that fed German modernization. A new cultural interface had arisen where the Jewish tradition of text interpretation could interact with Enlightenment thinking and the new Bildung ideal in the spirit of von Humboldt.

By Anders Hammarlund 1 kommentar till A RESERVOIR FOR MODERNITY

Fashion Talks

The exhibition Fashion Talks: Fashion as Communication, which was shown for several months at the Museum for Communication, Berlin, was designed to explore — by looking at the messages conveyed by clothes — how people deal with fashion, both individually and collectively.

By Ekaterina Kalinina Inga kommentarer till Talks

A megaphone for the “artist-politician”

The questions posed by this year’s Berlin Biennale are an expression of anger; over the lack of attention to issues that concern ownership of access to the public space, control of money, and frustration about how the art world is being controlled by increasingly few hands, even as events are increasing in number and being spread all over the world.

By Margareta Tillberg Inga kommentarer till for the “artist-politician”