Рецензия на книги Sarah Badcock. Politics and the People in Revolutionary Russia: A Provincial History (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007) и Aaron B. Retish. Russia’s Peasants in Revolution and Civil War: Citizenship, Identity, and the Creation of the Soviet State, 1914-1922 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008)
Immediately after the beginning of the Great Patriotic War, the Stalinist state started a “purge” of “suspicious elements” in the country. The campaign resembled the Great Terror in several parameters: the arrests took place throughout the country, certain categories of the population were repressed. Religious believers were among the repressed. Their persecution was extremely brutal. The courts of general jurisdiction were one of the instruments of repressions. The article is based on their materials. The war became an incentive for a terror campaign, but it had also set the latter’s limits. It was impossible to simultaneously fight with an external opponent and to conduct a large-scale campaign against "internal enemies". The scale of repression against believers, as well as the degree of its brutality, significantly decreased during the war, but the persecution never fully ceased.
The review is on the historical analysis of the book by prominent St. Petersburg anthropologist
The author reviews the book by the Polish historian D. Dabrowski on the kings' genealogy of medieval Rus'. The author gives some critical comments on the book.
The reference on small book by Ya. N. Rabinovich about small towns and fortresses in Novgorod Land during the Time of Troubles. The book is seriously critisized for author's few knowledge of historiography. General view on the book is nevertheless positive
The article analizes the most important trends in the recent Western historiography of Russia's agrarian reforms.
In the article participation of Old Believers in political processes in Russia in the second half of 19th - early 20th century is analyzed. Old Believers kept loyalty to the government power. In their environment it is possible to find a wide range of political opinions with some bias to the right. About communications of Old Belief businessmen with revolutionaries some significant and reliable data aren't present. After October revolution and during Civil war Old Believers participated in the most active way in the White movement.