Смоленский рубеж в войне 1812 года и ментальные карты Российской империи
Recently, the name of Boris Georgievich Menshagin (1902-1984), an interesting person with a unique fate, is increasingly found in historiography. A successful Smolensk lawyer in the pre-war years, the burgomaster of Smolensk and Bobruisk during the summer German occupation, sentenced for this to 25 years in prison, the author of interesting historical testimonies left both during the investigation and in prison, and upon release. Written memoirs, audio interviews, and Menshagin’s letters form the core of the book and, together with a selection of unique documents, are a monument to the era and a true treasure for the historian, first of all, for the researcher of the German occupation regime in the USSR and Soviet collaboration.
The December protests in Moscow do not represent a “Russian Spring,” “Orange Revolution,” or new version of Perestroika. Rather they have more in common with the Progressive movement that fought corruption in the U.S. during the early part of the twentieth century. The demonstrations made clear that Russian citizens now want to play an active role in their country’s political life.
We present a simple hedonic model for apartment prices in Moscow in the year 2003. Based on some 15,000 observations we estimate the model and use the estimates for prediction. Pretest issues are explicitly taken into account.
The practice of dacha subdivision, and garden plot allotment in particular, spread widely during Soviet times, not only within the Russian Federation, but also to other Soviet Republics and even other socialist countries. While in the environs of the many-socialist cities, second homes are actively included into the real estate market and housing supply, Moscow’s suburbs demonstrate their loyalty to the established tradition of seasonal migration between the city and the countryside. This study seeks to address the question how do the shifting from socialist to market economy impact the dacha life-style of the Muscovites and to look into dynamics of the changes in the relations between the city and hinterland since the collapse of the socialist state from dachas’ point of view.