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About David Szakonyi

David Szakonyi is a Ph.D. student in comparative politics at Columbia University. His research mainly focuses on the economic policies of dictators, though has been known to stretch into all things post-Soviet and quantitative. Currently, he is dividing his time between New York and Moscow with random sojourns into eccentric autocracies. He is learning to tweet here.

Taking the Polar Bear Plunge in Russia

Taking the Polar Bear Plunge in Russia

Finding civil society on the banks of the Moscow River.

CulturePosted on March 14, 2013
What the U.S. Shale Revolution Means for Russia

What the U.S. Shale Revolution Means for Russia

With the advent of fracking, this resource giant has a lot to lose.

InternationalPosted on January 24, 2013
The Disappointments of Russia’s December Protest

The Disappointments of Russia’s December Protest

Why the opposition is ruining its own chances at success.

InternationalPosted on January 8, 2013
Libertarianism in Russia

Libertarianism in Russia

Reimagining an American ideology in a post-Soviet state.

InternationalPosted on December 12, 2012
Moscow Frozen in Time?

Moscow Frozen in Time?

The shelves may be stocked now, but customer service remains Soviet.

CulturePosted on November 26, 2012
What Happened When Sandy Hit Russia

What Happened When Sandy Hit Russia

Drawing lessons from the flood in Krymsk.

InternationalPosted on November 7, 2012
The Buck Stops Here: Full Russian Post-Election Report

The Buck Stops Here: Full Russian Post-Election Report

A quick overview of what happened and what's next in Russian politics.

InternationalPosted on March 7, 2012
Beating a Dead Horse? The Future of Russian Protests

Beating a Dead Horse? The Future of Russian Protests

Thousands turned out to protest in Russia and it didn’t end pretty. What’s next?

InternationalPosted on March 6, 2012
Money Can Buy Him Love: Vote-Buying in Russia

Money Can Buy Him Love: Vote-Buying in Russia

Cost of your vote: 1000 Rubles. Cost of attending a pro-regime rally: 500 Rubles. Six more years of Putin: Priceless.

InternationalPosted on March 5, 2012
Taking Apart “RuNet”: Does the Internet Shape Russian Politics? (Part 2)

Taking Apart “RuNet”: Does the Internet Shape Russian Politics? (Part 2)

Innovation has been key to the digital activists challenging Putin, but how far can it really go?

InternationalPosted on March 3, 2012
Taking Apart “RuNet”: Does the Internet Shape Russian Politics? (Part 1)

Taking Apart “RuNet”: Does the Internet Shape Russian Politics? (Part 1)

Social networking can help oppose Putin, but are Russian web users representative of the overall public sentiment?

InternationalPosted on March 2, 2012
America is the Great Satan (at least until the election over . . .)

America is the Great Satan (at least until the election over . . .)

Back to the Cold War?

InternationalPosted on March 1, 2012
Apocalypse Tomorrow!

Apocalypse Tomorrow!

On the art of Putinist propaganda.

InternationalPosted on March 1, 2012
How Putin Got His Groove Back

How Putin Got His Groove Back

Has Putin’s recent rebound in the polls doomed Russia’s economic future?

InternationalPosted on February 29, 2012
News

We are still accepting submissions and would love to read your work. Please see submissions for guidelines. While most publications are on hold as we work on making some enhancements, we will try to tide you over by continuing to publish new poetry. We will be back to full speed in the Fall. Stay tuned for updates!