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Kevin M. F. Platt
Kevin M. F. Platt is the author of books and articles about the intersections of Russian culture, political life and history — most recently the book Terror and Greatness: Ivan and Peter as Russian Myths. He also writes about historical memory and contemporary culture in Russia and in Eastern Europe. He is Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Term Professor in the Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania. You can see a full bio and list of his publications here.

Entries by Kevin M. F. Platt

Mayor of Latvian Capital: Putin Is 'Best Thing Possible' for Latvia

(97) Comments | Posted September 6, 2014 | 11:04 AM

The mayor of the Latvian capital city Riga, Nil Ushakov, stated yesterday in Moscow that for Latvia, "the best thing possible right now is President Vladimir Putin." Ushakov, a prominent ethnic Russian politician and the leader of Latvia's powerful centrist Harmony Center Party, offered this surprising remark in...

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Russian Media on Malaysian Flight MH17 Tragedy: Epic Fail

(37) Comments | Posted July 20, 2014 | 2:58 PM

The Russian media has made one thing clear in the aftermath of the destruction of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17: it generates a view of the world corresponding to the political needs of the Kremlin. Yet even the Kremlin spin machine has been incapable of coming up with a plausible account...

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Russia's Powerful Media Bubble

(4) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 6:30 PM

Watching Russian media has been a sobering experience lately.

Over the past month, a tidal wave of patriotic enthusiasm for the aggressive assertion of Russian power in Ukraine has saturated nearly all print, Internet and television in Russia. Alternative and oppositional news sources have been blocked by...

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