Tag: soviet history

Celebrating the Lives of Soviet Women: Lyudmila Mikhailovna Alekseeva

I was greatly saddened to wake this morning to the news of the death of Moscow-based human rights activist Lyudmila Mikhailovna Alekseeva on 8 December 2018 at the age of 91. I was fortunate to be able to […]

  Events 10 December 2018  

Prof. Melanie Ilic Celebrates a New Publication

On 7 November, I was privileged to be part of the presentation panel at the Centre for Russian, European and Eurasian Studies (CREES), The University of Birmingham, to mark the recent publication of the seventh and final volume […]

  Events 13 November 2018  

Celebrating the Lives of Soviet Women: Tamara Vladimirovna Petkevich (29 March 1920 – 18 October 2017)

‘Gulag Actress’ Tamara Petkevich died recently in St Petersburg at the age of 97. Here is an abridged version of the review of her Memoir that I wrote when it was published in English in 2010. This volume […]

  Events 24 October 2017  

Women’s Experiences of the Great Terror – new publication by Prof Melanie Ilic

I posted on our Facebook page in September that I had a book due to come out very soon, and now it’s actually here! Women’s Experiences of Repression in the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe is a co-authored […]

  Conferences 18 October 2017  

History welcomes Dr Wendy Slater

Dr Slater is joining the History team at the University of Gloucestershire as part-time lecturer in Russian and Soviet history for semester 1, replacing Prof. Melanie Ilic who will be on a research sabbatical. I came to Russian […]

  Events 4 September 2017  

Arrest of Wives: NKVD Operational Order No. 00486, 15 August 1937

The Great Terror of 1936 to 1938 left an indelible mark on Soviet politics and Stalinist society. In addition to the three major show trials in Moscow, purges and arrests took place across the country. Initially, these were […]

  Events 15 August 2017  

Celebrating the Lives of Soviet Women: Rada Nikitichna Adzhubei (1929-2016)

Rada Nikitichna Adzhubei, daughter of Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev, died in a hospital in Moscow a year ago on 11 August 2016. Right up to her final illness, Rada Nikitichna continued to live in the spacious apartment in […]

  Events 11 August 2017  

Celebrating the Lives of Soviet Women: Irina Ratushinskaya

Dissident poet, Irina Ratushinskaya died in Moscow on 5 July 2017, aged just 63. Born in Odessa, Ukraine, in 1954, Ratushinskaya appears to have had a pretty standard Soviet upbringing. She was awarded a degree in physics in […]

  Events 11 July 2017  

Prof Melanie Ilic Goes on Sabbatical

I’m very pleased to be able to announce that the university’s Being Human Research Priority Area has awarded me a period of sabbatical leave for semester one 2017/18. The main focus of my work during this period will […]

  Conferences 26 June 2017  

Stepan Ivanovich Karagodin: Lost and Found

Stepan Ivanovich Karagodin: Lost and Found An intriguing story has emerged recently in the Russian press and it’s now being picked up by some of the British media. It touches on some interesting questions relating to historical responsibility, […]

  Melanie Ilic 25 November 2016