Who Was Yuri Andropov? Ideologue, Policeman, Apparatchik

Vladimir Tismaneanu is professor of politics at the University of Maryland (College Park) and author most recently of "The Devil in History: Communism, Fascism, and Some Lessons of the Twentieth Century" (University of California Press, 2012).


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Why a deceased Soviet butcher has an ever-growing mini-cult following.

From Andropov to Putin: The Last Spasm of a Decrepit Dictatorship

Vladimir Tismaneanu is professor of politics at the University of Maryland (College Park) and author most recently of "The Devil in History: Communism, Fascism, and Some Lessons of the Twentieth Century" (University of California Press, 2012).


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The last gasp of the secret police’s squalid rule?

Blame the Predecessor, Not the Ideology: A Historical Leftist Tactic


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I witnessed this strategy in the Soviet Union, and now I see it at Occupy Wall Street. It always fails.