I am a lawyer with a master's and doctorate in Russian studies from Oxford University. My published research explores early Soviet educational history, comparative revolution, and constitutional theory. See http://works.bepress.com/william_partlett/. I also blog on contemporary Russian politics and culture at putinwatcher.blogspot.com.
Latest posts by Will Partlett
Drawing on a rich tradition of "political technology" honed under both the Tsarist and Soviet police states, the Russian media are now rife with paid stories planted to advance specific agendas. Will Partlett examines what appears to be a recent example of this practice.
Will Partlett writes about young Russian activists who, with the help of a digital camera and a copy of the applicable law, have exposed the private side to the arbitrary exercise of power in Russia.
Russian television footage this week showed hooded young Ukrainians attacking World War II veterans, giving Nazi salutes, and chanting nationalist slogans. As they ripped St. George ribbons from people's shirts, it seemed that Ukrainian youth had forgotten the terrible sacrifices made by the Soviet Union to defeat Germany. Will Partlett reports on what the Russian press is not saying about the May 9 clashes in Lvov, Ukraine.