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It Was a Long Time Ago, and It Never Happened Anyway: Russia and the Communist Past Hardcover – December 13, 2011
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Of course, since times of Ivan the Terrible the enslaving of Russian minds was carried on mainly by brutal force, while modern Western rulers prefer much softer instruments: generous welfare, exquisite politcorrectness, multicultural diversity, ecological care etc. Nevertheless, in spite of so different instruments, the resulting "profound change" of citizenry's views is quite similar. The book's sad title can be as deservedly applied now to many episodes of the Western history too, be it US bureaucracy's cold-blooded betrayal of some 12.Read more ›
The author reviews historical examples of bad behavior, including the Holodomor, the Katyn massacre, and the Vorkuta labor camps. And the author reviews modern examples, including the FSB apartment bombings and the Nord-Ost siege.
The examples are well described with accounts by people personally involved, thus providing interesting additional information for readers who have already studied these events.
The author also reviews thoughts of prominent writers including Solzhenitsyn, Sakharov, and Shafarevich, and provides an understanding of the perverse mentalities of people within the Cheka/NKVD/KGB/FSB.
The author believes that by allowing government zero accountability and complete immunity, Russian society condemns itself to more oppression. By covering-up and forgetting the past rather than exposing terrible events and making memorials to victims, Russian society condemns itself to more terrible events.
Mr. Satter is hopeful that open recognition and critique of historical events could result in an improved society with a rational morality that values self-preservation.
by John Christmas, exiled "Latvian Proxy Network" whistleblower and author of "Democracy Society"
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a brutal read, but important in understanding the Russia of today..Published 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
The author is friend of mine. It was the perfect book to read on a flight.Published 11 months ago by Ethan S. Burger
Great read for all those w trying to understand the Russians! Well written and well researched and great perspective added through out the book. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Lee H.
I've recently read a biography of Mao, and a few years back The Road to Serfdom, with probably a pretty typical American's curiosity about how these things can happen. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Janet K. Marta
History has a way of making itself known no matter how hard people in power try to hide the brutal past. Read morePublished 17 months ago by keetmom
Well written. Information provided very interesting. Conclusions reached by author problematic. If all nations atoned equally for past transgressions within and without, the... Read morePublished 17 months ago by V. Netupsky
Some things are hard for the human psyche to understand and acknowledge. This could explain the problem many Russians have in accepting the murderous rampages of the Chekists in... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Matthew J. Brennan
I got the author's point after the first 20 pages. The rest of the book (at least up to page 288, at which point the narrative ended mid-sentence and picked up the narrative from... Read morePublished 23 months ago by George K