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Left-Wing Dissidents Were the Link between the Pre-Soviet Socialist Tradition and the Post-Soviet One

Ilya Budraitskis, interviewed by Taras Bilous, Roman Huba, and Michael Hauser

Contradictions: A Journal for Critical Thought V, no. 2 (2021): 139–155

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Keywords: Soviet Russia, post-Soviet history, left-wing dissident, theory, reform movement

This interview with Ilyia Budraitskis touches on the keystones of his book Dissidents among Dissidents: Ideology, Politics and the Left in Post-Soviet Russia (Verso, 2022). Ilyia Budraitskis presents the turning points in the development of the left dissident movement in the Soviet Union, the various streams and faces of the left in post-Soviet Russia, and their understanding of new issues such as the “color revolutions.” The original interview, published in the Ukrainian journal Commons, was completed with questions from the Czechoslovak perspective.

Translated by Yuliia Kulish

doi: 10.46957/con.2021.2.8

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