Publications by Paul A. Goble

Prof. Paul Goble discusses Soviet anti-religious efforts

Publication Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2013

In a conclusion with obvious implications for the current situation not only for the Russian Orthodox but also for other faiths, a Moscow commentator argues that the Soviets were unable to destroy popular Christianity by killing priests but succeeded in doing so after they had established a loyal and dependent Orthodox hierarchy.  {read more}

Prof. Paul Goble discusses Tajik-Russian tensions

Publication Date: Thursday, May 2, 2013

Infuriated by what the Tajik government sees as increasing Russian mistreatment of Tajik gastarbeiters in major Russian cities, the embassy of Tajikistan in Moscow has set up a special staff to provide assistance both to new arrivals at airports and railroad stations and to those who have encountered difficulties with life in the Russian Federation.  {read more}

Prof. Paul Goble writes about Russians leaving the Orthodox Church

Publication Date: Thursday, April 18, 2013

There are now more than 15,000 Protestant congregations in the Russian Federation, according to a Moscow expert, a figure that surpasses the total of Russian Orthodox parishes and reflects in part Russian flight from the latter because of growing anger about the policies of the Moscow Patriarchate and the approach of  many of its priests.  {read more}

Putin’s Commitment to ‘Stability above Everything’ Promises Anything But, Moscow Experts Say

Publication Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2013

A report by the Inter-Regional Association of Young Political Scientists notes that Vladimir Putin has changed his language to reflect is "commitment to stability above everything else," a conclusion that one Moscow commentator suggests fails to capture just how dangerous Putin's position is for Russia as a whole.  {read more}

Window on Eurasia: "What will become of us when the oil runs out?" northern people deputy asks

Publication Date: Thursday, March 28, 2013

Because Vladimir Putin has made oil and gas and their export the foundation of the Russian economy, many in Moscow and abroad have speculated on what will happen to Russia as a whole when that country's reserves run out. But a representative of a small reindeer-herding people of the Russian North is asking the same question.  {read more}

Window on Eurasia: Moscow Wants Ukraine to Break with West

Publication Date: Monday, March 25, 2013

Even as Europe and the United States encourage the countries between Russia and the West to adopt a "both/and" approach to relations with the two, Moscow has signaled that these countries must make an "either/or" choice and is demanding that Ukraine break with the West as the price of good relations with the Russian Federation.  {read more}

Window on Eurasia: When the Russian State Won’t Help, Muslim Groups Do

Publication Date: Monday, June 20, 2005

Muslim organizations in the Russian Federation are providing significant assistance to some of the most disadvantaged segments of that country’s population – Muslim and non-Muslim alike – now that the Russian government has shown itself to be either unwilling or unable to offer such help.  {read more}

Window on Eurasia: 5,000-Place Mosque Opens in Chechnya

Publication Date: Tuesday, June 14, 2005

The Muslims of Chechnya today marked the opening of their new central mosque, an enormous structure with five minarets capable of accommodating up to 5,000 worshippers at a time and a building that many of those who took part in the celebration hope marks the beginning of the restoration of traditional Chechen Islam.  {read more}

Window on Eurasia: Russians Divided on Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact

Publication Date: Monday, June 13, 2005

Russians remain almost equally divided on whether the Soviet Union should have signed the 1939 Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact with Nazi Germany, an agreement that most historians argue opened the way for the start of World War II in Europe.   {read more}

Window on Eurasia: Putin Seen Promoting 'Society of Citizens' Against 'Civil Society'

Publication Date: Monday, June 13, 2005

President Vladimir Putin is promoting “a society of citizens” who enjoy a variety of rights and freedoms against “a civil society” organized in ways that allow groups of citizens to put pressure on the Russian state, according to one Moscow commentator.  {read more}

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