As we approach the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Soviet Union, a pivotal question is whether Russia has drawn lessons from the communist past. Hudson Senior Fellow, David Satter, in his new book, __It Was a Long Time Ago and It Never Happened Anyway: Russia and the Communist Past __(Yale), attempts to answer this question. He presents a striking new interpretation of Russia’s historical tragedy, locating its source in Russia’s disregard for the value of the individual compared to the goals of the state.
“David Satter points to the utter failure of contemporary Russia to confront its own bloody legacy of terror,” says author Francis Fukuyama.
David Satter, Awaiting the Next Revolution in Russia, May 10, 2012