What Would Tolstoy Say About Russia and Ukraine?

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We’re putting the Crimea story through the filter of Russian poetry, literature and history. I’m calling on two Russian-born authors and scholars, Maxim Shrayer of Boston College, and Svetlana Boym of Harvard. What if we could summon the best Russian minds we’ve ever known – starting with the humanist Tolstoy, the Slavic nationalist Dostoevsky, the gentle Russian in the Crimea Anton Chekhov,  and the moderns Solzhenitsyn and Nabokov to fill in the back story of Russian annexation of Crimea?


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