Democracy in Russia, and the former Soviet republics of Central Asia, remains a relative term

Perhaps it can be put down to the presence of cameras (in Trilogy I) but that was one awkward meeting between Solzhenitsyn and Putin - the former later said he gained nothing from meeting various Russian presidents after his return to the country from Vermont. Whilst Putin is obviously one of those with whom he…

Capitalism enslaves society through freedom of choice

The incomparable literary leviathan Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn witnessed so much evil but never stopped believing in the human spirit. Has our freedom been earned just so the world can continue to promulgate crass, tawdry capitalism that ultimately never satisfies one's soul? Was, and in the present tense, total freedom an ideal that has been sacrificed on…