Articles by Sarah E. Mendelson

Coming to Terms With the Soviet Past

Recently, Russia commemorated the victims of political repression, including tens of millions of innocent Soviet citizens arrested, brutalized, sent to labor camps or executed under Stalin. Until recently, the Oct. 30 date has passed with scant notice outside small groups of dedicated human rights activists.

The End of the Post-Soviet Era

The dream that many inside and outside Russia had since the Soviet collapse -- to see Russia integrated with the West -- was crushed long before Russian tanks rolled into Georgia.

Russia's Future Is Still Up for Grabs

This past spring, in the May/June issue of Foreign Affairs magazine, Richard Pipes of Harvard University drew on public opinion data to argue that Russians don't want democracy.