All posts by Ben Dalton

One of a few Americans to voluntarily exile himself to Siberia, Ben Dalton was raised in Pennsylvania, from which he derived his love for crumbling industrial infrastructure. He lives in Brooklyn but is eyeing Jersey. He studied international relations at Brown University and worked in communications for the International Crisis Group and World Learning. His work has appeared in The Diplomat, CNN, The Christian Science Monitor, and New Eurasia. Reach him at ben@nyta.us.

Russian protests matter—but don’t expect a revolution

Putin takes them seriously. We should, too.

/ April 12, 2017

Review: Everyone loses in the battle for the post-Soviet sphere

Blunders, bloviation and brinksmanship have once again turned Russia into the West’s bête noire.

/ April 3, 2017

Russia’s usable past

Benjamin Nathans’ new book will reexamine the Soviet dissident movement.

/ February 28, 2017

Alexander Dugin is not Rasputin: he’s another tool in the Kremlin toolbox

Vladimir Putin exploits the Russian far-right, not the other way around.

/ February 17, 2017
Photo by Evgeniy Isaev, licensed under CC BY.

From one-man pickets to flashmobs, Russian protesters get creative

Research presented Tuesday at Columbia reveals patterns of dissent in Putin’s Russia.

/ February 10, 2017

Crony capitalism? How about crony socialism?

Reagan didn’t bring down the USSR, Chris Miller says. Bureaucrats did.

/ February 2, 2017