1. That time Russians explored the world via flotilla Yelena Furman, Los Angeles Review of Books
  2. The origins of globalisation can be found in the deep past Daniel Lord Smail, History Today
  3. What it’s like to be a lawyer for the New York Times Preet Bharara, New York Times
  4. Capitalists, not socialists, pose the greatest threat to capitalism Randall Holcombe, the Hill


  1. Can there be peace in Afghanistan? Shreyas Deshmukh, Pragati
  2. Competition among states wasn’t sufficient for religious liberty Johnson & Koyama, Cato Unbound
  3. Transnational queenship Michelle Beer, JHIBlog
  4. Russia the Terrible Timothy Crimmins, Modern Age

Afternoon Tea: Last Supper (1903)

From the Russian painter Ilya Repin:

nol art repin last supper 1903
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This is a bit different than the traditional “last supper” paintings we are used to, at least here in the States.

Afternoon Tea: Tramps. Homeless. (1894)

From the estimable Russian artist Ilya Repin:

nol art repin tramps homeless 1894
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If anybody knows where this is displayed today, please let me know either by email or simply in the ‘comments’ section.

Afternoon Tea: Portrait of pianist and professor of Saint Petersburg Conservatory Sophie Menter (1887)

From Ilya Repin, a painter from the Russian Empire:

nol art repin sophie menter 1887
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Afternoon Tea: The Self Immolation of Gogol (1909)

This is by the Russian painter Ilya Repin:

nol art repin the self immolation of gogol 1909
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Nikolai Gogol, a famous Russian author, went mad in his 40s and burned the manuscript for the second part of Dead Souls, a classic novel about Russian life in the 19th century.