Reflections on the Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets

Death is often painfully difficult to come to terms with, explain to others in words despite it being a part of what people have discussed of for thousands of years. When it comes to capturing the essentialities of this difficult topic, authors of biographies and artists are probably more widely known in handling these sensitive issues than scholars. Continue reading “Reflections on the Secondhand Time: The Last of the Soviets”

Russian Funeral Business Goes Digital

By Oleg Reut

Reforming the funeral business in Russia

In February State Duma deputies intend to submit a bill on the funeral business in Russia and make funerals a public service, Vedomosti business daily reports. In the Soviet era, the state was responsible for all funerals, but this mortuary monopoly was abolished after the USSR’s collapse.

bird's eye view of the cemetary in Petrozavodsk
Сemetery in Petrozavodsk. October 2020. Photo by Andrew Cilikov.

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