Robin Ashenden

Robin Ashenden is former editor and founder of the Central and East European London Review.

Red Letter Day

How an unknown teacher from Leningrad took on Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev—and ultimately won.

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Robin Ashenden
12 min read

Lydia and the Vlads

An Estonian’s changing relationship with Russia.

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Robin Ashenden
11 min read

Boris Beheaded

From restoration to regicide.

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Robin Ashenden
8 min read

Has Olivia Manning’s ‘Fortunes of War’ Finally Found Its Moment?

The Ukrainian war has made Manning’s writing more relevant now than at any time since it was written.

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Robin Ashenden
11 min read

Interview with Slavenka Drakulić—the East-West Doyenne of the 1990s

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Robin Ashenden
12 min read

The Enduring Relevance of Czesław Miłosz’s ‘The Captive Mind’

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Robin Ashenden
10 min read

Under the Frog: Why Tibor Fischer’s 1992 Booker-Nominated Novel May Have Found its Moment

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Robin Ashenden
10 min read

Bernard Rose's Forgotten Tolstoy Trilogy

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Robin Ashenden
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