Wednesday, 4 March 2009

Red religion

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A couple of weeks ago I had the privilege of talking to the Russian philosopher Michail Ryklin. He's an incredible guy - he was a student of Derrida, has translated everyone from Adorno to Foucault into Russian, and has written books on Bahtktin, Dostoyevsky, and the scandal around the Caution:Religion! exhibition (which affected him very personally as you can read here). Michail's latest book is called Communism as Religion: The Intellecutals and the October Revolution. In it he looks at what drew thinkers like Bertrand Russell, Walter Benjamin and Arthur Koestler to communism and how they lost their faith. Read our exclusive interview here. Pay particular attention to what he says about the contemporary scene in Russia, as it echoes the sentiments expressed by historian Orlando Figes in today's Guardian about the 're-Stalinisation' of Russia.