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John Klier

John Klier teaches in the department of Hebrew and Jewish studies at University College London. He is the author of Russia gathers her Jews: The Origins of the Jewish Question in Russia, 1772-1825.

Russophobia

John Klier, 19 April 1990

Academician I.R. Shafarevich is a world-famous mathematician specialising in algebra and number theory, a member of the Royal Society and of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Andrei Sinyavsky may dismiss his ideas as ‘ridiculous’ and suggest that he has no significance except as a stalking-horse for the ideas of Solzhenitsyn, but the excitement generated by his musings on Russian society, and especially by his essay ‘Russophobia’ which appeared last year in Nash Sovremennik, would seem to indicate that many Russians respect his role as an ideologue of contemporary Russian nationalism.

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