Kathryn Hendley (Wisconsin): Who Are the Legal Nihilists in Russia? Bill Bowring (London): The Russian Language in Ukraine: Complicit in Genocide, or Victim of State-Building? Olga Kucherenko (St. John's): That’ll Teach’em to Love Their Motherland! Russian Youth Revisit the Battles of World War II. A review of Moscow, December 25, 1991: The Last Day of the Soviet Union by Conor O’Clery. From The Nation, Stephen Cohen on the Soviet Union's afterlife; and is the world really safer without the USSR? Mikhail Gorbachev wants to know. Gorbachev has turned 80, an occasion for us to reflect, not only about his contribution, but also about what happened to us after he left the Kremlin. From VQR, if a dirty bomb attack ever occurs, the radiological material is apt to come from the land of Chernobyl; the Soviets detonated hundreds of bombs in Kazakhstan in preparation for a nuclear war that never came; Jason Motlagh on surviving the Soviet hangover in Belarus, the former USSR's last dictatorship; and a generation ago, a Soviet dam drained the Aral Sea — can a new dam reclaim it? A review of Mafia State: How One Reporter Became an Enemy of the Brutal New Russia by Luke Harding. The End of Putin: Alexey Navalny on why the Russian protest movement will win.

A new issue of Semantics and Pragmatics is out. From Lo Squaderno, a special issue on Transit/Transience. From Psychology and Society, Kiril Maslov (Tallinn): The Self and the Body: Thinking Dialogically About Disability. From NYRB, can we have a democratic election? Elizabeth Drew wonders. An interview with Nick Maniatis, founder of the pre-eminent David Foster Wallace website, The Howling Fantods. Democracy and the human heart: Paul Berman on Vaclav Havel, 1936-2011. From The Common Review, an enlivening heritage: A review essay on the work of Robert Coles. Mark Leon Goldberg on why it should be no surprise that Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine endorsed Rick Santorum. From Federal Times, an article on three awesome government jobs you have probably never heard of; and a roundup of some of the more exotic items being sold by federal agencies (and part 2). "I'm the victim": The think tank set up by Bjorn Lomborg will close in July unless new sources of income can be found. Joe Mathews on how everyone hates the Think Long Jedi Council — which is why it’s a worthy proposal. A look at 5 historic sex scandals that put Bill Clinton to shame.

From the latest issue of State of Nature, a special section on crime and punishment. Anthony J. Nocella (Hamline): An Overview of the History and Theory of Transformative Justice. Michael S. Pardo (Alabama) and Dennis Patterson (EUI): Neuroscience, Normativity, and Retributivism. Michael M. O'Hear (Marquette): Solving the Good Time Puzzle: Why Following the Rules Should Get You Out of Prison Early. How many innocent people are in prison? The exact number is unknown — but may be 20,000 or more. Free Willy: Should prison inmates have the right to masturbate? A statistics professor says he can predict crime before it occurs. Dangerous Jails: Do deputy gangs inside the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department have a free pass to rampage? Across the world, crime is down and in a big way — are violent movies to thank for less real blood and gore? A review of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander. The Exile Nation Project is a documentary archive of interviews and testimonies from criminal offenders, family members, and experts revealing the far-ranging consequences of the War on Drugs to the American criminal justice system.