Vladislav Davidzon, the Chief Editor of The Odessa Review, is a Russian-American writer, translator, and critic. He was born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, and lives in Paris.
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An American Jew in Paris, Dispensing Wisdom

Pamela Druckerman’s new book is a (very French) guide to maturing gracefully

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In Memory of Isaiah Berlin

Why there should be a run on the philosopher’s books, on what would have been his 109th birthday today

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About That Assassination in Kiev…

Less than 24 hours after he was allegedly assassinated, Putin critic Arkadi Babchenko appears at a press conference to speak of a Ukrainian sting operation to catch his assailants

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Russian Journalist Critical of Putin Assassinated in Kiev

Arkady Babchenko was shot in the back while returning home from the grocery store

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Shlock vs. Shock at Harvey Weinstein’s Old Hunting Grounds: A Last Dispatch From Cannes

Godard gets stiffed. Ukrainian gets punched. Spike Lee’s KKK Disneyland. And more from the Croisette.

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Cannes Diary, Episode 2: Harvey Weinstein Is Gone. Lars von Trier Returns. Kurdish Women Fight Alongside Han Solo.

Israeli offerings at the celebrated film festival are lackluster, and even the oligarchs seem cowed in a glamour industry facing its reckoning

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Fake News From Cannes

Sergei Loznitsa’s dark, formalist ‘Donbass,’ set in the occupied eastern region of Ukraine, is a harrowing and sophisticated fictionalized account of the reach of Putin’s Russia

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In Ukraine, Speculations About the Manafort Investigation Continue

In the wake of an explosive New York Times article, new questions—and few answers—arise

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New BBC Report Sheds Light on Ukrainian Mafia’s London-Based Money Laundering

The allegedly dead “Don of Odessa,” Aleksandr Angert, is making headlines again

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In Paris, Tens of Thousands March to Honor Slain Holocaust Survivor

Including, sadly, Marine Le Pen, who was heckled by protestors and quit the rally shortly after her arrival

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Putin and the Jews? It’s Complicated.

The Russian president is a proven philo-Semite. He’s also not above using the Jews to take shots at political enemies.

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In Ukrainian Politics, It’s Fear, Loathing, and Chaos

A mafioso mayor, a former president, and the Russian Bear all contribute to the state’s political’s turmoil, but the people seem resilient in the face of uncertainty

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Prominent Russian Website Publishes Virulent Anti-Semitic Screed

Accusing the Jews of all of history’s ills, the essay is an alarming departure from Moscow’s past philo-Semitic positions

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In Russia, an Old Anti-Semitic Blood Libel Gains Political Traction

A bishop close to Putin claims Czar Nicholas II may have been killed in a ritual slaying, a century-old canard blaming the Jews for regicide

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Did Tony Podesta and Paul Manafort Know They Were Taking Dirty Money in Ukraine?

The Trump and Clinton campaigns both had ties to Russian political proxies

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Ukrainians Ask: Was Their Hero an Anti-Semite? And Should His Statue Be Removed?

Or is the whole thing just Vladimir Putin, trolling freely?

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Is the Odessa Mafia’s Angel of Death Actually Dead?

Ill and now missing from the scene, Alexandr Angert leaves a volatile power void in the Russo-Ukrainian underworld

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In Post-Soviet Ukraine, Victory Day Is a Matter of Interpretation

Protesters flock to numerous pro-Russia marches commemorating the Soviet Union’s victory over Nazi Germany

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Why Is Ukraine Investigating a 94-year-old Jewish Soviet Army Veteran?

The case of Boris Steckler, a war hero accused of killing a Nazi collaborator, is the latest salvo in the Ukrainian government’s memory wars

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Political Theorist Benjamin Barber Dies at 77

Barber’s prescient book ‘Jihad vs. McWorld’ put into perspective some of the forces that led to the attacks of 9/11

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Arnold Schoenberg’s Artistic Milieu on Display in Europe

Exhibitions in Paris and Vienna put the Jewish composer and painter’s creative and personal life in perspective

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The Ukrainian MP Who Leaked Paul Manafort’s Secrets Speaks to Tablet

Serhiy Leshchenko publicized documents allegedly revealing an effort by Trump’s former campaign manager to cover up payments he received from a pro-Russian political party in Ukraine

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On the Life and Death of Yevgeny Yevtushenko

The Russian dissident, whose ‘Babi Yar’ poem continues to captivate, has died at 83

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Statue of György Lukács in Budapest to Be Removed

The Marxist philosopher’s views do not apparently sync with those of Viktor Orbán’s Hungarian government

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Breaking Manafort Scandals Reveal the Rot at the Heart of the Trump Campaign; Russia Wins

Rival Ukrainian government factions also have their reasons for dropping dirt on the former campaign manager and consultant to the underbelly of world governance

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Ukrainian Politician Nadia Savchenko Questions ‘Jewish Yoke’ Over Country

The anti-Semitic remarks are a confounding addition to the legacy of a national heroine

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Bernard-Henri Lévy Premieres ‘Battle of Mosul’ Documentary in Iraq

In Erbil, Kurdish officials and high-ranking Peshmerga took in BHL’s latest doc about the fight for a city that rages on

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Kompromat vs. Maskirovka

Whether Putin has compromising material on Trump or not, he has already succeeded in compromising America’s political culture

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