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Laura Goering featured in NPR report

March 30, 2014

Professor Laura Goering is featured in a National Public Radio report (3/29/2014) on the modern-day legacy of Russian literature, calling the politics of Vladimir Putin "right out of a Russian novel." The report uncovers recurring motifs in Russian literature that help to put Russian President Vladimir Putin's actions and beliefs into perspective. Goering, professor of Russian and chair of Russian and German, says "Again and again in Russian literature...we see a claim to a kind of spiritual and moral exceptionalism that is fundamental to Putin's rhetoric. In the wake of the collapse of the Soviet Union, which Putin called the 'biggest geopolitical catastrophe of the century,' it is not surprising that he continues to draw on the myth of a Russia divinely foreordained to stand firm against the corrupting forces of the West."