Islam in the Post-Soviet Space

Olga Breininger

Author: Olga Breininger-Umetayeva, Ph.D. candidate in Slavic and Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University. Her research interests include post-Soviet culture and geopolitics, with a special focus on Islam, nation-building, and energy politics. Olga is the author of the novel ‘There Was No Adderall in the Soviet Union’.

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June 11, 2016

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May 26, 2016

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