Boris Kagarlitsky

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Boris Yulyevich Kagarlitsky
Boris Kagarlitzky, Russian politician, 2 March 2013 1.JPG
Kagarlitsky in 2013
Born (1958-08-29) 29 August 1958 (age 64)
Alma materState Institute of Theatrical Art (GITIS)
Moscow State Social University
EraContemporary philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
Russian philosophy
World-systems theory[2]
Main interests
Philosophy, sociology, labour, history, class struggle

Boris Yulyevich Kagarlitsky (Russian: Бори́с Ю́льевич Кагарли́цкий; born 29 August 1958) is a Russian Marxist theoretician and sociologist who has been a political dissident in the Soviet Union. He is coordinator of the Transnational Institute Global Crisis project and Director of the Institute of Globalization and Social Movements (IGSO) in Moscow. Kagarlisky hosts a YouTube channel Rabkor, associated with his online newspaper of the same name and with IGSO.

Political activities[edit]

In the 1970s, he studied theatre criticism at the State Institute of Theatrical Art (GITIS), before being expelled for dissident activities in 1980. His editorship of the samizdat journal Levy Povorot (Left Turn) from 1978 to 1982, and contributions to the samizdat journal Varianty (Variants) during the same period, led to his arrest for 'anti-Soviet' activities in 1982. He was pardoned and released in 1983.

In 1988 he published his book, The Thinking Reed: Intellectuals and the Soviet State From 1917 to the Present, which won the Deutscher Memorial Prize .

In 1988, after the rise of Mikhail Gorbachev and perestroika, he was permitted to resume his studies at the GITIS, graduating in the same year, and became coordinator of the Moscow People's Front [ru]. In 1990, he was elected to the Moscow City Soviet and to the Executive of the Socialist Party (USSR) [ru]. He co-founded the Party of Labour (Russia) [ru] in October 1992. In October 1993, the former Soviet dissident was arrested, with two other members of his party, for his opposition to President Boris Yeltsin during the September—October constitutional crisis, but was released the next day after international protests. Later that year, his job and the Moscow City Soviet were abolished under Yeltsin's new constitution. The events and his experiences during this momentous period are documented in his book, Square Wheels: How Russian Democracy Got Derailed.

Kagarlitsky is the director of Institute of Globalisation Studies and Social Movements (IGSO)[3] and editor in chief of Levaya Politika (Left Politics) quarterly in Moscow.

He was criticized by Mikhail Vasilyevich Popov.[4]

Academic career[edit]

From 1994 to 2002, he was a senior research fellow at the Institute for Comparative Political Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences (ISPRAN). He was awarded his Doctorate degree for his thesis, Collective Actions and Labour Policies in Russia in the 90s, in 1995, and has taught political science at Moscow State University, the Moscow School for Social and Economic Sciences, and the Institute of Sociology of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Books in English[edit]

  • Thinking Reed: The Intellectuals and the Soviet State 1917 to the Present, Verso Books, 1989, ISBN 0860919617
  • The Dialectic of Change, Verso Books, 1990, ISBN 0860919617
  • Farewell Perestroika: A Soviet Chronicle, Verso Books, 1990, ISBN 0860912922
  • The Disintegration of the Monolith, Verso Books, 1993, ISBN 0860915735
  • Square Wheels: How Russian Democracy Got Derailed, Monthly Review Press, 1994, ISBN 0853458928
  • Mirage of Modernization, Monthly Review Press, 1995, ISBN 0853459126
  • Restoration in Russia: Why Capitalism Failed, Verso Books, 1995, ISBN 1859849628
  • Globalization and Its Discontents: The Rise of Postmodern Socialisms, co-edited with Roger Burbach and Orlando Nunez, Pluto Press, 1997, ISBN 0745311709
  • New Realism, New Barbarism: Socialist Theory in the Era of Globalization, Pluto Press, 1999, ISBN 0745315569
  • The Return of Radicalism: Reshaping the Left Institutions, Pluto Press, 1999, ISBN 0745315917
  • The Twilight of Globalization: Property, State and Capitalism, Pluto Press, 2000, ISBN 074531581X
  • Russia Under Yeltsin and Putin: Neo-Liberal Autocracy, Pluto Press, 2002, ISBN 0745315070
  • The Politics of Empire: Globalisation in Crisis, co-edited with Alan Freeman, Pluto Press, 2004, ISBN 0745321836
  • Empire of the Periphery: Russia and the World System, Pluto Press, 2007, ISBN 074532682X
  • Back in the USSR (What Was Communism?), Seagull Books, 2009, ISBN 9781906497279
  • From Empires to Imperialism: The State and the Rise of Bourgeois Civilisation, Routledge, 2014, ISBN 9781138778856
  • Russia, Ukraine and Contemporary Imperialism, Routledge, 2019, ISBN 0367231085
  • Between Class and Discourse: Left Intellectuals in Defence of Capitalism, Routledge, 2020, ISBN 0367562707


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Preceded by Deutscher Memorial Prize
Succeeded by