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    Alexander Dolitsky

    The writer was raised in the former Soviet Union before settling in the U.S. in 1978. He moved to Juneau in 1986 where he has taught Russian studies at the University of Alaska, Southeast. He is now director of the Alaska-Siberia Research Center and has published extensively in the fields of anthropology, history, archaeology, and ethnography.
    27 Posts

    Beware of activists who manipulate history for ulterior motives

    Today, many radical school teachers believe themselves to be teaching the “truthful” history of the world, including American history. They aggressively and unwisely inject...

    We make our choices, and our choices make us

    Sophie's Choice is a 1982 British film written and directed by Alan J. Pakula. It stars Meryl Streep and Peter MacNicol, and was honored with...

    Russia expanded into Siberia and Alaska seeking wealth, new hunting grounds

    Russia, Alaska’s nearest neighbor, is the largest country on Earth. It occupies a considerable portion of Eurasia, including almost all natural-extratropical climatic belts. Russia...

    Assimilation to American culture is critical and difficult for immigrants

    On Jan. 9, 2020, I was a presenter at the Juneau–Gastineau Rotary Club, speaking on “Several sanctioned avenues for immigration to the United States.”...

    Soviets brainwashed citizens using majority opinion and mass media propaganda

    Communist propaganda in the Soviet Union was based on Marxist–Leninist ideology in order to advocate for the Communist Party agenda. This propaganda was one of many tactics the Soviet...

    Effective communication in America requires a commitment to understanding other cultures

    Cross-cultural communication requires a knowledge of how culturally different people groups communicate with each other. The study of other languages helps us understand what people...

    Our education crisis is more social than academic

    Education and knowledge translate into power. Education does not parallel economics or politics, but is the soul of society, and more fundamental than these...

    A historic look at the benefits and dangers of nationalism in Alaska, the U.S. and the world

    History teaches that nations cane be like people. While having many things in common, each is unique. As with people, a nation’s behavior is...

    Anti-Semitism in Russia and its reemergence among American leftists

    Anti-Semitism is a hostility toward or discrimination against Jews as a religious or racial group.  The term anti-Semitism was coined in 1879 by the German agitator Wilhelm...

    Opinions on Critical Race Theory & white privilege from Alaska and the world

    I want to share my correspondence from various people around the world who expressed their feelings, voices and beliefs about the concept of “white...

    Melting Pot vs. Multiculturalism: What really causes cultural dysfunction in America today?

    The charges of white privilege,  systemic racism and critical race theories are tearing our country apart and far from a reality. As a result,...

    Alaskan recounts tale of Jewish emigration from the Soviet Union

    When the Soviet Union allowed a number of Soviet Jews to emigrate after the 1967 Six-Day War in the Middle East, expectations of freer Jewish...

    As a Russian immigrant, I learned a difficult but critical lesson about America’s flag

    Down through history people have used rock drawings, language, a smile or handshake, music, songs, legends, national flags and national anthems to communicate ideas,...

    Recalling how the Cold War and Duke Ellington impacted the Soviet Union

    The post-war history of Soviet–American relations, seen from an American perspective, can be summarized as a series of Cold War cycles. The first cycle...

    Schools should instill an appreciation of history, facts and the role of beauty

    Today, our schools, and society at large, should be discussing essential social concepts that provide a background, foundation and historic context of the landscape...

    Alaska-Siberia Air Route heroes played a key role in World War II

    “The structure of world peace cannot be the work of one man, or one party, or one nation … it must be a peace...

    Russian immigrant recalls first days in America: ‘How lucky I am to be here’

    There are decisive episodes, dreams, words, scenes, facial expressions, meetings, smell and other physical and spiritual phenomenon that are deeply recorded in our memory....

    How isolated minorities preserve religious identity amid dominant secular societies

    Ethnic minorities, religious refugees and other groups segregated by a dominant society have developed and implemented strategies and tactics intended to protect their national...

    How Russian Old Believers keep the faith in modern Alaska

    Profoundly religious, the Russian people were shaken to their core by the Russian Orthodox Church liturgical reforms introduced by Patriarch Nikon (1666–1667) who, under...

    Recalling Soviet intimidation at my U.S. encounter with Vladimir Vysotsky

    I first arrived in America Feb. 1, 1978. An agent of the Immigration and Naturalization Services greeted me at the John F. Kennedy Airport...

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