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You can listen to the BBC Radio 4 Archive Hour programmes ‘Stalin’s Silent People’ written and presented by Orlando Figes and first broadcast in October 2007. The programmes contain sound extracts of the interviews with English voice-overs. They are available in MP3 format.

Programme 1: The War against the Family

Programme 2: Freedom or Death


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Orlando Figes is Professor of History at Birkbeck College, University of London. Born in London in 1959, he graduated with a Double-Starred First from Cambridge University, where he was a Lecturer in History and Fellow of Trinity College from 1984 to 1999. He is the author of many books on Russian history, including A People’s Tragedy: The Russian Revolution, 1891-1924, which in 1997 received the Wolfson Prize, the NCR Book Award, the W.H. Smith Literary Award, the Longman/History Today Book Prize and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Natasha’s Dance: A Cultural History of Russia (2002) which was short-listed for the Samuel Johnson Prize and the Duff Cooper Prize; and The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin’s Russia (2007). His latest book is Just Send Me Word: A True Story of Love and Survival in the Gulag.