“Pugovka”: A Film about the Battle to Reopen the European University

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This film by Ilya Utekhin, an ethnologist at the European University in Saint Petersburg, documents the closure of the university in February 2008 by fire inspectors and the vigorous, highly creative campaign on the part of students, faculty, and their supporters (at home and abroad) to reopen it. The university was in fact reopened on March 21, 2008.

In Russian, without English subtitles, but certainly worth a look even if you don’t understand Russian. Running time is 44 minutes. The title refers to a song by the great Russian bard singer Yuli Kim, which you will see him performing live at the end of the film.

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