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Caroline Ridler

Languages and Literature, University of Nottingham

Thesis title:

Viktor Tsoi, Leningrad rock poetry and the cultural politics of glasnost

Research Area

  • Languages and Literature


  • Review of The Culture of Samizdat: Literature and Underground Networks in the Late Soviet Union, by Josephine von Zitzewitz, Journal of Languages, Texts, and Society, vol. 5, 2021, pp. 1-6 [online], https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/research/groups/languagestextssociety/documents/lts-journal/issue-5/book-review-caroline-ridler-the-culture-of-samizdat-literature-and-underground-networks-in-the-late-soviet-union.pdf


  •  Colloquium of East(-Central) European History, Bremen University, 17th December 2019.
    Paper title: Viktor Tsoi, the 'last hero' [poslednii geroi] of the Soviet rock underground: rock music's transitions from cultural underground to foreground during glasnost.

  •  "Russian Culture After 2010: Symposium" as part of the 'New Russias' festival, University of Manchester, 7th February 2020. 
    Paper title: Viktor Tsoi in Russia Today.

  • SSEES Biennial Postgradiate Student Conference, University College London, 19-20th February 2020.
    Paper title: Viktor Tsoi, iskrennost', and nostalgia for the perestroika era.

Public Engagement & Impact

  • Film introduction of Leto as part of KinoKlassika's MELODIA! season of Russian/Soviet musicals at the Broadway Cinema, Nottingham, 26th January 2020.
  • Interview for BBC News about the role of the song Peremen by Kino in the Belarusian protests, 21 August 2020: https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-53846403
  • Appearance on Times Radio Breakfast speaking about the song Peremen by Kino, 23 August 2020.
  • Podcast episode for Russophiles Unite! Movie Podcast discussing the film Leto, 22 November 2020: https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/russophiles-unite-movie-podcas-594862/episodes/leto-kirill-serebrennikov-2018-79607044
  • Blog post for KinoKlassika's streaming service Klassiki, 'The Kino Eye Blog', about the film The Needle by Rachid Nugmanov, 19 March 2021 https://klassiki.online/caroline-ridler-on-the-needle/.

Other Research Interests

  • Popular music studies;
  • Soviet youth cultures;
  • Subcultures and marginality;
  • Cultural politics of the Soviet Union 1985-1991.


BASEES (British Association for Slavonic & East European Studies).
ASEEES (The Association for Slavic, East European, & Eurasian Studies).

Previous degrees

  • MSt Modern Languages (Russian and French), University of Oxford, Distinction, 2019.
  • BA (Hons) Modern Languages (with Year Abroad) (Russian and French), Durham University, 1st class honours, 2018.

Prizes and awards

  • Archibald Jackson Prize, Somerville College, Oxford, 2019.
  • Distinction in Spoken French, Durham University, 2018.