Born and educated in Montreal, Quebec, Raymond Taras received his postgraduate degrees at universities in Europe in the 1970s and began publishing scholarly books in the 1980s. He has authored or edited over twenty books: on the collapse of the USSR, Russia's identity in international relations, the rise of liberal and illiberal nationalisms, the internationalization of ethnic conflicts, the dangers of xenophobia, the critique of multiculturalism, the impact of fear on European foreign policy, and the makings of nationhood.

Ray has served on the faculty of universities in North America and Europe including Harvard, Stanford, Michigan, the European University Institute, Malmö, Warsaw, and Sussex. In 2019 he is Fulbright Distinguished Chair at Australian National University in Canberra. Since 1984 he has taught at Tulane University in New Orleans, but he spends part of each year in Salt Lake City. His personal interests include world literature and cinema, skating, skiing, running, tennis, and border collies.


             "Girl in football jersey" (1932) is from Alexander Samokhvalov's paintings of Soviet Russia.

I visited the exhibition of his works at the Russian Museum, St.-Petersburg, in January 2015; 
                             Russian Museum

"The reunion"
by Gely Mikhailovich Korzhev (1925-2012) was part of the exhibition "Exploring the Legacy of WWII in Russian Art" that showed in London in early 2015; see