Today is Fyodor Tyutchev‘s (1803-1873), one of the greatest Russian poets, 210th anniversary of birth.
I translated his poem “Опять стою я над Невой…” (Opyat’ stoyu ya nad Nevoy…), i.e. “Above the Neva river I stand again…”:
Yury Yakovlev (1928-2013), an extremely popular & talented Soviet & Russian actor, died today. Светлая память!*
*Svétlaya pámyat’ (literally: bright memory), i.e. blessed be his memory.
When English-speaking foreigners (as well as the ones speaking other languages using Latin script) study the Russian language or just think about it, their attention is often drawn to several ’peculiar’ Russian letters. One of them is the dotted letter Ё/ё (pronounced as ‘yo’). Continue reading
On my latest trip to Saint Petersburg I visited the Kunstkamera (again), the first Russian museum established by Peter the Great in 1718 (the construction continued until 1734). Of course, me & my friends took some photos inside the Kunstkamera. Here they are – enjoy the slide show.
At the exhibition’s entrance I found the statues of Cheburashka‘s and Leopold the Cat‘s (popular Russian fictional/cartoon characters) ‘ancestors’ – the guards of Kunstkamera. Evolution changed them indeed. Find 10 differences!
Collages by @armeyskov, 2013. Photos by @armeyskov & friends, 2013.
The images of Cheburashka & Leopold the Cat belong to their corresponding owners.
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In my previous posts on Russian stereotypes in the West (Part I, Part II) I mentioned Russophobia. But what is it, really? De Custine wrote the ‘Bible of Russophobes’, La Russie en 1839, but he wasn’t the first ‘prophet’. He just planted a seed in a fertile soil. As you know – you reap what you sow.
Thus, in my new series of posts I will study Russophobia in the West and Westernophobia in Russia as a part of identity and nation building, political ideology and sociocultural fear of the Other, etc. Stay tuned!
I found it in an ancient Russian manuscript called the Tale of Bygone Years aka the Primary Cronicle compiled at the beginning of the 12th century A.D. in Kiev by a monk Nestor the Chronicler… Actually, the chronicle is lost and the text we know is based on copies of the original source in other codices. Continue reading
It should be noted here that by ‘Western popular culture’ I mean mainly klyukvified* films which I see as a height of evolution of stereotypical Russian narrative in the West. This post doesn’t deconstruct the Russian stereotypes in Western (American) films in detail. There are too many of these films and it will take not a post but a book for me to cover only some of them. My aim is also to reveal generalized characteristics of Russian men’ images in the Western cinema. I’ll devote a separate post to the view of Russian women in the West.
The image of Russia in contemporary Western world is to a big degree shaped by the popular culture and is articulated in films, books, songs/music videos, ads and caricatures. Since the Cold War era (and earlier) cultural propaganda in the form of mass culture products helped to fix the image of Russia and Russians in the ways shown below. Continue reading