Alexander Pushkin – To the Slanderers of Russia (1831)

Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin

Pushkin's Farewell to the Sea by Ivan Aivazovsky and Ilya Repin (1877)
Ivan Aivazovsky and Ilya Repin – Pushkin’s Farewell to the Sea (1877)


Why rave ye, babblers, so — ye lords of popular wonder?
Why such anathemas ‘gainst Russia do you thunder?
What moves your idle rage? Is’t Poland’s fallen pride?
‘T is but Slavonic kin among themselves contending,
An ancient household strife, oft judged but still unending,
A question which, be sure, you never can decide. Continue reading

Stealth Russians, or the Western Media Blind Spot

(Introduction to my post in the #RussianStereotypes series)

Western master discourse of Russia in one collage
Western master discourse of Russia in one collage

Look at that! That is a complete f*cking fraud, and it looks 100% real. This is the greatest work I’ve ever done in my life – because it’s so honest. Wag the Dog.


Less than two weeks ago I was writing a post on Russian stereotypes in my phone lying on the beach in Sudak, Crimea (btw a post with photos from my vacation to come). A man behind me who happened to be a refugee from Donbass was telling his story to another man (there are many refugees in Crimea). Continue reading

#RussianProverb: The Job is Afraid of a Good Worker

Street art in Saint Petersburg (from Pushkin's poem "Ruslan & Lyudmila")
Street art in Saint Petersburg (from Pushkin’s poem “Ruslan & Lyudmila”)

Дело мастера боится (délo mástera boítsya).

Literally: the job is afraid of a good worker.

English equivalent: he works best who knows his trade; as the workman so is the work; master has it.

Understanding Russia with native Russian speaker


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