Russian Universe Presents: Voices from Around the Globe

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During the two-year life span of the Russian Universe blog, I’ve been receiving interesting comments from my readers. So I’ve decided to create a category where I can post selected views from around the globe. I’ll elaborate on some of the topics raised below in a separate post.

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‘Pro-Russian’ as a Negative Marker

Moscow Kremlin

Pro-Russian‘ is not a ‘neutral’ term. It is a negative marker in the (current) Western master discourse of Russia. It’s an ‘evil twin‘ of a positive marker, i.e. ‘pro-Western‘. The root of the word ‘pro-Russian’ (‘Russia’) is itself a logoepisteme 

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#RussianSaying: Morning Is Wiser than Evening

Ivan Bilibin – Fairy Forest at Sunset, 1906.
Ivan Bilibin – Fairy Forest at Sunset, 1906.

Утро вечера мудренее

(útro véchera mudrenéye).

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Fyodor Dostoyevsky “My Paradox” (Extract)

Fyodor Dostoyevsky in 1863.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky in 1863.

Again a tussle with Europe (oh, it’s not a war yet: they say that we – Russia, that is – are still a long way from war). Again the endless Eastern Question is in the news; and again in Europe they are looking mistrustfully at Russia. . . . Yet why we should go running to seek Europe’s trust? Did Europe ever trust the Russians? Can she ever trust us and stop seeing us as her enemy? Oh, of course this view will change someday; someday Europe will better be able to make us out and realize what we are like; and it is certainly worth discussing this someday; but meanwhile a somewhat irrelevant question or side issue has occured to me and I have recently been busy to solve it. No one may agree with me, yet I think that I am right – in part, maybe, but right. Continue reading Fyodor Dostoyevsky “My Paradox” (Extract)

Cosmonautics Day

Yuri Gagarin and the Monument to the Conquerors of Space behind him

Yuri Gagarin and the Monument to the Conquerors of Space (1964) behind him.

Happy Cosmonautics Day!

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Happy Orthodox Easter!

Holy Trinity #Church (1677–92) in #Ostankino. #Moscow #Russia #Easter

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Христос Воскресе!

Christ is Risen!

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Understanding Russia with native Russian speaker

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