Russophilia & Russophobia: Between Scylla & Charybdis

Russophilia & Russophobia
Russophilia & Russophobia

Caution! If you are a Russophile or a Russophobe (or anything in between including crypto-Russophiles and latent Russophobes) this post may cause severe cases of Russophilophilia, Russophobophobia, Russophilophobia, Russophobophilia, etc (separately or any combinations of the above).

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Inside the Saint Isaac’s Cathedral (Pt. 1)

Saint Isaac's Cathedral (1818-1858).
Saint Isaac’s Cathedral (1818-1858).

Some photos which I took inside the Saint Isaac’s Cathedral on my latest trip to Saint Petersburg. It’s even more beautiful when you see it in reality.

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Monument to Alexander Suvorov (1801)

Monument to Alexander Suvorov by Mikhail Kozlovsky in Saint Petersburg

Monument to Alexander Suvorov (1730-1800) in Saint Petersburg by Mikhail Kozlovsky. Caption says: Prince of Italy, Count Suvorov of Rymnik, 1801.

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Klyukva State of Mind

Bear Scare
Bear Scare

…Actually, klyukva transcends just ‘stereotypes’. I can write a series of posts, a book, a series of books devoted to different klyukva varieties. But it’s ‘deeper than that’. Continue reading Klyukva State of Mind

Post-world: The Meaning of the End of Meaning

Post-world (Vacuum of Meaning), 2015.
Post-world (Vacuum of Meaning), 2015.

[Part 1]

Classic postmodernism cheered the end of metanarratives and started recycling the cultural heritage of previous epochs. In a post-postmodern world (post-world) the recycling of what has already been recycled is going on. Continue reading Post-world: The Meaning of the End of Meaning

We All Live In a Mellow Saccharine Submarine

Heroine Dreams of Poppy Knight Mares
“Heroine Dreams of Poppy Knight Mares”, 2015.
Saccharin is an artificial sweetener with effectively no food energy which is about 300–400 times as sweet as sucrose or table sugar, but has a bitter or metallic aftertaste, especially at high concentrations. It is used to sweeten products such as drinks, candies, cookies, medicines, and toothpaste. Saccharin derives its name from the word "saccharine", meaning "sugary". The word saccharine is used metaphorically, often in a derogative sense, to describe something "unpleasantly over-polite" or "overly sweet" (Wikipedia).

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#RussianProverb: Do Not Saw Off the Branch You Are Sitting On

Alkonost (lubok), the end of the 18th c - beginning of the 19th c.
Alkonost (lubok), the end of the 18th c – beginning of the 19th c.

Не пили сук, на котором сидишь

(ne pilí suk, na kotórom sidísh).

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Understanding Russia with native Russian speaker

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