The “Circle of Light” Festival in Ostankino

"Circle of Light" Festival at the All-Russian Exhibition CenterThese are the photos and videos from the 4th Circle of Light International Festival which took place in many locations of Moscow. The ones presented here were taken at the All-Russian Exhibition Center (aka VDNKh) and near Ostankino pond. Continue reading

Quasi-Colonial Wet Dreams: The #PussyRiot Effect, TV Screen Russians & Orientalization

Russian Stereotypes: Western Perception of Russia as seen through Russian’s eyes. Part III.

Ivan Bilibin Vasilisa the Beautiful at the Hut of Baba Yaga
Ivan Bilibin – Vasilisa the Beautiful at the Hut of Baba Yaga, 1899.

Through the Looking Glass: Western Media Coverage of Russia. Part 2.


Challenge, and not desire, lies at the heart of seduction. …

Take provocation, for instance, which is the opposite and the caricature of seduction. It says: “I know that you want to be seduced, and I will seduce you.” Nothing could be worse than betraying this secret rule. Nothing could be less seductive than a provocative smile or inciteful behaviour, since both presuppose that one cannot be seduced naturally and that one needs to be blackmailed into it, or through a declaration of intent: “Let me seduce you”. Jean Baudrillard “The Ecstasy of Communication”.



This post focuses not on ‘Pussy Riot’ itself but on a certain phenomenon which in case (no pun intended) of Pussy Riot was vividly revealed and will be discussed here as a typical example of contemporary Western view of Russia promoted via media and popular culture. On a side note: the author did not support jail sentence of the PR members (in my opinion two weeks of community service would have been more than enough for them). Unfortunately, it was the PR’s jail sentence which was the best PR for PR (pun intended) and made the brand globally recognized as well as helped to solidify the worst pre-existing Western stereotypes about Russia (see: self-fulfilling prophecy and confirmation bias). Continue reading

Lokhness as Destiny, or Destination Loch Ness

Conspiracy Theories & Captain Obviov’s Razor

Loch Ness

This post was co-written with Captain Obviov aka Zmey Gorynych aka Captain Gorynych aka Zmey Obviov. [Zmey Gorynych's heads were blown off during a KGB experiment which went wrong. The head of mortally wounded Captain Obviov was transplanted onto Gorynych's neck least affected by explosion.] Continue reading

#Poll: #Russia is a Part of…

Nicholas Roerich - Slavs on the Dnieper, 1905.
Nicholas Roerich – Slavs on the Dnieper, 1905.

Understanding Russia with native Russian speaker


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