Russia’s Letter to the West: You Look Wonderful in That Iron Curtain Dress (Not Really)

Tent DressIt’s late in the evening; she’s wondering what clothes to wear.

She’ll put on her make-up and brushes her long blonde hair.

And then she asks me, “Do I look all right?”

And I say, “Yes, you look wonderful tonight.”

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#RussianFridays: Day 2. Big Bad Mother Masha (Fairy Tale).

Ivan Bilibin Illustration to The Tale of Golden Cockerel (1906)
Ivan Bilibin – Illustration to The Tale of Golden Cockerel (1906). Tsar Dadon meets the Queen of Shemakha.

The tale is a lie but there’s a hint in it, a lesson for fine lads.

Alexander Pushkin “The Tale of Golden Cockerel” (1835). Continue reading

My interview about the #MH17 tragedy on Life Elsewhere (Updated)

TV propagandaPlease feel free to tune in on Monday 28 July at 9:00 a.m. ET to hear me being interviewed by Norman B, the host of Life Elsewhere (WMNF 88.5 FM Tampa).

UPD. You can listen to the whole program here: Fact or Fiction.

P.S. I said ‘basically’ too much…

Russia & the West: Friends, Enemies or Frenemies? (Poll)

Russia and West Friends or Enemies

Post on Russian Stereotypes available in Romanian


As part of cooperation between ACS-RSS and Russian Universe I’m finally pleased to announce that my first post on Russian stereotypes in the West is now translated into Romanian by the founder of ACS-RSS Alexandru Mîţă:

Stereotipuri despre Rusia. Percepţia Occidentului despre Rusia analizată de un rus (episodul 1).

UPD. Later it was also published on the Vocea Rusei website.

House of Armeyskov: Grains of the History of My Family

Mikhail Vasilyevich Armeyskov
Mikhail Vasilyevich Armeyskov

My great grandfather (father’s side) Mikhail Vasilyevich Armeyskov was born circa 1890 in Novocherkassk. He learned at least 5 languages (English, French, Swedish, Danish & Norwegian) and graduated from the Sorbonne. Mikhail Vasilyevich identified himself as a Cossack. Continue reading

Understanding Russia with native Russian speaker


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