Tag Archives: Russian Stereotypes

#Dostoyevsky Is the Limit?!

Between Russianness & Dostoyevskiness

Dostoyevskiness © Sergey Armeyskov, 2014.

Oh, dostoyevskiness of a flowing cloud!

Oh, pushkinities of mellow noon!

Night looks like Tyutchev,

Filling boundless with supernal.

Velimir Khlebnikov, 1908-1909.


Apparently, Fyodor Dostoyevsky became a symbol, an archetype of a Russian writer, along with Lev Tolstoy (‘Tolstoyevsky’). Simpified image of Dostoyevsky’s Russia (or Dostoyevskian Russia) became a part of popular culture both in the West and in Russia. Continue reading

Image of a Typical Russian Man in Western Popular Culture (Gallery)

Russian Stereotypes: Image of a Typical Russian Man in Western Popular Culture
Russian Stereotypes: Image of a Typical Russian Man in Western Popular Culture

All photos taken and edited by the author. 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

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

Posts on Russian Stereotypes translated into Romanian

Old klyukvification ad with a bear

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:

The first post in Russian stereotypes series is available in Romanian: Stereotipuri despre Rusia. Percepţia Occidentului despre Rusia analizată de un rus (episodul 1). Later it was also published on the Vocea Rusiei website.

The second post: Kliukvificarea: reprezentarea Rusiei şi a ruşilor în cultura populară. Percepţia Rusiei de către Occident analizată de un rus (2).

The third post (part 1): Privirea în oglindă: mediile occidentale despre Rusia.

Russia & the West: Magic Mirror on the Wall, Who is the Fairest One of All? (Poll)

Russia West Mutual Stereotypes Russophobia vs Westernophobia
Russian & Western Mutual Stereotypes: Russophobia vs Westernophobia

Russia as the Ideal Other for the West

Russia West Mirrors

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son,
the jaws that bite and claws that scratch
Beware the jubjub bird
and shun the frumious bandersnatch.

Lewis Carroll, “Jabberwocky”.

It is no use to blame the looking glass if your face is awry.

Nikolai Gogol, “The Inspector General”.

Russia is the ideal Other for the West (and vice versa). It is rather obvious to me yet often overlooked by various Russia watchers and experts. The reason behind this phenomenon is not only ‘bias’ or ‘propaganda’. Continue reading