Velimir Khlebnikov ‘When Horses Die – They Breathe’

Velimir Khlebnikov
Velimir Khlebnikov
When horses die – they breathe,
When herbs die – they fade,
When suns die – they go dark,
When people die – they sing.
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Когда умирают кони — дышат,
Когда умирают травы — сохнут,
Когда умирают солнца — они гаснут,
Когда умирают люди — поют песни.
(1912)

The Sad News of #FakeNews

Time of Total Meltdown
Time of Total Meltdown

What actually surprises me in the Russian invasion meddling in the US elections conspiracy is that instead of aborting this intellectually lazy, gross and harmful arc (especially, after Trump’s victory), and analysing the reasons which led to this event, the reaction is to double down on the fakery: Continue reading The Sad News of #FakeNews

Exhibition of Ivan Aivazovsky

Ivan Aivazovsky - Manoeuvres of the Black Sea Fleet in 1849 (1886). Oil on canvas.
Ivan Aivazovsky – Manoeuvres of the Black Sea Fleet in 1849 (1886). Oil on canvas.

This Thursday I’ve finally visited the exhibition of Ivan Aivazovsky (1817-1900) in the Tretyakov Gallery devoted to the 200th anniversary of his birth. Continue reading Exhibition of Ivan Aivazovsky

Ooh look! I ‘ave… Ulyukayev

Ulyukayev
Aviasales.ru viral marketing ad: literally – One who was in time, didn’t sit down [to sit (down) here means ‘go to jail’]. [Tickets to] London, Munich, Riga, Milan, Prague from 75 euros. Caption says: When you didn’t have time to buy tickets to London.

The Telegraph:

Mr Ulyukayev, 60, is the highest-ranking Russian official to be arrested while in office since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 and the only serving minister since Lavrenty Beria, Stalin’s feared secret police chief, was detained and shot in a power struggle following the dictator’s death in 1953.

Officers from the Investigative Committee, the country’s top detective agency, and the Federal Security Service, the successor to the KGB, swooped on Mr Ulyukayev at 2:30 AM on Tuesday.

[…]

The judge placed Mr Ulyukayev under house arrest and ordered him to wear an electronic tag after officials from the Investigative Committee argued he was a flight risk.

Mr Putin dismissed Mr Ulyukayev in a decree published late on Tuesday, citing “loss of confidence”.

Earlier, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that Mr Putin had been informed about the case when the investigation was launched. “These are serious allegations,” Peskov said. “Only a court can deliver a verdict.”

Continue reading Ooh look! I ‘ave… Ulyukayev

Lev Termen Plays the Termenvox

Lev Termen plays termenvox
Lev Termen plays termenvox

Russian inventor Lev Termen (Léon Theremin) of French/German descent who in 1920 created termenvox (aka theremin) among other things, plays the instrument:

Continue reading Lev Termen Plays the Termenvox

Understanding Russia with a Russian

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