To paraphrase contemporary Russian writer Viktor Pelevin, the International Russian Conspiracy does exist – the problem is that the majority of adult population of Western liberal democracies is a part of it. Continue reading The (EcoNo)Mist of War
The interesting thing about contemporary popular culture is that a copy is pretty often better than the original. That’s the case of the memetic rap/electronic hit song by a popular Russian rapper Pika titled ‘Party-maker’ (Патимейкер). This based bayan cover makes it just so much better! As the Russian saying goes, ‘makes a candy out of sh*t’ (i.e. makes something good out of something bad). Continue reading Party-maker (Bayan Cover)
Russia & the West.
Pt. IX: Some Parallels Between the US 2016 Presidential Election & Russian 1996 One
I’ve stumbled on a decent article summing up the way Hillary and Trump are seen from the Kremlin:
Meanwhile in Kovrov. Continue reading Kovrov
Russia & the West.
Pt. VIII: Problems with Contemporary Russian Westernizers
However, the mystery of the failure of all revolutions in Russia is a topic of a separate study. Today we will simply mark the fact that political evolution of the country did not take place.
Of course, one can do without a revolution but, alas, it is the revolution which gives an entrance ticket to the future. In addition, the revolution cleans up the country from the corrupt traditions and administrative dead thing. Such sediments are accumulated on any state’s framework, and Russia is a very severe case of that. Russia entered the 21st century without a single revolution in its history, its underlying mechanisms have never been updated: they keep on rumbling, generating lies, fear and war.
It is interesting to see how the Russian language appropriates and redefines foreign words. I’m not using the term ‘liberal(ism)’ here because in Russia it turned into a pejorative: partly due to the collective memory of Yeltsin & Co. shock and awe ‘Westernization’, partly due to the certain positioning in Russia’s MSM. Western discourse-mongers use such found-in-translation cases in their self-fulfilling prophecy holy propaganda war, painting ‘the Russians’ as barbaric hordes of inborn totalitarians. Thus, I prefer to stick to the good old ‘Westernizer‘ term (in Russian – zapadnik) that is much more neutral.