Russo-Balt car that participated in the St Petersburg – Rome – St Petersburg motor rally (1910).

#RussianProverb: He Who Drives Forth, Draws Luck


Russo-Balt car that participated in the St Petersburg – Rome – St Petersburg motor rally (1910).
Russo-Balt car that participated in the St. Petersburg – Berlin – St. Gotthard – Rome – Naples –Berlin – St. Petersburg motor rally (1910).

Везёт тому, кто везёт*! (vezyót tomú, kto vezyót).

Lit.: he who drives forth, draws luck.

English equivalent: God helps those who help themselves.

Meaning: people who want to be successful in life should work hard and not give up.

Russo-Balt car that participated in the St. Petersburg – Sevastopol motor rally (1911).
Russo-Balt car that participated in the St. Petersburg – Sevastopol motor rally (1911).

*The Russian verb везти means to drive / carry and also to have luck / do well.

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Cargo Culture (Беляши vs The Belyashi)

Cargo Culture


Russia & the West.

Pt. XI: Cargo Culture.

Cargo Culture (Беляши vs The Belyashi)
Беляши vs The Belyashi

As you probably know, I’ve created a blog in Russian titled Armeyskov’s Squatterly Review. I will translate/adapt the most important posts in Russian and share them on this blog (and vice versa). You can find the Russian version here.

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It is obvious that there’s no direct analogue of klyukva in Russia regarding the West. Of course, there are certain stereotypes but they don’t constitute a holistic phenomenon (unlike klyukva) due to the fact that ‘the West’ itself is not a monolithic entity. So it’s pretty hard to come up with a set of stereotypical narratives besides the eternally recurring Fall of the West meme. [That has a double]. As previously mentioned, Russia and the West represent the Ideal Other for each other, mirroring the processes taking place in their opponent, yet in a distorted way. Continue reading “Cargo Culture”

The medium is a mess

The Medium Is a Mess


The medium is a mess
The medium is a mess

It’s time to have a break from social media and/or probably abandon the most vicious ones. Of course, autoposting will continue – and that’s it for now. I’ve never been into Мордо(р)книга, i.e. Facebook but I did enjoy Twatter Twitter. After we, Russians, elected Danila Trumpov aka Donald Trump, subverted every election one can possibly think of and pushed Western liberal democracies into a schizodelic Russomaniacal frenzy the mission is complete. It’s time to rest and spend sweet Putin’s money.

What do we have next?

Tumblr? You must be kidding!

Google+? See Tumblr.

Gab? Too autistic for me.

Minds? See Google+.

Pinterest? I shared pics from my blogs there.

Instagram? I use it from time to time to show pics of Russia that I take randomly.

Reddit? Better deaded than Reddit! See Minds.

I watch YouTube videos in English and Russian on politics and cultural topics, etc., but I don’t upload any content there.

VKontakte, which I liked at some point, is the most anti-free speech platform I can imagine – a VK landing page with an ‘inappropriate’ post can literally land you in jail. Facebook and Twitter still have a way to go in this regard. Big Brat never sleeps!

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So I have 3 main platforms that I’d like to focus on:

This blog: RussianUniverse.org

My blog in Russian: Armeyskov.com

My Telegram channel (also in Russian): t.me/cargoculturology

Lenin

Bolsheweak


Lenin

Today is the 100th anniversary of the October Revolution. Regardless of your political predilections, there’s no arguing about the significance of this event for Russian and world history alike. The striking disparity between its importance and the status of the anniversary in Russia is obvious: just an exhibition here, a procession there – and that’s it. An explanation of this quietness by the-authorities-want-to-suppress-the-celebration-of-muh-revolyutsiya is too lazy to debunk. If the memory and ideas of bolsheviks had any real popular support, no ‘cosmonauts’ (i.e. police in riot gear) would stop the masses from expressing their love for free commie stuff. Once there was a revolution… but there’s none now.

Yet, there are foreigners buying ‘Soviet’ badges, mugs and T-shirts along with matryoshkas and ushankas, and taking photos with a Lenin cosplayer for money.

Lenin is more alive than all the living! Lenin is a mushroom brand!

You can find the Russian version of this post here.

Follow my Telegram channel (in Russian): t.me/cargoculturology

I’ll Be Back!


As my 9 to 6 job turned into 9 [am] to 2 [am], I’ve decided to share some photos of Moscow to update the blog.

Я вернусь!

Continue reading “I’ll Be Back!”