‘Diafilm’ (filmstrip) from 1960. Sorry, Yuri! Continue reading “Nyet Future: 2017 as Seen in 1960”
In the world where art turned into advertising, ads became art
I remember I used to watch the ‘Imperial’ bank (1990-1999) ads on Russian TV in the 90s. The bank is now as dead as Julius Caesar (RIP) but the ads remain. Here are the ones with English subtitles. Actually there’s more of them. Enjoy! Continue reading “The Art of Ad: Russia’s ‘Imperial’ Bank Ads”
Russia & the West.
Pt. VII: The Retrospective Foresight Saga (The Eternal Return of Russia Analysis)
A simple study of names and dates will prove that between the policy of Ivan III and that of modern Russia there exists not similarity, but sameness. […] At length Peter the Great coupled the political craft of the Mongol slave with the proud aspiration of the Mongol master to whom Genghis Khan had, by will, bequeathed his conquest of the earth.
Karl Marx, Revelations on the Diplomatic History of the Eighteenth Century (1857).
When I first went to Russia it was in 1991, I caught the last couple of months of the Soviet Union before it came crumbling down, and I was in Moscow during the coup against Mikhail Gorbachev, or the coup attempts, I should say, when there was this great optimism right after, that Russia would soon join the international community and would be sharing in Western prosperity, and so on and so forth. And it became quickly evident, in fact, it was evident already before then that the Soviet Union didn’t entirely crumble and leave a ruin on which to build a new shining capitalist democratic society but it still had many structures in place and many behaviors that continued. Nevertheless, I think it could have fundamentally changed, it was fundamentally changing in some ways in the 1990s, that is, I don’t believe Russia’s faded to remain a corrupt authoritarian country.
Gregory Feifer on Putin’s Russia (2015).
Of course, confrontation can’t last forever. When Russia emerges from its current course in the coming years or decades, it will be nearly as shell-shocked as after the Soviet collapse in 1991. The people will be confronted with the same massive task of reforming not merely the economy and government but also some of their cherished attitudes and thoughts. For now, however, they will no doubt dismiss the suspicion that will naturally fall on Russian Olympic medals in Rio, failing to see just what the Russian revelations have exposed about their country’s real place in the world.
Gregory Feifer, Russian Envy (2016).
The concept of Russia’s eternal sameness appears in a plethora of Western Russia narratives. By this ‘sameness’ I mean the continuity of Russia’s identical essence during all (or at least several) historical periods and forms of Russian statehood.
Let’s play a game: guess (without googling) which [country] this quote is referring to as well as the political standpoint of the author – (far-)left or (far-)right. You can also try to attribute the quote. Good luck! Continue reading “If the Horseshoe Fits, Wear It!”