#EsotericRussialism


Esoteric Russialism

This blog is 4 years old. It’s time to reflect on some of the main ideas, which I’ve come up with over the years.

I like neologisms and inventing new words because they are stripped from any previous meanings and history, and so are valuable due to their conceptual purity. That’s why I abandoned the terms like Russian stereotypes or Russophobia. Everybody seems to employ them loosely, so any particular meaning becomes vague like an image on a old coin. Terms over time and excessive usage tend to turn almost into a parody of their former self. Continue reading “#EsotericRussialism”

‘No True Russian’ Feeds the Penguin


Russia & the West.

Pt. V: ‘No True Russian’ Feeds the Penguin.

Feed the Penguin

Person A: "No Russian feeds the Penguin."
Person B: "But my uncle Andrey feeds the Penguin all the time."
Person A: "Ah yes, but no true Russian feeds the Penguin."

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After the Penguin ad controversy, I thought of a very famous (in Russia) quote from another oustanding Russian – Alexander Pushkin. In his 1826 letter to Pyotr Vyazemsky he wrote:
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Russia & the West: Vodka vs Caviar, or the Eternal Opposition?


Russia & the West.

Pt. IV: Vodka vs Caviar, or the Eternal Opposition?

§1. Vodkaviar.

Pubama Obutin © RussianUniverse.org, 2016.

Again a tussle with Europe (oh, it’s not a war yet: they say that we – Russia, that is – are still a long way from war). Again the endless Eastern Question is in the news; and again in Europe they are looking mistrustfully at Russia…. Yet why we should go running to seek Europe’s trust? Did Europe ever trust the Russians? Can she ever trust us and stop seeing us as her enemy? …

Fyodor Dostoyevsky, A Writer’s Diary, My Paradox, 1876.

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The West in Russia is more than just the ‘West’.

Captain Obviov,  Lost Letters & Memoirs, 1989-2009.

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…Let me quote Romano Prodi once again: “Russia and the EU are united like vodka and caviar“. He tried to modify an English proverb – ‘like whiskey and soda’. But my Russian friends told me that vodka and caviar are not always perceived integrally in Russia. Perhaps, I will advise him to say like vodka and herring next time.

Richard Wright (Head of the European Commission mission to the Russian Federation), Evropa (journal of the European Union), №6(29), June, 2003, p. 2.

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