Balalaikization


I like listening to musicians in the Moscow metro after work. This time it was two guys playing the balalaika and guitar.

#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: they are valuable due to their conceptual purity. Hence, I abandoned terms like Russian Stereotypes or Russophobia. Many seem to employ such terms loosely, making any specific meaning vague; rather like an image on a old coin. Over time and excessive usage, many such terms tend to become a mere parody of their former intended meaning. Continue reading “#EsotericRussialism”

Post-ironic Neostalgia


'Guest from the Future' poster
‘Guest from the Future’ poster

 The phenomenon of Soviet nostalgia is effectively used in Western media and popular culture to position the Russians in a certain manner. This nostalgia mixed with self-orientalization by Russia’s useful idiots serves as a ferment for an easily digestible ‘analysis’. Obviously, Soviet nostalgia has little to do with the real historical Soviet Union and its society. It’s an idealized, ‘celestial’ version of it. Moreover, in order to be a part of this ostalgia one doesn’t have to be a socialist or communist. Continue reading “Post-ironic Neostalgia”

Kislyakophobia


joke is circulating in the Russosphere:

As Sergey Kislyak walks through the streets of Washington after work they get empty. He calls: “People! People, where are you?”. But silence is the answer.

#BorschtArt


The second day of the Great Lent. Feels good!

When modern art meets meatless borscht… 😎

#BorschtArt. #БорщАрт #BeetrootArt #SoupArt #Borscht #Borshch #Borsht #Borsch #Bortsch #Art

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