Lost in Translation: W-word, or What about #Whataboutism?


Olympic Rings Sochi

When in Rome, do as the Romans do.

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I’ve said it earlier that Russia is the ideal Other for the West and vice versa. Hence, if there is Russian whataboutism why there can’t be an American/Western one? Continue reading “Lost in Translation: W-word, or What about #Whataboutism?”

Russian Stereotypes: Western perception of Russia as seen through Russian’s eyes. Part I.


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Viktor Vasnetsov – Flying Carpet, 1880.

                                                                                  Foreword.

First of all it should be mentioned that speaking about ‘the West’ and ‘Russia’ as monolithic entities is itself a stereotyping practice. It is appropriate here because using these general concepts one can perfectly show/see the genesis and evolution of these stereotypes without going too deep into interesting but distracting details. The author doesn’t claim ‘objectivity’: the post represents my own views which were formed as a result of my continuing study of the so-called ‘Western discourse of Russia’.  The latter itself is not a homogeneous entity but rather a mixture of various Western concepts and political narratives applied to the complex discursive construct called  ‘Russia’.

As it was stated in a post titled “How We See Russia” quoting Daniel Treisman, a scholar on Russia, there are two main methods of writing about Russia in the West: Continue reading “Russian Stereotypes: Western perception of Russia as seen through Russian’s eyes. Part I.”