Tag Archives: EU

Twitter Poll on #Brexit

Brexit

To be honest, I was surprised by the results of the referendum. I thought the overall vote would be slightly in favour of staying in the EU. So how do you feel about these results? I’ve created a Twitter poll, so please vote here: Continue reading Twitter Poll on #Brexit

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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Deconstrucracy, or Imaginary Fall of the Imaginary West

Russia & the West.

Pt. I: Deconstrucracy, or Imaginary Fall of the Imaginary West.

Giuseppe Arcimboldo - Autumn, 1573, oil on canvas, Muse du Louvre, Paris.
Giuseppe Arcimboldo – Autumn, 1573, oil on canvas, Muse du Louvre, Paris.

Russia & the West.

Pt. II: Crussialism, or the Eternal Fall.

Russia & the West.

Pt. II: Crussialism, or the Eternal Fall.

With the Syrian migrant crisis and Russia’s airstrikes against the IS all over the news, I would like to sum up the main viewpoints on the recent state of the collective West, which are popular in the ‘core’ Western countries and in Russia. These viewpoints are shown in relation to the migrant crisis but are not limited to it: Continue reading Deconstrucracy, or Imaginary Fall of the Imaginary West

Fyodor Dostoyevsky “My Paradox” (Extract)

Fyodor Dostoyevsky in 1863.
Fyodor Dostoyevsky in 1863.

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? Oh, of course this view will change someday; someday Europe will better be able to make us out and realize what we are like; and it is certainly worth discussing this someday; but meanwhile a somewhat irrelevant question or side issue has occured to me and I have recently been busy to solve it. No one may agree with me, yet I think that I am right – in part, maybe, but right. Continue reading Fyodor Dostoyevsky “My Paradox” (Extract)

Worldview of a Xenopatriot

Worldview of a Xenopatriot

I’ve just found a picture [this is my edit of Patriot’s version below] illustrating the views expressed on this blog: the West and Russia are the ideal Other for each other. It’s a mirror thing: be it ‘Russian reversals‘, ‘whataboutism‘ or ‘Russian/Western propaganda‘, etc.

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Fyodor #Dostoyevsky on the #Slavic Question

Fyodor Dostoyevsky‘s Diary (1877, November).

Portrait of Fyodor Dostoyevsky by Vasily Perov, 1872.
Portrait of Fyodor Dostoyevsky by Vasily Perov, 1872.
Some Quite Special Remarks about the Slavs That I Intended to Make Long Ago.

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