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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Fire the Narrator: Quasi-Colonial Nightmare, Russian #DoubleConsciousness & Russocentric Optics


Russian Stereotypes: Western Perception of Russia as seen through Russian’s eyes. Part III.

Pavel Orinyansky - Illustration to Ruslan and Lyudmila by Alexander Pushkin.
Pavel Orinyansky – Illustration to Alexander Pushkin’s “Ruslan and Lyudmila”.

Through the Looking Glass: Western Media Coverage of Russia. Part 3. [Pt. 1, Pt. 2].

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