The Real #RussianAggression (Disturbing Imagery!) 18+

Russian bear caricature

I found a nice visualization of my posts on Russian stereotypes, klyukvification & Russophobia. Enjoy!

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Russia as the Ideal Other for the West

Russia West Mirrors

“Beware the Jabberwock, my son,
the jaws that bite and claws that scratch
Beware the jubjub bird
and shun the frumious bandersnatch.

Lewis Carroll, “Jabberwocky”.

It is no use to blame the looking glass if your face is awry.

Nikolai Gogol, “The Inspector General”.

Russia is the ideal Other for the West (and vice versa). It is rather obvious to me yet often overlooked by various Russia watchers and experts. The reason behind this phenomenon is not only ‘bias’ or ‘propaganda’. Continue reading “Russia as the Ideal Other for the West”

Who is Mr. Medved’? #RussianProverbs about Bear

Vinni Pukh aka Winnie-the-Pooh
Vinni Pukh aka Winnie-the-Pooh

This post is an introduction to the post I’m currently writing – on Russia’s archetypal image as a bear. Some of the facts seemed too specific and I decided to create a separate post dealing with medved’ (Russian word for bear) and proverbs related to this animal.
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