Russo… Files


Masha and the Bear

I’ve received a comment on my post “Russophilia & Russophobia…“:

...I would just state that perhaps there is no such esoteric notion of a 'Russian Mystery' in the minds of many 'Russophiles' [sic! - S.A.] who are rather urged by a sense of moral duty where they see oppression. [...]

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Russophilia & Russophobia: Between Scylla & Charybdis


Russophilia & Russophobia
Russophilia & Russophobia

Caution! If you are a Russophile or a Russophobe (or anything in between including crypto-Russophiles and latent Russophobes) this post may cause severe cases of Russophilophilia, Russophobophobia, Russophilophobia, Russophobophilia, etc (separately or any combinations of the above).

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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.”