Vatnik Reclaimed


Vatnik Incorporated
Vatnik Inc.

The “vatniks running Twitter.

Rejoice, aye, “Putin’s horde“!

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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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Join the Open Russophobes Club (#ORC) Today!


'Das heutige Europa' (Today's Europe). Published in Zurich by Caesar Schmidt [ca. 1875].
‘Das heutige Europa’ (Today’s Europe). Published in Zurich by Caesar Schmidt [ca. 1875].

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“Hello! My name is John Doe and I am a Russophobe.”

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Image of a Typical Russian Man in Western Popular Culture (Gallery)


Russian Stereotypes: Image of a Typical Russian Man in Western Popular Culture
Russian Stereotypes: Image of a Typical Russian Man in Western Popular Culture

All photos taken and edited by the author. Continue reading “Image of a Typical Russian Man in Western Popular Culture (Gallery)”

Quasi-Colonial Wet Dreams: The #PussyRiot Effect, TV Screen Russians & Orientalization


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

Ivan Bilibin Vasilisa the Beautiful at the Hut of Baba Yaga
Ivan Bilibin – Vasilisa the Beautiful at the Hut of Baba Yaga, 1899.

Through the Looking Glass: Western Media Coverage of Russia. Part 2.

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Challenge, and not desire, lies at the heart of seduction. …

Take provocation, for instance, which is the opposite and the caricature of seduction. It says: “I know that you want to be seduced, and I will seduce you.” Nothing could be worse than betraying this secret rule. Nothing could be less seductive than a provocative smile or inciteful behaviour, since both presuppose that one cannot be seduced naturally and that one needs to be blackmailed into it, or through a declaration of intent: “Let me seduce you”. Jean Baudrillard “The Ecstasy of Communication”.

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Foreword.

This post focuses not on ‘Pussy Riot’ itself but on a certain phenomenon which in case (no pun intended) of Pussy Riot was vividly revealed and will be discussed here as a typical example of contemporary Western view of Russia promoted via media and popular culture. On a side note: the author did not support jail sentence of the PR members (in my opinion two weeks of community service would have been more than enough for them). Unfortunately, it was the PR’s jail sentence which was the best PR for PR (pun intended) and made the brand globally recognized as well as helped to solidify the worst pre-existing Western stereotypes about Russia (see: self-fulfilling prophecy and confirmation bias). Continue reading “Quasi-Colonial Wet Dreams: The #PussyRiot Effect, TV Screen Russians & Orientalization”