Klyukva State of Mind


Bear Scare
Bear Scare

…Actually, klyukva transcends just ‘stereotypes’. I can write a series of posts, a book, a series of books devoted to different klyukva varieties. But it’s ‘deeper than that’. Continue reading “Klyukva State of Mind”

The Horns Effect & the Western Grand Narrative of #Russia


The Judge, Satan Superceded
The Judge, Satan Superceded.

The biggest Western conspiracy is that the 'Western propaganda' itself is the most effective anti-Western propaganda possible (Captain Obviov).

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Russian Universe Presents: Voices from Around the Globe


Eyes

During the two-year life span of the Russian Universe blog, I’ve been receiving interesting comments from my readers. So I’ve decided to create a category where I can post selected views from around the globe. I’ll elaborate on some of the topics raised below in a separate post.

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‘Pro-Russian’ as a Negative Marker


Moscow Kremlin

Pro-Russian‘ is not a ‘neutral’ term. It is a negative marker in the (current) Western master discourse of Russia. It’s an ‘evil twin‘ of a positive marker, i.e. ‘pro-Western‘. The root of the word ‘pro-Russian’ (‘Russia’) is itself a logoepisteme 

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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)”