‘Russia’ Category

  1. Flying stones

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    June 10, 2017 by AK

    This 1989 painting (the one on the left, Falling Stones I) by Nikolai Vechtomov (1923-2007) resembles an older work of his, from the 1960s, shown at the Thaw exhibition that ended in Moscow yesterday. Unfortunately, I cannot find the earlier work online, bust it’s probably oil on canvas and has “stone(s)” in the title. Both paintings make …
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  2. Kiefer and Khlebnikov

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    June 6, 2017 by AK

    From the website of the Hermitage museum, St. Petersburg: In 2016, Anselm Kiefer, inspired by his visit to St. Petersburg, created a new exhibition project specially for the Hermitage Museum. It is in the triadic space of the colossal Nikolaevsky Hall of the Winter Palace that Kiefer chose to display around 30 new works dedicated …
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  3. The first snowfall of June

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    June 3, 2017 by AK

    Searching YouTube and Google images for snow in Moscow “June 2” (in Russian) and the Russian #weathergonemad tag on Instagram should turn up enough results to give one an idea of yesterday’s snowfall in Central Russia. A chance event is not a valid argument against a theory based on long-term trends and averages. The fact …
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  4. “Freak winds” in Moscow

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    May 29, 2017 by AK

    Storm warnings were duly issued, but no one expected the hurricane to inflict so much damage in so little time. The BBC reports: At least 11 people died when a severe thunderstorm hit the Russian capital Moscow, health officials say. Hundreds of trees were toppled by the storm, and more than 50 people sought medical …
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  5. AI: breaking news

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    May 26, 2017 by AK

    As Interfax reports from Moscow, the Russian cabinet’s representative in the Duma has asked the chairman of its legislative committee if MPs could be replaced by robots: “I am very much interested in your view on this. I’ve been to a lecture on artificial intelligence, and apologists for this theory are saying that soon, within five-ten years, …
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  6. Poets as players 2

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    May 24, 2017 by AK

    More from Khodasevich’s 1924 memoir on Bryusov quoted in the previous post. Card players inadvertently reveal their deeper selves to discerning eyes: I have played cards a lot in my day; I have seen many players, both occasional and professional. I believe that at the card table, one can learn a great deal about people – at any …
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  7. Poets as players

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    May 21, 2017 by AK

    Language Hat has a post on the card game played by Grandma Lausch and her Hungarian friend Mr. Kreindl in The Adventures of Augie March by Saul Bellow. It’s called klabyash in the book while clobyosh seems to be the more common spelling, and the present-day Russian names for similar games are deberts, klabor, and belot. …
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  8. The contagion of example

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    May 16, 2017 by AK

    Denys Krasnikov reports in KyivPost: Ukraine will block access to the Russian websites VKontakte, Yandex and Odnoklassniki — all hugely popular in the country — under new sanctions measures. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko signed a decree on May 16 blocking access to the websites… it’s probably worth noting that VKontakte and Odnoklassniki are social network …
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  9. “Nothing I saw at Magadan… suggested slave labor.”

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    May 15, 2017 by AK

    Henry Wallace was a man of great talent and achievement. As a politician, however, was susceptible to selective blindness or conscience-soothing self-delusion. In May 1944, he visited the camps of the Kolyma basin – the vast, permafrost-covered northeasternmost island of the Gulag Arkhipelago. The title of Robert Conquest’s 1978 book, Kolyma: The Arctic Death Camps, is …
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  10. Macrón

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    May 12, 2017 by AK

    The name of the praetorian prefect Macro, who (according to Tacitus and Cassius Dio) was driven to suicide by Caligula in 38 AD, is rendered as Macron in French. Thus, it fully coincides with the name of the new president of the French republic. This -n pattern also applies to Polish and Russian, which apparently …
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