Category history

History of the Truth

Pravda means (the) Truth. The best name one could come up with for the voice of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union. I like those multiple genitives. Initially, though, Pravda was a minor, half-legal opposition…

Stalin and John Wayne

Whether or not Stalin ordered John Wayne killed, it is well known that the Great Leader was a big fan of Hollywood movies. As an anecdote goes, he once asked a certain Jewish Soviet composer of popular music whether his…

[Little Odessa]

Vitali Vitaliev on Brighton Beach, or “Little Odessa”. I haven’t been to Brighton Beach myself; as I see it from afar, it is a Soviet neighborhood in New York City that speaks Russian with a slight provincial Jewish accent. Most…

[K-19]

I turned on the TV tonight and the first thing that caught my eye was a Russian atomic missile-carrying submarine getting scrapped. It turned out to be K-19, the one in that movie with Harrison Ford and Liam Neeson. A…

[Guy Sorman]

A while ago, Cinderella Bloggerfeller quoted approvingly a certain French author, Guy Sorman (Professor at Paris University, Institute of Political Sciences, teaching Economics and Political Philosophy, since 1970; founder, chief editor of L’Esprit libre, a libertarian monthly magazine, from 1995…

Vodka is a vitamin

Russians tend to believe, tongue-in-cheekly, that vodka is a remedy against a multitude of health hazards, from a sore throat to radiation. Try half a glass of Stolichnaya with black pepper and you’ll see. (No, I’m not paid to promote…

“Chelsea Set for Takeover”

Chelsea Set for Takeover: a Russian billionaire buys a leading English soccer club. Roman Abramovich, an influential Russian magnate controlling, among others, the oil company Sibneft (and about to become a major shareholder in a combined Yukos/Sibneft group), pays about…

“Being allowed”

J. of Silver Rights quotes a poem by Langston Hughes before getting down to the latest Michigan riots. I first read it fifteen years ago, but it’s only having reread it in J.’s entrly, I finally appreciated it. What I…

Paging Sancta Hypocrisis

I went to a birthday dinner party at an upscale Moscow restaurant last night. Most guests were rich by Russian standards; some were rich by any measure. A few seats from me, there sat one bearded gentleman in his late…

The Old Women

From the Russian daily Kommersant: …The director “ascertained the reality of a ‘gentle Moslem occupation’ exemplified by the co-existence in a faraway Kostroma village of a few lonely old women and a family of Uzbek refugees with their numerous children.…

[Slavery and Serfdom]

Concerning the West Indies, I can tell you in short that it is flooded with Negros, bondspeople of Europeans, who produce sugar, coffee, rum and other produce of warm climates, for their masters. The condition of these slaves (esclaves) is…