Posts Tagged ‘Pomerantsev’

  1. “It’s just the wasted years so close behind”

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    February 1, 2015 by AK

    In one of his bitterest poems, In Front of the Looking Glass, Vladislav Khodasevich wondered how he, once a young dancer at summer balls in Ostankino, near Moscow, had mutated into a critic whose every riposte induces “revulsion, animus and fear” in young émigré poets. Or perhaps “spite” or “malice” for the second term and “loathing” for …
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  2. Recommended reading on the new agitprop

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    December 2, 2014 by AK

    [PDF] The Menace of Unreality: How the Kremlin Weaponizes Information, Culture and Money by Peter Pomerantsev and Michael Weiss. It started with Pomerantsev’s piece in The Atlantic, I think. His LRB diary is also great.


  3. Better stories

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    September 12, 2014 by AK

    Peter Pomerantsev’s latest in The Atlantic is a great read. The author, a UK TV producer, knows what he’s talking about: he used to sell British TV shows to Russian channels, which rely heavily on these imports. I’ll limit myself to just two excerpts. During one Russian news broadcast, a woman related how Ukrainian nationalists …
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  4. Postmodernism, of a kind, in Crimea

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    March 2, 2014 by AK

    Consider the following: Sergei Aksyonov (Aksenov), a shady guy with a criminal background and the leader of a party with 4% of the vote in the latest regional election, was appointed “prime minister” of Crimea on Feb. 27. That day, a small group of paramilitaries in a generic uniform seized the Crimean parliament. They never introduced …
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