Russian month delayed until further notice (and several events of my life in the last few weeks)

Ladies and gentlemen (and those finding it difficult to decide)

It aches me to inform you that, as you may have discovered from the title, ‘Russian month is now delayed until further notice’. I am just cosmically sorry about this fact. It’s mainly my fault – one shouldn’t promise the few people paying attention to the things one does to produce a mature (or, at least, a more or less interesting) piece of information every two days and then breaking the promise in a very impolite way. But I hope to get away with it by blaming you lot as well, because one having enough courage to promise the few people paying attention to the things one does producing a mature (or, at least, a more or less interesting) piece of information every two days definitely hopes the aforementioned few to respond in any way. Continue reading

Franky-Show – intelligently mad entertainment for all the family

yes, it’s less than one and a half day left to make 7 (s e v e n !) posts, and I’m finally here. I am aware of that. and I’m sorry (a bit).


Franky-Show (Фрэнки-Шоу (pronounced in the same way, but written in Cyrillic letters) in its native language, which is Russian) is a radio quiz broadcasted on Silver Rain Radio from February, 18, 2004 to January, 30, 2011. And it’s honestly one of the best things I have witnessed in my life. In spite of the number of episodes of it already listened to, I (and many others) just can’t help being hypnotised by how original and truly brilliant it is every now and again. Continue reading

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Sergey Shnurov about patriotism

I don’t like a lot about this country because I’m a true patriot. Those who like it in here must be fucking German spies.

Don’t think less of me (or us), but the man’s got a point. Quite poorly proven, maybe, but he’s got it. p.s.: Sergey Shnurov and his band Leningrad are rather popular and loved in Russia, despite the lyrics often celebrate of alcoholism and other unpleasant ways of living, and include a lot – and I mean A LOT – of swearing.

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Soviet Oddity: David Bowie travelling through the USSR by train

There is a legend that long, long ago, in the spring of 1973 AD, not long after coming to our mortal and pathetic planet from glorious and colourful space of other universes, Ziggy Stardust – the alien, the lunatic, the religion – decided that a general image of this world isn’t complex enough, and that it is his godly duty to spread the word on the other side of the iron curtain. Continue reading

Top Several Things About Everything Russian

I honestly think Russia is utterly unique, and so are the people of this country. And that’s not because of patriotic feelings (not entirely, at least). The biggest country on this planet which was the first to send its beloved son to the outer space, yet not the most powerful or wealthy one and quite famous for a strong alcoholic drink as a part of national cuisine, Russia is the only one of its kind. Continue reading

Russian month announced

Here I am again and I’ve got an announcement to make

Since I’ve got nothing to do at the moment and haven’t told you yet about how I spent these winter holidays at home in Russia, and, besides, I particularly feel like there’s a lot of things you’re not aware of and I could tell you about, I hereby announce the Russian Month, or the Month of Russia, or the Russian Marathon, or the Orange Jam Penguin, or whatever you prefer. And that means that in the next month I will try to cover as many realms of history, culture, people, and modern life of Russia, which is my native country, as it will be possible. Continue reading