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Not that long ago it was reported that the leadership of the Communist Party in St. Petersburg intended to sue the Rossiya television channel, as well as the producers of the colorized version of Seventeen Moments of Spring. According to Sergey Milinkovich, chairman of the organization’s central committee, “the lawsuit will point out the rights of TV viewers whose rights will have been violated by having to watch a corrupted version of the original black and white.” It is well known that the Communists of St. Petersburg are famous for their extravagant initiatives. At one time, they suggested bestowing the title of Hero of...

08.05.2009
Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

The events of 1917 are often seen in Russia in quite simplistic terms, often as some sort of lesson about the ills of democracy. “Complete freedom” was granted in Russia, and just look what happened as a result. There is no dispute that the October Revolution and the Civil War that followed were to a certain degree the consequences of weakness and mistakes made by the new democratic government, although other mistakes, like the liquidation of the police, were undoubtedly a consequence of liberal convictions. But at the same time such an approach, as usual, ignores the most important objective factors that led events precisely in...

20.04.2009
Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

In a recent online poll devoted to important figures in Russian history, Alexander Nevsky took first place. As one critic pointed out, however, a large number of those voting knew about the prince only from Eisenstein’s film. Many of the votes, therefore, were not informed so much by knowledge of a real historical figure as by the brilliant role played by Nikolai Cherkasov. Pyotr Stolypin, who garnered 524,575 votes and came in second, might be considered the true winner. There is no disputing the fact that Stolypin was Imperial Russia’s greatest prime minister. Unfortunately, the personality rating of this distinguished...

14.04.2009
Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

The Russian diaspora in western Europe is diverse and has large communities in France, Germany and Britain. There are also small communities, such as those in Luxembourg. The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is a small, quiet state in the very center of Europe. The word “Luxembourg” means “little castle” or “fortress.” This is how the capital city’s fortifications, which were carved out of stone, were called. In Europe it became known as the “Gibraltar of the North.” Despite its inaccessibility, Luxembourg, located on the path of many conquerors, repeatedly changed ownership, falling under the...

09.04.2009
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Diaspora

March 29 marked 200th anniversary of Finland’s incorporation into the Russian Empire. To say that this event is something of great concern to Russians these days might be a bit of a stretch, and although the event might not seem that important, what is important is that the anniversary provides an opportunity to reflect on the futility of colonialism and the eternal (and sometimes unpredictable) nature of international relations. Right now it is difficult to imagine that less than a hundred years ago Finland was part of Russia. More precisely, while it is well known as an historical fact (I can’t vouch for what young people know,...

02.04.2009
Rubric: Articles
Subject: History

There was a brief period in the history of the journal Ogonek when its publisher was Leonid Bershidsky, a well-known journalist who had achieved success in a number of formats. Bershidsky tried to reform Ogonek, reorienting it toward a younger and more successful readership (while the attempt was successful, it is not really possible to speak of the result: a few months after the reforms began, the journal’s investor changed his mind and brought back the previous editor-in-chief, Viktor Loshak). Among the many innovations that rapidly died out, it is worth remembering one in particular – a series of comics called Push&Go in...

02.04.2009
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Общество

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