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In recent days, there has been a considerable amount of discourse on the issue of who won and how many people were killed as a result of the war in South Ossetia. The discussion smacks of cynicism. A huge tragedy has occurred – for the Ossetians, Georgians and Russians. Thousands have been killed. It seems that the impossible has happened – war between two fraternal nations. What exactly happened? The problem of South Ossetia I personally encountered the situation in South Ossetia back in 1990 while I was working in President Mikhail Gorbachev’s administration. The Ossetians are a divided people, with most of them living in...

21.08.2008
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Politics

“Neither vocation, nor confession, nor the blood of forefathers makes a person belong to a people… He who thinks in a language belongs to its people...” Vladimir Dal From the editor: In the town of Lugansk, a small museum is devoted to the life and work of Vladimir Dal. In a sense, this museum is a reminder that the Russian world also consists of these half-forgotten corners and that its historical and cultural map is also made up of such inconspicuous details. Finding them and taking inventory, so to speak, is a job in itself. At the end of the 18th century in a small village on the shores of the small Luhan creek in the...

21.08.2008
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Culture

On August 9, the Soviet offensive began in the Far East – the last major land operation of World War II. Our troops’ plunge to the Pacific Ocean was the beginning of the end, not only for the great Japanese empire, but also for one of the largest Russian centers abroad at the time. Most emigrants living in Manchuria welcomed the advancing Soviet troops and provided them all possible assistance. That was the case with both those living in big cities as well as in small towns. When hostilities began, the Soviet Consul General in Harbin established community defense brigades that numbered 3,000 people, 240 of which were Soviet...

14.08.2008
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Diaspora

The Russian world abroad is often referred to as “Russia outside of Russia.” At the same time, most researchers and the journalists who follow them, assuming it is possible to talk about a Russian diaspora, apply the term only to the first and second waves or generations of emigrants. Although it might seem otherwise at first glance, in this case there is no contradiction. A diaspora is not only a certain ethnic and demographic community, but above all it is a model of worldly behavior and a unified system of values. “A diaspora is distinctive cultural community built on the basis of a common understanding of the...

06.08.2008
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Diaspora

Alexander Solzhenitsyn has passed away. In the obituaries of truly eminent people, there is often the desire to limit one’s words to a single phrase. It seems as if so much is already so clear and that the rest is too difficult to explain within the confines of a single article. Of course, we can recall the writer's biography, the books he wrote, the awards, the articles both old and new, the speeches and the interviews. But these are hardly anything that needs explaining. Part of Solzhenitsyn’s creative legacy, of course, is that he will go down as one of Russia’s greatest writers, although he has arguably entered the top...

04.08.2008
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Culture

The fact that the 1,020th anniversary of the baptism of Russia would differ fundamentally from the 1,000th could have been predicted long before the date itself. All the realities that existed in 1988 – state, political and ideological – have since disappeared, which, of course, requires us to rethink the colossal events that took place more than a thousand years ago. This is natural. Colossal events do not lend themselves to a single interpretation that can stand once and for all. It is always possible to draw attention to other aspects of any given event, or to consequences. Something that could be taken for granted 20 years...

03.08.2008
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Общество

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