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The question of what connected the late Michael Jackson with Russia or Russian culture might seem absurd to some, blasphemous or mocking to others. In recent times, Jackson has been remembered mainly because of all sorts of scandals of a sexual and financial nature. His image in recent years has become an ideal object for illustrating what we “don’t like in the figures of Western popular culture” when it comes to the promotion of national values. We won’t argue that this approach is unwarranted. Similarly, we won’t mention the ancient formula of “good or nothing at all” as it applies to public...

26.06.2009
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Общество

A recession (from the Latin rececessus) in economics (especially macroeconomics) is a term that signifies a relatively moderate decline in production or a slowing of economic growth. The fall in production is characterized by zero growth in GDP (stagnation) or in its fall over the course of more than six months – Wikipedia. A call from a relative living in the tiny town of North Adams, Massachusetts (located, as the Americans say, “in the middle of nowhere”), was, as always, unpleasantly sobering. “Well, how are you, my niece? How is business?” A long time ago I learned to answer very quickly, “fine, and...

11.06.2009
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Общество

It was twenty-five years ago to the day that Russian programmers changed the world. In June 1984, Alexey Pajitnov, with the help of Dmitry Pavlovsky and Vadim Gerasimov, created Tetris while working at the Dorodnicyn Computing Centre (Soviet Academy of Sciences). The very first version of the game can be downloaded at Gerasimov’s website (http://vadim.oversigma.com/Tetris.htm). After only one year, the game had taken Moscow by storm and in 1986, it appeared in the United States. The rest is, well, history. For the game’s development, Pajitnov received next to nothing in monetary compensation. It sounds strange to say that Tetris...

04.06.2009
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Общество

The death of Oleg Yankovsky is an event which, as strange as it might seem, is difficult to describe according to the rules that generally apply when famous performers pass away. His role in the arts and, most importantly, his place in modern life, do not fit into the now familiar pattern. Perhaps it was not apparent during the scenes of mourning on television or during the readings of the numerous obituaries. Oleg Yankovsky’s talent and the memorability of his many roles cannot be disputed. However, it is precisely this inability that presents the main difficulty. From what we know about Oleg Yankovsky’s life, there is perhaps...

22.05.2009
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Общество

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

Discussion: Do we need a law on the denigration of historical memory? Sergey Shoigu’s recent proposal to criminalize the distortion of history and the denial of the Soviet victory in the Great Patriotic War was apparently on the verge of acquiring the status of a legislative bill. Surprisingly, however, the core group of the United Russia party refused to support the initiative of one of the party’s most prominent representatives. The rejection was even more surprising given that the proposal had been supported in various forms by the head of United Russia, Boris Gryzlov, and even the Prosecutor General, Viktor Chaiko. It is...

30.03.2009
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Общество

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