Staunton, May 16 – – At the end of Costa Garves’ classic 1969 film “Z” – Greek for “He lives” – about the suppression of an investigation by a Greek junta, the screen goes blank and then follows a list of things that the junta bans, including chewing gum, mini-skirts, Plato, and democracy. That now-distant […]
Would You Like Pelmeni with Your McShchi?
Staunton, April 30 – One of the more notorious if somewhat humorous aspects of high Stalinism was Moscow’s effort to claim that Russians invented baseball, the radio and other things that all too obviously came from abroad as part of a campaign to boost Soviet patriotism and undercut any positive feelings about the West. Now, […]
Russian Anti-Americanism Today Very Different and Much Worse than Soviet-Era Variant, Mirsky Says
Staunton, April 17 – Some see the rising tide of anti-Americanism and anti-Western attitudes in Russia as a recrudescence of the Cold War, but in fact, the attitudes that the Putin regime is promoting now are very different and much worse than those which his Soviet predecessors sponsored, according to Georgy Mirsky. In Soviet times, […]
Boycott? Think About the Boomerang of Destruction
Life is a wonderful thing. Once for a whole half hour I could not stop thinking about the best joke of recent times. It’s called “Our friends and (sort of) brothers looking for a trail of Russian products on their shelves.” No, really: a girl describes in detail of how, using barcodes, she was searching […]