Category Archives: Russian History

Tonya the Machine-Gun Girl

Dear Readers: Today I have something completely different for you.  This is a purely historical piece from the time of the Great Patriotic War.  World War II buffs may enjoy this.  But it is a troubling piece too, dealing with … Continue reading

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Natasha vs Matilda — New Russian Culture War – Part IV

Dear Readers: Today we finish this saga of Tsar Nikolai II’s warring mistresses.  On this side of the ring:  Nickie’s actual physical mistress, the prima ballerina Matilda Kschessinska.  On the other side:  Nickie’s spiritual mistress, Natalia Poklonskaya.  Of the two women … Continue reading

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Natasha vs Matilda — New Russian Culture War – Part III

Dear Readers: The first shot in this new Culture War was fired by ex-Crimean Prosecutie Natalia Poklonskaya.  Recall that Natasha, a regional Prosecutor under the former Ukrainian government, defected to Russia during the Maidan Revolution of 2014, and became a … Continue reading

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Natasha vs Matilda — New Russian Culture War – Part II

Dear Readers: Continuing our saga of the new Culture War in Russia, with calls to ban the film, “Matilda“, by director Alexei Efimovich Uchitel.   Release of the film to the broader public has been delayed a couple of times, but … Continue reading

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Natasha vs Matilda — New Russian Culture War – Part I

Dear Readers: In Russia the Culture War has resumed in earnest, this time over a film, which very few people have seen yet.  The film, of course, is “Matilda“, by director Alexei Efimovich Uchitel.  To add even more piquancy to … Continue reading

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Transnistrian President Talks To Ukrainian Reporters

Dear Readers: I have 5 interrelated posts from over the weekend, all with a Transnistrian theme.  Actually, they are all pretty much the same story, just quotes from a press conference with Transnistrian President Vadim Krasnoselsky.  And all the quotes … Continue reading

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Malorossiya Constitutional Act – English Translation – Part II

Dear Readers: Today, as promised, completing my translation of the Constitutional Act announcing the new state of Malorossiya.  Please recall:  A couple of days ago, Donetsk Peoples Republic (DPR) elected leader Alexander Zakharchenko announced a project to replace the current … Continue reading

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