Category Archives: Russian Literature

Statue of Olena Teliha Desecrated at Babiy Yar

Dear Readers: Today I am doing something that I have not done before:  I am interrupting one of my multi-part stories for BREAKING NEWS!!!!  Namely, the statue of Olena Teliha at Babiy Yar got itself splattered with red paint.  This … Continue reading

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1937 – What is the connection between Stalin and Pushkin? – Part VI

Dear Readers: Today we conclude what turned out to be an epic and somewhat picaresque journey through the interesting connection between an aristocratic/anarchist poet (=Pushkin) who self-described as a “proponent of freedom”; and a political leader and statesman (=Stalin) who self-described … Continue reading

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1937 – What is the connection between Stalin and Pushkin? – Part V

Dear Readers: Today we continue reading this essay by publicist Vladimir Mozhegov.  I hope the discussion has provoked many thoughts.  We discussed the political backdrop:  the establishment and consolidation of the Soviet government and a new socialist way of life.  … Continue reading

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1937 – What is the connection between Stalin and Pushkin? – Part IV

Dear Readers: Today we continue our work-through of this essay by publicist Vladimir Mozhegov.  And in this segment, we start getting to the nitty-gritty details of how witty rascal-poet Alexander Pushkin was transformed into a Soviet demi-god beyond reproach. Astute … Continue reading

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1937 – What is the connection between Stalin and Pushkin? – Part III

Dear Readers: Continuing with this essay by publicist Vladimir Mozhegov.  Yesterday we learned something about Old Bolshevik Anatoly Lunacharsk, an interesting character in his own right.  Mozhegov mentions Lunacharsky’s friendship with poly-math Alexander Bogdanov, physician, philosopher, science fiction writer, and … Continue reading

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1937 – What is the connection between Stalin and Pushkin? – Part II

Dear Readers: Continuing to work through this essay by publicist Vladimir Mozhegov.  Mozhegov describes cultural and intellectual processes occuring in the Soviet Union in the 1930’s.  Yesterday we talked about the concept of “Thermidor”, and I should have been more … Continue reading

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1937 – What is the connection between Stalin and Pushkin? – Part I

Dear Readers: Yes, you read correctly, that headline was not a typo.  PUSHKIN, not Putin.  My starting point is this very interesting essay by publicist Vladimir Mozhegov.  “After all,” Mozhegov writes, “1937 was not only the year when Stalin’s purges … Continue reading

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