Tag Archives: Natalia Poklonskaya

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

Posted in Art Criticism, Ballet, Cat Fighting, Celebrity Gossip, Russian History | Tagged , , | 4 Comments

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

Posted in Art Criticism, Ballet, Cat Fighting, Celebrity Gossip, Russian History | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in Art Criticism, Ballet, Cat Fighting, Celebrity Gossip, Russian History | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Art Criticism, Ballet, Cat Fighting, Celebrity Gossip, Russian History | Tagged , , | 17 Comments

The Ethnic Issue in Modern Russia – Part IV

Dear Readers: Today we continue with this lengthy post which, I am afraid, meandered off in several different directions.  We started with the theme of ethnic differences and how to build inter-ethnic harmony in a single state.  Then we veered … Continue reading

Posted in Friendship of Peoples, Human Dignity, Russian History | Tagged , | 2 Comments

The Ethnic Issue in Modern Russia – Part III

Dear Readers: Continuing to work our way through  this essay by Irina Alksnis.   But not without a couple of detours and bumps in the road! Yesterday, November 4, Russia celebrated a big holiday called The Day of National Unity.  We … Continue reading

Posted in Friendship of Peoples, Human Dignity, Russian History | Tagged , | 8 Comments