Archive for June, 2008

The Russian Motion, As Expressed By Its Verb Posted by on Jun 26, 2008

Since today is THE day of Russia’s big soccer match against Spain [in a matter of hours!], while 20 times more Russian flags are being sold than usually at this time of the year, I thought we should start our discussion about «глаголы движения» [verbs of motion] with one of the more appropriate verbs: «бежать»…

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The Russians Are Coming! Posted by on Jun 23, 2008

[Sometimes I write witty articles about Russia for the biggest daily paper in my hometown of Gothenburg, Sweden. I thought I’d share a translation of my latest one with you.] In the middle of a hot June night I woke up from my innocent Swedish sleep to see the Ural Mountains on fire. Inhuman screaming…

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Moscow, baby! Posted by on Jun 19, 2008

Yesterday I got back from Moscow, after spending four turbulent days in the capitol of the Russian Federation, and I’m very sorry for not having blogged while being there. In general I’m sorry for not blogging lately, but I promise to redeem myself very soon. I wanted to blog while in Moscow, because it…

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Russian Reading Tip: “The Icon And The Axe” Posted by on Jun 14, 2008

One of you readers commented a couple of posts ago that one of the most helpful works when it comes to trying to understand Russia is Orlando Figes’ “Natasha’s Dance: A Cultural History of Russia” (1998). Clearly, I cannot argue with this, as I have not yet had the pleasure to read it, but I…

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Две «Исходные» Беды России [Russia’s Two Initial Troubles] Posted by on Jun 12, 2008

When I in my last post stated that, according to the vice-premier of Russia, this country has five problems getting in the way of its development, one reader (thank you, Stas!) brought it to my attention that, initially, Russia only had two problems. And initially they were called «беды» [trouble, singular form «беда»] instead of…

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What Gets In The Way of Russia’s Development? Posted by on Jun 9, 2008

According to the following article, «Развитию России мешают пять проблем» [The development of Russia is hindered by five problems], the Russian economy will become the sixth largest in the world by the end of this year. This optimistic opinion was shared with the public on the international economics forum during past week by Russia’s first…

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Book & Movie Tip: «Собачье сердце» [Heart of a Dog] Posted by on Jun 7, 2008

Everyone who’s read «Мастер и Маргарита» [“The Master and Margarita”], or perhaps only seen one of the many movies or TV-shows based on this wonderful fantastic novel (published first only in 1967, in an English translation, despite it’s author finishing writing it before his early death in 1940), knows that Михаил Афанасьевич Булгаков [Mikhail Afanasevich…

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