Leningrad’s ‘Khimki Forest’ Song

[Прочитать статью на русском языке здесь.] Two days ago, the rock group “Leningrad,” led by front-man Sergei Shnurov, released a music video on YouTube titled “Химкинский лес” (Khimki Forest). (It currently has more than 70,000 views.) The song is an obvious satire of liberal-leaning musicians prone to activist art. It is most obviously aimed at …

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Vladimir Putin the Taxi Driver

[Прочитать статью на русском языке здесь.] “Bashed over the head with a truncheon.” “A clubbing on their skulls.” “Beaten around the head with truncheons.” “A whack on the bonce.” “A club on your noggin.” “Hit in the head by a bludgeon.” “A whack on the nut.” These are just some of the ways that English …

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The Putin-Shevchuk Commentary Roundup

As expected, figures in the Russian liberal community reacted harshly to Vladimir Putin’s comments in an exchange with Yuri Shevchuk last Saturday. Also unsurprising, journalists unfriendly to the opposition responded as they do by defending the actions of the authorities and questioning the motives of the liberals. All in all, it was another day in …

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"Excuse me, but what's your name?" (The Full Translation of the Putin-Shevchuk Showdown)

Yesterday, Vladimir Putin met with the participants and organizers of charity event for sick children. The event included various famous members of the Russian artist and intellectual community. The most animated guest at the table was Yuri Shevchuk, lead singer of the rock band DDT and well-known liberal activist. Just a few months ago, Shevchuk …

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Sex, Drugs, & Politics

The Season of Discontent keeps chugging along in Russia this spring. Kaliningrad has attracted every political gadfly and climber around, and next Saturday’s demonstration promises to be the mother of all theatre. Who will win the rallying competition: the Kremlin stooges (like Zhirinovsky), dispatched to rouse the counter-protesting rabble? Or the Muscovite liberal imports, who …

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