The standard narrative is that the 1920s policy of korenizatsiya - the promotion of "national cultures" over the Russian one across the non-Russian republics of the USSR - was reversed in favor of Russification from the mid-1930s. However, at least so far as the book publications goes, this really seems to have been more of... Read More
(via /r/MapPorn) This ranking by the Foreign Service Institute seems fairly plausible. I agree with the decision to move French up a tier, it is certainly harder than Spanish or Portuguese. My casual impression is that Romanian is a bit harder than the Iberian languages. Not sure if the two tier gap between Swedish and... Read More
Speaking of "pathetic" - it's жалко, not жалько. Yeah why should a Professor of Political Science at Stanford who supposedly specializes in Russia need the Russian language anyway? In all fairness, you can't exactly lose what you
I am a blogger, thinker, and businessman in the SF Bay Area. I’m originally from Russia, spent many years in Britain, and studied at U.C. Berkeley.
One of my tenets is that ideologies tend to suck. As such, I hesitate about attaching labels to myself. That said, if it’s really necessary, I suppose “liberal-conservative neoreactionary” would be close enough.
Though I consider myself part of the Orthodox Church, my philosophy and spiritual views are more influenced by digital physics, Gnosticism, and Russian cosmism than anything specifically Judeo-Christian.