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So a couple of months back, the publisher and developer of the "Call of Duty" US military propaganda video game franchise Activision/Infinity Ward were pushing the Black Lives Matter like any other good Woke Capitalist. But it seems the children have now had their fun, and - as in the UK, where the authorities suddenly... Read More
This is so stupid, but I guess I need to address this sooner than later. There are 549,000 doctors in Russia. The suicide rate is 11.6/100,000 (Rosstat). So that's 64 expected suicides per year, or 16 in a three month period. Doctors are more educated than average, and less likely to binge drink. So perhaps... Read More
I have written about how Svetlana Alexievich, who won the Literature Nobel Prize for her dogged shilling against Putin and Russia, used to write panegyrics to Felix Dzerzhinsky - the ethnic Polish founder of the Soviet secret police - back when she served another set of masters. But now comes this revelation via Radio Freedom's... Read More
The world's most prominent "anti-science" movements are dominated by Americans: Religious nutjob anti-vaxxers Neo-Lysenkoist SJWs Climate change deniers But never mind! As Obama and the New York Times inform us, it is PUTLER! who is behind this. What can he not do? The allegation that Russia is behind anti-vaxxism is especially hilarious given that the... Read More
Yesterday, Western journalists were like: This referred to the original state news agency RIA article, which stated that Boris Johnson was hospitalized and would be put under a ventilator. And earlier today, the British government were like: Business Insider: Boris Johnson's spokesman accuses Russia of spreading 'disinformation' after Russian state media claims the prime minister... Read More
Leading intelligence researchers have just forwarded me this graph from an upcoming article on the relation between cognitive ability and sentiment towards Russia that will soon be published in a high impact psychology journal.
I wasn't *100%* tongue in cheek when I predicted that Russia will be held responsibile for the Holocaust by handshakeworthy Western opinion-setters by midcentury. It seems that I was hardly alone in this sentiment amongst my followers. This idea - that the Soviet-Russian genocide of the Jews under Russian nationalist Jughashvili is predestined to be... Read More
So the Call of Duty video game franchise that brought us the infamous "No Russian" mission, where you had to physically remove Russian civilians from an airport - not many complaints of "terrorism simulators" when it's Russkies who are getting gunned down - now has another offering, in which you as a Syrian rebel fighter... Read More
From "anti-extremism" researcher Anton Shekhovtsov who has no anti-Russian obsession whatsoever: That 74 page manifesto had one mention of Russia*. There were FOUR mentions of China, three of which were positive, and which he described as "the nation with the closest political and social values to my own." Now just to be clear China is... Read More
At least according to "journalist" Lizzy Saxe: However, at least she is not a "former Soviet-American" (was he that triggered by Drumpf?) politics professor in Canada: / Implying that champagne was a luxury good even in the late USSR (to say nothing of Russia today). Though it seems that some people lapped it up. Profile:... Read More
When I suggested that in 2-3 more decades Russia will become responsible for the Holocaust, with attendant criminal penalties for its denial in many Western countries, it was said three quarters in jest. But perhaps it should have been fully half serious. But more to the point, I recently came across this infographic of Ukraine's... Read More
Fake Russian gun rights organization that doesn't exist because Russians are too oppressed by Putler to have any independent opinions of their own. A couple of days ago, The New Republic published an astoundingly well-researched longread by James Bamford about the Butina saga. An anonymous commenter has summarized its key points: -Mueller wasn’t interested in... Read More
A German writes about Russians in the NYT: Now it's not that he is necessarily wrong. There is surely some genetic component to corruption proclivities, and it is certainly plausible that it is significantly higher in Russia (or Italy) than in North-West Europe. But what is hilarious is that this comes from the employer of... Read More
Commenter Swedish Family on BHL and Houellebecq on Russia: Seeing Bernard-Henri Lévy's name here made me dig out an old book of his, Public Enemies, a book of Lévy's mail correspondence with novelist Michel Houellebecq in the spring of 2008 (so after Putin's Munich speech but half a year before Lehman Brothers and the war... Read More
As I have pointed out, the jokers who dominate today's "Russia debate" such as Molly McKew have much less Russia expertise even than La Russophobe, the old bete noire of the Russia bloggers. Suffice to say that her entire shtick consists of inventing ever more and more deranged Russiagate conspiracy theories is something that even... Read More
From a recent report by the arch-neocon Henry Jackson Society: Those Russian informants would presumably be the 52% of Russians in Britain who voted for Puter in 2018. Congratulations to the Dark Lord of the Kremlin, Who Sees and Hears All, on raising this percentage from 28% in 2012. This was sarcasm, BTW. You would... Read More
Engels writing in 1868: Soviet propaganda map: "Tsarist Russia: Prison of Peoples. The Predatory Ambitions of Tsarist Imperialism." Notably, it is from 1936.
Hollywood Reporter: 'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Negative Buzz Amplified by Russian Trolls, Study Finds It obviously has nothing at all to do with any issues hinted at by the discrepancy between its 4.5/10 user rating and 8.5
Russians doing nothing wrong whatsoever. So how should Russians react to Butthurt Belt whining about muh repressions, calls for reparations, etc? I would recommend an indifferent aloofness. After all, Russians did not vote for the Bolsheviks; it was imposed on Russians by Latvian bayonets. Communist brutality towards Russians exceeded that towards its East European satellites... Read More
(h/t Hannah Gais) This is gonna be a black author... *checks* Yep, it's a black author alright. It's always a black author. Haldeman: "Not intellectual enough. Not smart enough... not smart enough to be spies." There were still conservative boomer doofuses casually interchanging Soviet/Russian as late as the Iraq War, but I think that finally... Read More
Our resident Kholmogorov translator Fluctuarius Argenteus further develops his Russoshoe Theory: Some examples: A - Soviet nationalists/Prokhanov Unz.com columnists: Israel Shamir, Martyanov B - This blog's erstwhile commenter Lazy Glossophiliac Most Russian neo-Stalinists, Eurasianists The Saker (with caveats) The Spencerian Alt Right (esp. Nina Kouprianova) Tankies C - Mainstream Russian nationalists inc. Fluctuarius,
From the most recent Eurobarometer poll [see also other countries]: Strange patterns, at first glance. Even just a few years ago, this map would have been unrecognizable, with East European countries viewing Russia with relatively greater hostility than Western Europe. So what changed? Well, what I suspect happened is a European version of the return... Read More
Fluctuarius Argenteus (the guy who does most of the Egor Kholmogorov translations here):
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
Charles Bausman (Russia Insider): It's Time to Drop the Jew Taboo This is objectively true. Heck, don't ask me, someone who writes for a site famous for its "mix of far-right and far-left anti-Semitic crackpottery" (as per the Jew Cathy Young). Ask
Well, we're well into 2018 now. Soros joins the many Very Respectable People - Anders Aslund has excelled in this regard more than most - who have predicted all several dozens of Russia's past zero collapses.
Recent Rasmussen poll: I wrote about this as a return to pre-Soviet norms back in February: No, this doesn't appear to be on account of Republican/conservative infatuation with Putler, as /r/politics and the Blue Checkmarks would have you believe. Op
So this Fulbright alumnus writes articles about "global blackness and Russia-U.S. politics" for the Washington Post. Not surprisingly, he is a man of many "powerful" takes. What is this Article 282-free nationalist paradise that he's describing, I want there. Anyhow there's something of a pattern here.
I didn't really invent this meme, as Patrick Armstrong once credited me; there were a few disjointed mentions of it there and there from before 2011. That said, I do think I did more than than anyone else to popularize it. Anyhow, the term Putin Derangement Syndrome has finally gone mainstream, with Rolling Stone's Matt... Read More
In a recent, widely shared Facebook post, Margarita Simonyan, the ethnic Armenian chief editor of RT, has asked what exactly a Kyrgyz national of Uzbek ethnicity did to get Russian citizenship while ethnic Russians from the wartorn Donbass struggle to even get a residency permit: The nurse of my children and her family, whom we... Read More
A week ago, I speculated that Voronenkov was most likely killed by a Ukrainian nationalist who overdosed on svidomism, and not by the Dark Lord of the Kremlin: This was strongly suggested by the fact that the gunman, Pavel Parshov, was a former member of a Donbass batallion that had participated in the ATO. He... Read More
Up until very recently, Russia was viewed more favorably by the Liberals/Left than conservatives in the US. Many of the conservatives were people who had grown up at the height of the Cold War, saw the letters KGB in Putin's eyes like McCain, and tended to suffer from a bad case of your brain on... Read More
After a long break, a new contribution to the Experts Panel: Western journalists have been in the business of dismissing Russian achievements and magnifying Russian failures ever since Putin drove them into a collective derangement syndrome - he even haunts their dreams, as recently revealed by the Guardian's Shaun Walker - so the preemptive besmirching... Read More
Anti-corruption efforts have been significantly stepped up in recent months, both in terms of headline making events (e.g. the dismissal of Serdyukov) and the less heralded progress in the introduction of new laws to combat the source. One of these is a ban on Russian bureaucrats holding foreign bank accounts (this represents a watering down... Read More
If you ever manage to get a troupe as diverse as Latynina, Mark Adomanis, the Cypriot Communist Party, virtually every financial analyst, Prokhorov, and Putin united in condemning your crass stupidity and cack-handedness, it's probably time to stop and ponder. But it's safe to say that's not what the Troika - the European Commission, European... Read More
My latest for the US-Russia Experts Panel and VoR. In this latest Panel, Vlad Sobell asks us supposed Russia “experts” whether Freedom House’s “alarmist stance” towards Russia is justified. Well, what do YOU think? I don’t think you need to be an expert to answer this; it’s an elementary issue of common sense and face... Read More
Here it is in Russian: Вверх-вниз по рейтингу свободы. This translation here is of a longer version at my Russian language blog. A version of it also appears on Voice of Russia: Press freedom - on both sides of the Information Curtain. Thanks to Alexei Pankin (who is a regular at Komsomolskaya) for making it... Read More
One of the standard memes about Russia's demographic trajectory was the "Russian Cross." While at the literal level it described the shape of the country's birth rate and death rate trajectories, a major reason why it entered the discourse was surely because it also evoked the foreboding of the grave. But this period now appears... Read More
I had great fun observing the fallout over Depardieu's "defection" to Russia. The reason for the apostrophes is of course because it had nothing to do with it. It was Depardieu trolling Hollande and the French "Socialists", and Putin trolling Westerners and his own homegrown "democratic journalists." (Or maybe not? In any case, I for... Read More
Here is the article, by Nick Cohen. And below are the two comments (one by myself) that were censored. I have corrected a few grammatical points in this post. They were eventually restored, wonder of wonders, but only after two days - and therefore all interest - had passed, and after I had sent an... Read More
I really did think it was getting better there under Joshu Yaffa, certainly it's not typical of him to write such vitriolic but more importantly factually inaccurate articles. Let's hope the world's sleaziest magazine was getting one of their old-timers to file for him that day, instead of representing the start of a new descent... Read More
1. For Russian orphans life is much more dangerous in Russia than in America. Let's agree to disregard the hidden subtext which implies that any country ought to give over its orphans to foreign nationals should it be ranked safer for children. Let's first examine if the claim that Russia is 39 times more dangerous... Read More
Keeping up with the Guardian's stream of textual diarrhea in its Russia coverage is a quixotic task, and one that I do not really have the stamina for (although Alex Mercouris does this remarkably effectively). Still, when it comes to certain issues I'm particularly interested in, such as demography, or China-Russians relations as in this... Read More
My latest contribution to the US-Russia.org Expert Discussion Panel this one focusing on whether the West foregoes "incalculable benefits" by continuing the Cold War. Unlike previous Panels, on which I aimed for balance, here I make no apologies at pointing a finger straight to where I believe the blame belongs: I recently began reading Martin... Read More
In one of his regular columns for mafia state news agency RIA Novosti he wrote (h/t Mercouris): But wait! This sounds... remarkably similar to a Facebook conversation with one Valentina Filippenko on Eggert's wall. (She is a student at the Journalism Faculty of Moscow State University, presumably another democratic journalist in the making). Except that... Read More
This post is a continuation of the last, and can otherwise be called "Konstantin von Eggert: A Case Study In Democratic Journalism (part 2)." Alternatively, one might view it as a refutation of claims that the Kremlin controls or censors the Russian media (Eggert's own protestations, hilarious and Orwellian in the context of what follows,... Read More
At least if you take Michael Bohm's arguments in his latest Moscow Times missive on how Russia Is Turning Into Iran to its logical conclusion. Look, I'm not a fan of blasphemy laws. The First Amendment is a wonderful thing and something that makes the US truly great... even exceptional, to an extent. Although it... Read More
This guy isn't as clear-headed as Eric Kraus, is he? But does have company in the form of Andrew Miller, Jeffrey Tailer, "Streetwise Professor", and Ed Lucas. H/t Mark Adomanis. ----- Original Message ----- From: Dmitry Alimov To: [email protected] Sent: Friday, September 12, 2003 11:28 PM Subject: Conversation with Jim Rogers - HILARIOUS Jim Rogers,... Read More
Just when I thought the paper of Luke "I Plagiarize Off The eXile" Harding and Miriam "Putin Stole My Dry Cleaning Ticket" Elder could get no more incompetent, vindictive, and mendacious in its Russia coverage, it did. I present: Putin calls in Darth Vader to tighten his grip on Russia's energy assets by Alex Dryden,... Read More
I really can't figure what this Economist editorial reeks more of: Hypocrisy, mendacity, or pure delusion? Being anti-Western is "negative", even for daring to oppose Western-backed Islamist crazies who will back-stab their handlers as soon as they're able to. Note how "liberalizing" and "pro-Western" are conflated, because one can't possibly liberalize without kowtowing to Western... Read More
Anatoly Karlin
About Anatoly Karlin

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.