When I was in Saint-Petersburg last November I briefly met a friend of a guy called Nikita Slavin. He had a cool project involving mapping out the age of 55,000 buildings in Saint-Petersburg. TLDR, Saint-Petersburg is really the city of Nicholas II - an absolute majority of buildings in the center were built during the... Read More
Source: Direct comparison of Moscow vs. Saint-Petersburg populations. On the eve of World War I, Saint-Petersburg was bigger than Moscow: 2.1M to 1.8M. It had a more developed and sophisticated economy, and was drawing in more people, though this was partially canceled out by the higher fertility rate in more religious and traditionalist Moscow. SPB... Read More
As some of you are aware, last week I was traveling in Saint-Petersburg. I went upon the invitation of a local politics club, but decided I stay several days to explore the city. I haven't been to SPB since 2002, so this doubled as an opportunity to see how the northern capital has changed in... Read More
The Russia wide protests organized by Navalny on June 12 were a flop. This was not unexpected, given the lack of enthusiasm on social networks - in Moscow, there were 20% fewer people expressing interest in going to this event relative to the March 26th protest on Facebook. The earlier event had translated into 8,000... Read More
There are some people in the pro-Russian altsphere, especially those who don't live here, who love to wax lyrical about the "Orthodox-Islamic civilizational alliance" or some such thing. There's only one problem with it: It's complete codswallop. Oh well, it's not anything that a few more arrests of Russian nationalists under Article 282 won't solve.... Read More
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.