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I began blogging in 2008. This was the Golden Age of the blogosphere, though by that time, in retrospect, its peak was already behind it. One example: Below is a fair representation of right-alternative ("Dark Enlightenment") bloggers in the early 2010s: It's rather depressing, but creating a video on some topic will generally give you... Read More
My post on the maximum world population drew a large number of "powerful takes" - unfortunately, powerful in the bad sense of the word - idiotic trolling (humorous trolling is allowed), ad hominems, conspiracy SIFs, negative value added, etc. While I appended the MORE tag to a bunch of them, I was also forced to... Read More
It's now been eleven years (and six days) since I started blogging. Since this is not that big of a milestone, I am not going to recap the history of how I got there; you can check out last year's post for that. Instead, I'm just going to talk of developments in 2018, and plans... Read More
While TAC has surged ahead for some reason in the past couple of months, this is not reflected in the Alexa data, where we continue to do slightly better.
January 9, 2017 marks the day I began blogging a decade ago.   I suppose now's as good a time as any to launch my second panhandling drive. If you like the words that I write, and want me to write more of them, you can personally make that happen:   My first (non-intro) post:... Read More
About time to update my sidebar (current one dates from November 2015). Blogroll: Added a few sites, removed a few. Version with slightly more links here: My linking policy is that if your blog is at least somewhat active and interesting, and if you link to me, or if you make a... contribution (just make... Read More
I just finished updating my Unz Review custom blogroll, along with an expanded set of "inspirational" quotes. Here it is: ***
As you can see the site has had a major redesign, and new blog posts will start appearing as of this Monday. Here are the major changes: (1) Back to self-hosted, after a year and a half at WordPress.com. There will be no repeat of the pharma hack that torpedoed the old Sublime Oblivion. My... Read More
This June I had the pleasure of once again attending and speaking at the World Russia Forum. The event now happens twice a year, in Washington DC and Moscow, and is intended to draw together Russian and American experts, academics, journalists, and policy-makers in an effort to improve relations between these two nations. An account... Read More
I'm writing this from an Internet café in Seattle, so I'll be brief. (1) Congratulations to SWSPires - the winner of the promised $25 Amazon gift certificate for participating in The Russia Debate during its first month! Incidentally, he was only the sixth member to be drawn by lot from the members pool; it's just... Read More
From a Freedom House publication:
Here is the list of US citizens publicly barred from Russia in response to the US Magnitsky List. Are you familiar with any of them? Individuals alleged to be involved in the use and legalization of torture and indefinite confinement of prisoners - the "Guantanamo list": 1. David Spears Addington - Chief of Staff of... Read More
Confessions of an Online Hustler by Matt Forney, published in 2013. See the Amazon version of this review. Rating: 4/5.
For background see here, here. Russia Voices is good because it powerfully hints at what the project is all about: Giving the Anglo-sphere some sense of what Russians from all sides of the political spectrum are saying. But downside is it's similar to Voice of Russia (a radio station), and besides, the more "intuitive" RussianVoices.com... Read More
As long-term readers will be aware, I am working on two big projects: A book on myths about Russia, and a website specializing in translating articles from the Russian press into English. (The idea being that even if it does nothing else, Western institutions will no longer be able to credibly say Russia's level of... Read More
I have recently been cleaning up my old posts. When I moved from Sublime Oblivion to here, the pictures remained hosted at the old site (there were too many of them to auto-import). So I've been going through ancient posts, manually reattaching pictures (so that they are now hosted at wordpress.com) and making the categories... Read More
It all began on January 9, 2008. It began, as it is now, as Da Russophile over at blogger. And I was a Russophile then, perhaps unreasonably so. That said I did do some useful work back then. I am most proud of the demographic models by which I predicted: Russia will see positive population... Read More
I feel that my blogging in terms of influencing the discourse on Russia has leveled off into something resembling a plateau. I now write the occasional op-ed; appear every so often in magazines, research articles, and even books; and the blog itself attracts about 500 daily visitors. But truth is I am barely making a... Read More
Though I do wonder about those six people who voted "none of the above" in my poll of attitudes towards the 10 odd theories that figure prominently in the Karlinist Weltanschauung... with all due respect, but what are you guys doing on this blog then? :) The vast majority agree with Peak Oil, Limits to... Read More
I'm curious to hear what my readers think of the various concepts and theories that frequently come up on this blog, and of the key assumptions underlying the Karlinist Weltanschauung.
I was recently honored to be invited to the World Russia Forum 2012, an annual event organized by Edward Lozansky that aims to promote US-Russia cooperation. You can read Eugene Ivanov's write-up on last year's forum here. The theme for this year will be "the role of NGOs, Public Diplomacy, and Media in formulating the... Read More
Dear readers, As you're probably aware, the site was down for much of the past week. The lowdown is that the old blog, Sublime Oblivion, was infected by a nasty pharma hack that destroyed its SEO ratings. There was however a silver lining, in that it allowed me to carry out a reorganization that I've... Read More
This post is a follow-up to a similar one for the 2011 Duma elections. It contains an extensive list of blogger, pundit and “expert” opinions on the extent of fraud in the 2011 Duma elections. Interspersed among these opinions and analyses are results from federal opinion polls, election monitors, and other evidence. In general, it... Read More
Despite Olga Kryshtanovskaya's disapproval, I thought it would be interesting and useful to compile a comprehensive list of blogger, pundit and "expert" opinions on the extent of fraud in the 2011 Duma elections. Interspersed among these opinions and analyses are results from federal opinion polls and other evidence. In general, it seems we can identify... Read More
So it's that time of year again... when I update the list of awesomest Russia blogs. But first, let's have your voice. Let it never be said that S/O doesn't support democracy! [AK Edit: Regrettably, all opinion polls didn't survive the transition] Now on to the real rankings. ;) As before, inclusion depends on the... Read More
So I was looking through my "Incoming Links" today and came across this comment about yours truly: This is hardly the first time I've had the anti-America rug thrown at me, so hey, let's do this democracy thing to settle this. [AK edit: All polls were lost in the transition to the new site] My... Read More
As you may have noticed, posting has slowed down in the past few days, mostly thanks to a combination of (1) Kindle, (2) 中文 and (3) the natural periods of apathy that afflict most non-pro bloggers. I don't really see that changing until the end of the year... 1. Sayonara, Luzhkov. Props to Jesse Heath... Read More
Over the years, Andy Young of Siberian Light did a series of interviews with top Russian watchers. However, Andy doesn't have the time for continuing these interviews of late, so we've agreed to have me take over for the time being. You can follow these interviews at Watching the Russia Watchers. They will consist of... Read More
Labor Day 2010 Special - a list of the most influential, interesting, and readable English-language blogs about Russia. But first, a few caveats. Inclusion does not mean that I agree with everything - or in La Russophobe's case, almost anything* - the author says. Second, don't take any of this personally. Being ranked below La... Read More
I've remembered about the article What We Believe I wrote two years back, in the early days when I was still writing anonymously (as "stalker") and was pretending to be a team. Had fun rereading it, almost like a time machine. My views on Russia have remained mostly unchanged. I've grown to become somewhat more... Read More
Here I will try to categorize all the major Russia-watching schools along two axes: 1) a Russophobe - Russophile axis and 2) a values spectrum on attitudes towards the West as a universal mental matrix. Along these lines I created the image map below which attempts to graphically deconstruct the belief systems many prominent Russia-watchers... Read More
At certain venues, “Russophiles” take a lot of flak for holding the beliefs and worldviews that they do. Many of their “arguments” can be predicted in advance based on prior experience. I’ve compiled a list of quick rebuttals to some common Russophobe accusations and insinuations so that we don’t have to waste our time formulating... Read More
Here is a 100% subjective list of the best (and worst) designed blogs in the Russia-watching blogosphere. My main criteria for a well-designed blog include: ergonomics (fast load, little clutter, efficient search and archives); utility (easy navigation, explanatory information, contact, social network integration) and aesthetics. I will do my best to discount ideological bias. This... Read More
This is a (continuously expanding) list of the articles that any serious Russia-watcher has to read if they wish to become acquainted with the Russophile worldview. I have hi-lighted the most important ones. But first, the sources of reality-based, high quality information about Russia. Sublime Oblivion, by yours truly. And now, in no particular order...... 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.