As commenter Reykur recently pointed out - citing the work of the blogger denalt, there is a rather curious phenomenon occurring in a few ethnic Russian regions, where rural fertility has exploded in the past decade. As you can see from the above graph, there has been a rather strange divergence between rural fertility rates... Read More
But that doesn't seem to be coming along too well. Remarkably, it's not just the Novorossiya region that is seeing very few defections into schism, but some eastern and otherwise strongly pro-Ukraine regions, such as Poltava. Even Kiev isn't that dense adjusting for population. And this is all despite the official pressure - sometimes backed... Read More
A year ago I wrote about a huge PEW opinion poll of religious belief in Eastern Europe. As it happens, one of the questions dealt with the question of which Patriarch the Orthodox believers of each country consider to be the highest authority in Orthodoxy.
There's been some discussion in the previous thread over whether or not Russian religiosity has increased since the end of the USSR, when for obvious reasons people weren't polled on these questions. It's quite obvious to me that religiosity has increased. 1. Personal observations: Church services in provincial Russia 15 years ago - almost all... Read More
So the Russian Ministry of Defense is going to build a Cathedral of the Armed Forces at the Patriot Park in Kubinka, a town near Moscow which also hosts the country's premier tank museum. Atomic Orthodoxy: +25% splash damage on infidel cities; fallout lingers twice longer. So the emergence of Fortress Monasteries is the next... Read More
As the Russian Patriarch embarks on a five-day visit to China, Kommersant's Pavel Korobov takes a look at the history, current reality, and future prospects of Orthodoxy in China. Patriarch Kirill arrived in China on a five-day official visit. The leadership of the PRC has already called the First Hierarch's visit an historical event -... 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
In my nearly 20 years experience as a Russian living in the West, I have found that almost all my fellows can be reduced to five basic types: 1) The White Russian; 2) The Sovok Jew; 3) The Egghead Emigre; 4) Natasha Gold-Digger; 5) Putin's Expat. My background and qualifications to write on this topic?... Read More
Sean recently suggested Russianists study the history of smell in Russia. I have an even better idea: a history of sex in Russia, or rather my translation of the tabloid article Сексуальные традиции на Руси (Russian Sexual Traditions). It's historically and culturally inaccurate in more than a few places, but will hopefully make for a... 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.