Category Archives: Russia – about Russian culture and Russian history – past and present

Russia – about Russian culture and Russian history – past and present

The Chronicles of a Collapse

A physicist wi‎th a world name
He couldn’t figure ‎out the math.
The university had not paid scientist salaries for months.
Of the research assistants that he had
three left, one wound up dead.
There are riots on the streets each day. There are four hour lines for bread.
Equations blooming in his mind
are so precise and so right,
but he cannot afford to pay his bills. His wife cries every night. Continue reading

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A WWII poem by a Soviet Soldier

This is a poem written by a Russian (Soviet) soldier during World War II, right before Soviet Union launched a defensive counter attack against Hitler’s army. It had such an impact on me that I had to translate it. *** … Continue reading

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The album Two Fates by Astrakhan and Naumov – Vysotsky in English

Vadim Astrakhan, in collaboration with Yuri Naumov, has just released his new CD of Vladimir Vysotsky’s songs translated into English – “Two Fates“. As a little girl living in Moscow, I was immersed in the world of Vladimir Vysotsky’s songs. … Continue reading

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Private Borisov by Vladimir Vysotsky, English translation

Private Borisov by Vladimir Vysotsky, English translation (Рядовой Борисов, Владимир Высоцкий, английский перевод)  “Private Borisov!”- “Here!”- “Tell me how this went down!”  “It was cold. I barely hung on.  Then it rained, then it got dark, and I was getting … Continue reading

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The Price of Greateness

When the Unknown appears before you in the form of an unexplained phenomenon – that is more or less normal.  However, when it manifests as a living person, do not be ashamed to express your awe.  And do something nice … Continue reading

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The White Guard Cycle (Russian Civil War)

He lived to forty. His life was cut short. There is no grain of truth in those words. He had lived through two wars, one government’s fall, Three different famines, four opposing factions, Six foreign countries and two real passions. … Continue reading

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i dreamt…

i dreamt of the russian civil war yesterday. enough to wake me right up a 9 am on the New Year’s Eve morning… shades of gray and browns. no deaths. no horses. just the distant sound of mortar and endless … Continue reading

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