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Identiy & War



Putin & The New Russian Vision

Russia will not soon become, if it ever becomes, a second copy of the United States or England – where liberal value have deep historic roots. – Quote attributed to Putin Putin is not as difficult to understand as the… Continue Reading →

The Origins of Ukrainian Militant Nationalism

“You will attain a Ukrainian State, or die in battle for it.” -The Ten Commandments of the Ukrainian Nationalist On 22 January 2010, outgoing President of Ukraine Viktor Yuschenko made international headlines when he posthumously awarded Stepan Bandera, the notorious… Continue Reading →

The Ukrainian Genocide & The Cold War

Between 1932-33 the USSR experienced a sever famine. Portions of the Volga, the Northern Urals, the South Caucuses, Western Siberia, and Kazakhstan all experienced famine conditions. The largest area in which the famine took place was the Ukrainian SSR, the… Continue Reading →

Gogol & The Supernatural

Nicolai Gogol’s works are known for their elements of fantasy and the supernatural. The function of these fantastic tales and stories is the subject of this paper. I will focus on several of the short stories contained in his early… Continue Reading →

Loss, Self, & Identity

Bulat Okudzhava and Aleksandr Dol’skii emerged in the Soviet Union as underground singer-songwriters whose work was always prone to literary interpretations and considerations rather than musical ones. The two represent, unofficially and perhaps unwillingly, two distinct generations and styles of… Continue Reading →

Suicide Points & The Spaces of Pain

What is called a reason for living is also an excellent reason for dying. — Albert Camus Aokigahara is a rocky, cavernous forest at the base of Mount Fuji – resting near a peaceful lake. Because of the high, dense… Continue Reading →

Queerness & the Self in Russia

In a 2013 Pew Research Poll, 74% of Russians said that homosexuality should not be accepted by a society.  In the West homosexuality was vastly accepted, with 88% in Spain, 87% in Germany, and 74% in Italy. Why? This post… Continue Reading →

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