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Wow! or Generation P

One of the very few Russian Movies I could recommend to watch to my foreign friends.

It's based on the book of one of my favorite modern writers.
The short plot description on the IMDB page gives absolutely no clue about the contains of the movie.
Some ten years ago when I read this book it just exploded my mind in a way. I remembered some of the lines by heart. Like the one about Che Guevara: "Che Guevara didn't give the world anything except for a submachine gun burst and a trade mark named by him". It actually explained to me in a frisky way the idea of consumerism. In Russia of late 90es and for 18 years old it was a revelation.
The movie is not that great comparing to the book, but still it has some nice lines.
The book is highly recommended as well certainly. Together with other books by Victor Pelevin, who lives in States actually and most of his literature is translated to English.

P stands for Pepsi by the way.
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It's official

Everybody knew it 5 years ago indeed (I can even show forum history pages where I say it myself, but they're obviously in Russian). But still there always was a chance that something is going to change, some new people appear. But no, Mr. Putin announced that he is going for presidency again. There's nothing especially surprising therefor. But there's some kind of bad feeling for some reason. It's just doesn't feel totally OK.
In fact there are no other options. No real personalities out there. And the real country leaders could find some other minion like Mr. Medvedev was found some time ago, and make another joke of it, but they decided to be kind of frank. That's good in a way. But again there's this awkward aftertaste.
Well, at least there are no surprises, no news is a good news as they say. We're going to have good old Putin back and we're certain about what is going to happen on the political scene.
But then again, some weird feeling.
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Yet Another Example of The Economist's Awful Russia Coverage

Interesting Forbes journalist review of The Economist article about modern Russia called 'Time to shove off'.

And before you read it, as a hopefully still young and somewhat professional Russian I ought to say that I'm not going to shove off in any way, and belive me it wouldn't be hard for me if I wanted.

The other day I noted an especially overdrawn article titled “Time to Shove Off” that had recently appeared in The Economist. The article’s thesis was basically the following: Russia is again stagnating and all of its most talented and successful people are preparing to leave, a development which will eventual cripple the country. I briefly noted that I thought this was a load of rubbish and that the article omitted a huge number of relevant facts that contradicted its analysis.
As is quite obvious from even a cursory glance at the data, the recent Levada poll shows that Russians’ desire to emigrate is utterly unexceptional. Indeed, apart from South Korea, Great Britain and Germany, there is at least one other well-managed liberal democracy whose citizens are much more eager to leave the country than the despondent citizens of Putin’s stagnating autocracy. Don’t believe me? Look at this Gallup poll from early 2008 which asked the following question: “Ideally, if you had the opportunity, would like to move permanently to another country, or would you prefer to continue living in this country.” 35% of Chileans said that they would like to move to another country, far higher than equivalent figures for Argentina (20%) or Venezuela (12%).

Chile is, and has long been, one of The Economist’s favorite success stories, a country far more thoroughly liberalized, both politically and economically, than Russia is ever likely to be. Yet despite its liberalism, capitalism, and democracy more than a third of its citizens said they would prefer to emigrate. Chile’s figure was far higher than the corresponding figures for the far less economically liberal Argentina and Venezuela, or even a famously unequal and polarized society such as Brazil. Does this mean that Chile’s president is evil or that its basic political and economic structures are fundamentally broken? Does it mean that it should adopt the “Bolivarian” model which apparently is far better at retaining the basic loyalty of citizens? I suspect not, but then I have no interest in either tendentiously trying to prove Chile’s failure or convincing it of a specific course of action.

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Writer's Block: 9/11

Where were you?

At the day I was in Bar Harbor Maine. I've been participating kind of students exchange program and in that nice little town I've been actually working as a waiter. That very day was my day off. It promised to be a great sunny rock climbing afternoon.

A friend of mine (also my room mate) woke me up, he was very exited or maybe I should say agitated, he was saying something about some plane hitting a skyscraper in New York and another one that hit Pentagon. That friend of mine was known for his love for practical jokes so I just said something like "It's a stupid and implausible joke" and tried to go back to sleep. But as he dragged me to the laptop (we didn't have TV) and pointed his finger to the screen: Russian news site was open in the browser and what I read there was even more like cruel and stupid joke. I remember something about 22 planes crashed in different US cities. If it was a fools day we'd never bothered to go somewhere to check what's on TV or radio. But it was September.

So we went out of our building, we went to a nearest diner and I still remember that gruesome heavy atmosphere, which fell upon us as we entered. There was a TV set on and all the people inside were watching it in total silence. There were no usual smiles, just amazement and horror on the faces. On the screen there were burning towers and reporter was saying something.
I don't recall any more details, just this first awful feeling of realizing that something terrible has just happened and maybe it's not over. I had this feeling only once after that, when I was going to a party in my mountaineering club and when I arrived, I found out, that a news about death of six of our friends arrived half an our ago. I hope that I will never get this feeling again.
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Republic of Dagestan - I just have to repost it

Originally posted by 4044415 at Дагестан
Продолжаю разгребать летние фотографии...

Название "Дагестан" известно с 17 века и означает "горная страна" (с тюркского: даг - гора, стан - земля, страна). Республика расположена в северо-восточной части Кавказа, а с востока омывается водами Каспийского моря...

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