Russian Propaganda

And…the women of Vkontakte.

…If that green hallway doesn’t bring a surge of nostalgia, go east, young man!

"Россия – страна, не пригодная для интернет-бизнеса," said the founder of Russia’s most popular social network, VKontakte.  Pavel Durov said he has been fired and that allies of President Putin have taken over his Facebook-like social media website.
(Don’t gossip! Strictly guard military and state secrets!)

"Россия – страна, не пригодная для интернет-бизнеса," said the founder of Russia’s most popular social network, VKontakte.  Pavel Durov said he has been fired and that allies of President Putin have taken over his Facebook-like social media website.

(Don’t gossip! Strictly guard military and state secrets!)

Jesus Christ is a Jew.

Jesus Christ is a Jew.

Иисус воскрес

Иисус воскрес

The biggest mistake one can make upon exiting the B at the last stop, inhaling undertow-flavored air and narrowly passing a man in a fake Gucci shirt and a rabbit hat hawking caviar from a foldable outdoor table, is to assume that you’re seeing a passable facsimile of Russia. Brighton Beach is far more interesting. What you’re actually getting is a kind of double-blind guess— a Jewish immigrant’s idea of what an American’s idea of Russia may be. And that’s what makes it arguably the most fascinating ethnic enclave in New York: It looks just as exotic to the ethnicity it enclaves.

 

The biggest mistake one can make upon exiting the B at the last stop, inhaling undertow-flavored air and narrowly passing a man in a fake Gucci shirt and a rabbit hat hawking caviar from a foldable outdoor table, is to assume that you’re seeing a passable facsimile of Russia. Brighton Beach is far more interesting. What you’re actually getting is a kind of double-blind guess— a Jewish immigrant’s idea of what an American’s idea of Russia may be. And that’s what makes it arguably the most fascinating ethnic enclave in New York: It looks just as exotic to the ethnicity it enclaves.

 

Beijing’s Yabalou neighborhood’s Russian flea markets cater to the Russian traders from Siberia.  Previously local Chinese people called the traders “da daoye” (big trader), while as of 2011 they now refer to them as “hao pengyou” (“good friend”). In addition to Russian traders, Polish, Ukrainian, former Yugoslav, and other eastern European traders also do business in Yabaolu. Many restaurant owners and shop keepers do business in Yabaolu. Some pedicab drivers speak pidgin Russian and charge the equivalent of two U.S. dollars for a ride. Like many ethnic enclaves, it has its own unique culture imported by its residents. The focal point of the district are several large clothing markets. Business signs are mostly inRussian and written in Cyrillic, a surprise to many tourists. 

Dmitry Markov

Dmitry Markov. 2007-2008.

Cosmonautics Day
On April 12, 1961, a 27-year-old Russian cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, the son of a carpenter and a milkmaid, completed an orbit around the Earth aboard the Vostok spacecraft.  Humanity, for the first time, had journeyed into outer space.  And so it was proclaimed космос для Pусских!

Cosmonautics Day

On April 12, 1961, a 27-year-old Russian cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, the son of a carpenter and a milkmaid, completed an orbit around the Earth aboard the Vostok spacecraft.  Humanity, for the first time, had journeyed into outer space.  And so it was proclaimed космос для Pусских!