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  • Three Hundred Years of Murderous Desire

    Should a 484-page book about the history of St. Petersburg without a single mention of St. John of Kronstadt, one of the greatest spiritual leaders of Russia, be immediately dismissed? No. Despite its cynicism, proclivity for sex scandal and political intrigue, Jonathan Miles's St Petersburg: Three...
  • Strange Indeed

    Trump's statements have been contradictory since the beginning of his presidency, to say the least. The consequences of his talk with Putin are not quite clear, but the liberal American press bashed him as expected. It sure seems like he is playing a double game. For the world beyond the US borde...
  • The Revenant (USA, 2015)

    There have been so many movies, especially since the 1990s, where violence seems to be its own raison d'être. Chopped fingers, severed limbs and buckets of blood are meant to shock, disturb and move the audience. In The Revenant, however, violence and blood is inevitable. It is the natural outcome o...
  • Red Star Over Russia

    In the past ten months or so, I wrote and translated about two dozen articles dealing with the Russian Revolution. In need of illustrations, I turned, naturally, to the internet. There is not that many good photos of the event, though, and, as I found out soon, most other articles about the same top...
  • Jordan or LeBron?

    With the legacy of LeBron James growing after every NBA season, the debate whether he has surpassed Michael Jordan as the best basketball player ever is also heating up. Of course, it is extremely difficult to compare two players from different eras in a team sport, but it is certainly fun. When...
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Do We Live in a Dystopia?
The literary genre "utopia" acquired its name from the novel by the same title, published by Thomas Moore in 1516. Various authors have tried to imagine a perfect society and describe it in the form of a project, tale, or novel. Plato's Republic is probably the first known utopia, describing th...
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