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A Gallery of Thoughts on Arts, Culture and Orthodox Christian Spirituality

  • 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...
  • A Forgotten Centennial: The Treaty of Brest-Litovsk

    Last week saw one-hundredth anniversary of an event which greatly  impacted the destinies of Europe and America for decades to come. It  passed unnoticed by the media. On March 3, 1918, the Bolsheviks signed a peace treaty with the Central Powers at Brest-Litovsk. Far from sealing the K...
  • Cheka and Nine Circles of Hell

    On this date 100 years ago, the infamous All-Russian Emergency Commission for Combating Counter-revolution and Sabotage (Всероссийская чрезвычайная комиссия по борьбе с контрреволюцией и саботажем), ВЧК for short, or Cheka, the first Soviet secret police, was formed. This organisation was the princi...
  • Revolution Every Day: an Exercise in Dangerous Nostalgia

    Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago is hosting an exhibition of Soviet posters made by women. Presented on the centenary of the 1917 Russian Revolution, this exhibition "immerses visitors in the distinct textures and speeds of everyday life that arose—and have lingered stubbornly—in the...
  • The Bolsheviks and the New Religion

    The religion of our time, which could be called "tolerance" or "political correctness," is, apart from being the world elite's political and social agenda, a result of the indifference to one's neighbour and a cover for one's own sins. Socialism, as this faith was also sometimes called, seeks to dim...
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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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