Tag Archives: Stalin

Season 2 Finale

Not bad. I think Lenin takes it. Thanks to SB.

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КГБ = Комитет Государственных Блюд?

Never noticed the Colonel Sanders – Comrade Stalin resemblance before:

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Epic Rap Battle

My favorite verse is Спасибо, слова сочинаешь. Я и говорю, сам вот начинаешь. Мои слова почему повторяешь? Ты стал попугай, до свидания! This turned into a meme pretty fast in Russia: Tip of the hat to MH for the full … Continue reading

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Quoteable III

“Stalinism means the killing of the inner man. And no matter what the sophists say, no matter what lies the communist intellectuals tell, that’s what it all comes down to. The inner man must be killed for the communist Decalogue … Continue reading

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Months ago flying from Russia to the US I was seated next to an old woman with one of those beautiful Russian names that I can’t even remember right now – it may have been something soft like Inna or … Continue reading

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Mind in the gutter

I literally laughed out loud on the metro when I read this passage of the New Yorker’s review of the new George Kennan biography: When Hitler invaded the Soviet Union, twenty-two months later, Stalin was completely unprepared – one reason … Continue reading

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Архипелаг Гулаг

At a loss for words as to how to recommend the book Gulag Archipelago without sounding trite, I paste here a section from Tvardovsky’s poem, “Distance beyond Distance”, cited by Solzhenitsyn in the chapter ‘Tyurzak’ (Тюремное Заключение). It seems an … Continue reading

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Two somewhat random, unrelated links – The first is a profile of Boris Efimov, Soviet-era political cartoonist and the subject of the documentary film “Stalin Thought of You”. It is a poorly written article, but the film trailer is interesting. … Continue reading

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Bertolt Brecht’s “Die Lösung”

In staying on topic with the previous post (mass movements in the middle east), this Bertolt Brecht poem from 1953 seems apt: “Die Lösung” Nach dem Aufstand des 17. Juni Ließ der Sekretär des Schriftstellerverbands In der Stalinallee Flugblätter verteilen … Continue reading

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