Quantity & Spells…

“Quantity has a spell of its own.” Joseph Stalin (1878 to 1953) Joseph Stalin, Russian in full Iosif Vissarionovich Stalin, original name (Georgian) Ioseb Dzhugashvili, secretary-general of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1922 to 1953) and premier of the Soviet state (1941 to 1953), who for a quarter of a century dictatorially ruled… Read More


Calming Manpower…

“Russians, in the knowledge of inexhaustible supplies of manpower, are accustomed to accepting gigantic fatalities with comparative calm.” Barbara W. Tuchman (1912 to 1989) Barbara Wertheim Tuchman was an American historian and author. She won the Pulitzer Prize twice, for The Guns of August, a best-selling history of the prelude to and the first month… Read More

Project 1917 & The Russian Revolution

“As the centenary of Russia’s revolutions approaches, tens of thousands of Russians have been consuming these bits of the past through Project 1917, an “edutainment” initiative that recreates the fateful year in the form of a social network. Posts draw from historical archives, letters and diaries. Users can access a stand-alone site or subscribe to updates on Facebook and… Read More

The Russian Military, Cucumbers & Shaving Brushes!

Despite being Russian terms, all current and ex-soldiers will be able to appreciate the following: Ogourets: a soldier in their first six months of service (literally, a cucumber – referring to the colour green, which signifies inexperience). Pomazok: a soldier who has served more than one year and is therefore released from certain menial tasks… Read More