“Aspic” by Tatyana Tolstaya

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Darkness comes early. There is a damp frost; you can see spiky halos around the streetlamps. You have to breathe through your mittens. Your forehead aches from the cold, and your cheeks are numb. But, wouldn’t you know it, you still have to boil and chill the aspic. It’s a yearly sacrifice, though we don’t know to whom or for what.

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Hip-Hop Lifestyle Branding and Russian Ethno-Nationalism: The Case of Timati

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On Vladimir Putin’s sixty-third birthday, Russian rapper and businessman Timur Yunusov — better known by his stage name, “Timati” — released a music video featuring the hook “My best friend is President Putin.” To those unfamiliar with Timati and Russian popular culture, the song was a comical artifact of Putin’s rule over an enigmatic country dominated by kitsch propaganda and undying loyalty to its “supreme leader.” But Timati’s presence in contemporary Russian society extends far beyond his birthday gift to Putin.

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Faces of Fear: An Investigation of Horror Cinema Guided by Leonid Lipavsky (Part I)

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There’s something too light and easy about the way blood abandons its home and becomes a self-sufficient, warmish puddle—which may be living or not. Slowly leaving its captivity, it begins its own impersonal life—a life alien to us from its beginning—just the same kind of life as the trees or the grass live. It’s a red ‘plant among the green ones.

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Call for Submissions

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We welcome your short pitches and/or completed drafts of 500-1200 words on any topic relating to Russian, East European, and Eurasian politics and culture. Please see our submission guidelines for more details!

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