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There was a brief period in the history of the journal Ogonek when its publisher was Leonid Bershidsky, a well-known journalist who had achieved success in a number of formats. Bershidsky tried to reform Ogonek, reorienting it toward a younger and more successful readership (while the attempt was successful, it is not really possible to speak of the result: a few months after the reforms began, the journal’s investor changed his mind and brought back the previous editor-in-chief, Viktor Loshak). Among the many innovations that rapidly died out, it is worth remembering one in particular – a series of comics called Push&Go in...

02.04.2009
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Общество

Discussion: Do we need a law on the denigration of historical memory? Sergey Shoigu’s recent proposal to criminalize the distortion of history and the denial of the Soviet victory in the Great Patriotic War was apparently on the verge of acquiring the status of a legislative bill. Surprisingly, however, the core group of the United Russia party refused to support the initiative of one of the party’s most prominent representatives. The rejection was even more surprising given that the proposal had been supported in various forms by the head of United Russia, Boris Gryzlov, and even the Prosecutor General, Viktor Chaiko. It is...

30.03.2009
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Общество

On March 24, 1999, NATO’s combined forces began Operation Allied Force against Yugoslavia. It is worth remembering these events from ten years ago, as they help us to understand how the world has changed in the time since, including how Russia and Russian society have changed. Such a round figure provides a good opportunity to take stock. The bombing of Yugoslavia in certain ways can be seen as the last war of the era before the invention of the enemy of all that is good, an enemy which goes under the name “international terrorism.” More precisely, the justification for the use of limited force anywhere in the world had not...

24.03.2009
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Общество

The current Constitution of the Russian Federation took effect on the date of its publication in Rossiyskaya gazeta – December 25, 1993. However, Constitution Day, which until recently was an official holiday, was celebrated on December 12 when it was adopted by popular vote. The reason for this popular vote was a decree issued by President Boris Yeltsin on October 15, 1993. It is not difficult to put two and two together and see that this decree was issued immediately following the dramatic events of early October – the dispersal of the Supreme Soviet and the effective termination of the Russian Soviet Constitution of 1978. The...

12.12.2008
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Общество

On November 22, the main events marking the 75th anniversary of the Famine were held in Kiev. This date was naturally one that we couldn’t get past in Ukraine. Preparations for the commemoration had been seriously underway since early 2007. In April 2008, the Cabinet of Ministers allocated 7.4 million hryvnia for the events, which were planned to be held across the entire country. Aside from “official” commemorations in the capital, an information campaign was designed to increase lessons in schools on the memory of the Famine and compile lists of victims. Ukrainian officials participated in an international “eternal...

22.11.2008
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Общество

This Tuesday, mankind noted the anniversary of what is perhaps the most important and happiest date in the history of the 20th century – the end of World War II. Russians relate to this date with a bit of bewilderment until we realize that May 9 signified the end of the Great Patriotic War. After a pause, there was still the Battle of Manchuria (the Soviet Union never entered Japan, by the way, although an operation in Hokkaido was planned). The generals of the Kwantung army surrendered to the Soviet troops for three weeks, and only on September 2 did Mamoru Shigemitsu, Japan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Yoshijiro Umezu,...

03.09.2008
Rubric: Articles
Subject: Общество

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