This page is a structured archive of the better and best posts from Da Russophile from 2008-2014.
The material falls into four major sections, which will be covered sequentially below:
- Blog posts about Russia that were, at least originally, published at Da Russophile.
- Blog posts that were part of Special Series, such as the US-Russia.com Expert Panels, The Kremlin Clans, Interviews, National Comparisons between Russia, the UK, and the US, and Patrick Armstrong’s RF Sitreps.
- The full catalogue of translations from The Russian Spectrum, a site that I had set up to carry out English-language translations from the Russian media.
- Anatoly Karlin’s journalism about Russia in MSM outlets such as Voice of Russia, RT, and Al Jazeera.
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Blog Posts about Russia
This section contains all the better blog posts about Russia on this blog; arranged thematically, they are otherwise organized by chronological order. Note that some of these posts have been migrated to Anatoly Karlin’s main blog.
Started in 2008 at the height of the so-called “New Cold War” (pictured above is its first header banner, in all its dorky glory), when the chief Economist Russia editor alternately described it as “fascist” or “Mordor,” Da Russophile has been exposing Western myths about Russia ever since. It aims to bring relevant facts, statistics, and Russian voices (via opinion polls) to a “discussion” all too often dominated by politicized rhetoric.
I was one of the earliest analysts to predict Russia’s demographic revival, provided a stream of original translations from the Russian media, and made the most comprehensive English-language roundup of statistical arguments for fraud in the 2011 elections. What!? Indeed, it’s not a PR project; I take seriously the Guardian’s adage that “comment is free, but facts are sacred,” even if its current incarnation has all but forgotten about that. Read the best of the blog here.
I also contributed to Jon Hellevig’s and Alexander Latsa’s 2012 Russia politics anthology Putin’s New Russia (pdf).
KGB 101 (Core Articles)
- Welcome to Da Russophile – First post.
- Reading Russia Right – My second post on this blog, and still as relevant as ever.
- Towards a New Russian Century? – First foray into futurism.
- Kremlin Dreams Sometimes Come True – Stagnation isn’t the future.
- Top 50 Russophobe Myths – A huge set of arguments against the anti-Russian consensus in the West (disclaimer: while I don’t fully agree with many of them, it would be a good exercise for the Kremlinologists to try to refute them). See original version with 10 myths.
- Responses to Common Russophobe “Arguments” – identifies some common red herrings and strawmen used by Russophobes to attack their opponents.
- Categorizing the Russia Debate – Dated but of historical interest.
- Why Russians like Putin’s Russia
- Rosstat and Levada are Russophobia’s Bane – Why the data from Russia’s statistics service and opinion polls overturn practically every Kremlinologist canard about “repressive”, “declining” Russia. See The Kremlinologist Catechism (separately published at Russian Life magazine) for summary.
- The World Russia Forum 2012: How To Counter Media Bias Against Russia? – Account of Washington D.C. conference organized by Edward Lozansky aimed to improving Western media coverage of Russia.
- The 5 Types of Russian American – Somewhat un-PC but true.
- Da Russophile Is Now Five Years Old – See also the companion post at my main blog.
- The World Russia Forum 2013 – Second major D.C. conference.
- I Will Now be Blogging at The Unz Review
- The End of Da Russophile
Mafia State (Politics, Democracy, Whataboutism)
- The End of Western Freedom (and why Russians should ignore their hypocritical lectures)
- Wikileaks As A Mirror On The West – The persecution of Assange and what it says about the Western commitment to human rights.
- Are Russian Elections Rigged?: Opinion Polls Speak Louder Than Western Rhetoric – They actually are, somewhat, but you can’t tell that from opinion polls.
- But Always, A Hero Comes Home
- Unraveling The Tandem Switch
- BRIC’s of Stability: Why Occupy Wall Street Isn’t Coming To Moscow Or Beijing
- Kremlin Oligarch Brutally Censors Long-Suffering Russian Media (From Printing Gratuitous Profanities)
- Measuring Churov’s Beard: The Mathematics Of Russian Election Fraud – By far the most comprehensive roundup of statistical evidence of electoral fraud in the 2011 Russian elections in the English language.
- List Of Estimates On Fraud In Russia’s 2011 Duma Elections – United Russia got about 7-9% more than it should have.
- Translation: Sergey Lukyanenko – I Will Vote For Putin – Russia’s bestselling sci-fi writer explains why he likes Putin.
- The Provincialization Of Russian Electoral Fraud
- Why Golos’ Own Figures Support Only 3%-6% Fraud
- Quiz: Did This Happen In Russia Or A Democratic Country?
- Why Statistics Only Support 3%-6% Fraud
- List Of Estimates On Fraud In Russia’s 2012 Presidential Elections – Putin got 4-5% more than he should have.
- Seven Myths About The Russian Elections – As argued by Evgeny Minchenko (translation).
- Russian Journalists Are Far Safer Than Mexican Journalists, Ordinary Russians, And Their Own Counterparts Under Yeltsin – Statistical analysis that demonstrates that Russian journalists are in fact much safer than their counterparts in a variety of acknowledged “democracies” like Mexico, Brazil, and India – not to mention their own tribe in the 1990’s.
- Hipsters And Democratic Journalists Might Not Support Putin, But The Middle Class Does
- Assange Should Have Picked The Russian Embassy
- Natalia Zubarevich – The Four Russias – Translation of a sociological analysis of Russia and why Putin’s support will decline.
- What Political System do Russians Prefer? – Originally from The Russian Spectrum
- Should I Give Up Already?
- Lessons From The Snowden Affair
- Were the 2013 Moscow Elections falsified?
- From RIA to Russia Today* (not RT)
Dying Bear (Demography)
- Demography III – Faces of the Future – Demographic model on Russia’s future population trajectory. See part 1, part 2.
- Myth of the Russian AIDS Apocalypse – Russia won’t be overrun by AIDS.
- Myth of the Yellow Peril – Siberia won’t be overrun by Chinese.
- Rite of Spring: Russia Fertility Trends
- Through the Looking Glass at Russia’s Demography – Short summary of why Russia’s demographic “crisis” isn’t as bad as it’s cracked up to be.
- Russia’s “Abortion Apocalypse”: А был ли мальчик?
- Crisis Demography in Eurasia
- Ten Myths about Russia’s Demography – why Russia is unlikely to see significant population decline in the foreseeable future. See summary.
- Russia’s Brain Drain Abates, Just As Western Media Starts Hyping It
- Nikolai Starikov – How Russian Liberals Create Russophobe Myths – How the media created the trope that everyone wants to flee Russia.
- Maksim Schweiz – It’s Time To Shove Off To Belarus!
- Russia Demographic Update VII – On the various models and how my predictions have been vindicated.
- Translation: Sergey Zhuravlev – The Reversal Of The “Russian Cross”
- A Meeting With A Demographer – My meeting with Russian demographic “doomer” Nicholas Eberstadt.
- Russia’s Demography Continues To Improve Rapidly In First 3 Months Of 2012
- Was Russia In A Demographic Apocalypse In The First Place? – I compare Russia’s post-Soviet demographic trajectory to those of other CEE countries and find that it actually did relatively well.
- Russia’s Demography Continues To Exceed Even *My* Most Optimistic Predictions
- Major Misconceptions About The Dima Yakovlev Law – Clearing up the media BS over Russia’s orphans.
- The Russian Cross Becomes A Hexagon – Natural population growth in 2012, more or less.
- The Rapid And Mostly Unnoticed Decline Of Abortion In Russia
- A Demographic Zastoi In Russia?
- Demography And Leaping To Conclusions
- From Russia To Russabia? Not Anytime Soon
- Russia’s Demographics Continue to Steadily Improve
- The “Normalization” of Russia’s Demographics
Potemkin Russia (Economy)
- Russia Economic Crisis III – In retrospect was very wrong here.
- Reconsidering Parshev
- The Transition 20 Years On: The Reckoning – Belarus did surprisingly well!
- Why Russia is cemented to the Other BRICs – Why Russia’s economic prospects are more than bright enough to place it in the same group as China, India and Brazil. See similar.
- Russia Burning: Not Apocalypse, but its Prelude
- Russia’s Economic “Stagnation” In Global Perspective – 4% annual GDP growth for a country of Russia’s income level is actually pretty good!
- More Russians Vacationing Abroad
- Russian Wages Are Fast Converging To Western Levels – As measured by McWages.
- Russia Overtaking USSR, Converging With West, On Food, Housing Consumption – Let the stats do the talking.
- Russia Is Now An Internet Society – Passing the 50% barrier. Originally at The Russian Spectrum.
- Russia Now Produces As Many Cars As The USSR Did At Its Peak
- Alex Mercouris On The Cyprus Deal
- Russian Is The Internet’s Second Most Popular Language
- Russians Produce 7 Cars For Every 10 They Buy
- Russia Moving Into The Fastlane
- Russia’s Economic “Stagnation” In Global Perspective: Continued
- Russia Overtakes Germany To Become Europe’s Largest Economy
- The Russian Aerospace Industry is Rapidly Recovering
- Impressions of the Saint-Petersburg International Economic Forum – By Alexander Mercouris.
Nigeria with Snow (Corruption)
- The Red Slope to Caviar Road
- Corruption Realities Index 2010 – An alternative to the subjective and unreliable CPI from Transparency International.
- How NOT To Be A Whistleblower In Russia: The Case Of Yevgeny Starshov
- Names Of The Oligarchs On A Map Of The Motherland*
- Chinese Netizens Praise Russian Democracy, Accountability
- Russia’s Budget Is Getting More Transparent – It’s more open than that of Poland, Georgia, and Germany.
- Russia’s Corruption In Comparative International Perspective
- Storm In A BVI Teacup
- Bribery in Russia has either Recently Soared… or Plummeted
- Serdyukov is Charged
- Sochi-Adler Krasnaya Polyana Panorama
Democratic Journalists (Kompromat)
- A Gem (or rather, a Ring) from Lucas – The Economist’s Russia hand compares Putin to Sauron.
- Grenade Fishing on the Potomac, Or: The Idiocy of George F. Will
- Translation: Ksenia Larina – Radio Liberty, The Liberty of Mendacity
- Russophobe Hack Exposed, or: The Misadventures of Dorothée Olliéric of France-2
- Paul Goble, Promethean Propagandist – Uncovering possibly the most deceitful Russia “analyst” writing today.
- Guardian Censorship: Some Comments Are Freer Than Others
- Edward McMillan-Scott, Lord Of Western Tropes On Russia
- United Russia Steals Votes, And The WSJ Steals Others’ Work
- Far More People Protested FOR Putin Than Against, But You Wouldn’t Know It From The Western Media
- The World’s Sleaziest Magazine On Putin’s Election Victory
- Peter Savodnik: Portrait Of A Democratic Journalist
- Blast From The Past: What Andrew Miller Predicted About Russia In 2000
- The World’s Sleaziest Magazine Plumbs New Lows
- Alex Dryden, A Hack’s Hack
- Is Luke Harding Taking A Leaf From Figes?
- Blast From The Past: What Jim Rogers Said About Russia In 2003
- So Apparently Germany Is A Christian Theocracy (Michael Bohm)
- Triumphs Of Kremlinology (Michael McFaul and Kathryn Stoner-Weiss)
- Konstantin von Eggert: A Case Study In Democratic Journalism (part 1) – And see also part 2, part 3, part 4.
- The Guardian On China And Russia
- So Who’s The New Clown At The Economist’s Russia Desk?
- Andrew Ryvkin’s Strange Ideas About The Russian Economy
- The Guardian Censors You Even If You Don’t Overtly Disagree With Them – What the Guardian considers dangerous.
- Liberal Butthurt Over The Depardieu Defection
- Kathy Lally Didn’t Get Any Flowers Today. How Sad.
- And They Say Mark Adomanis Is A Putin Stooge
- Mark Adomanis: Do As US Officials Say, Or Else!…
- James Kirchick: Vapid, Bloviating Troll
- A Conversation with Weiss
- A Short Guide to Lazy Russia Journalism – By Nils van der Vegte with some editing from myself.
Hero Dissidents (Liberal Opposition)
- Comrade Kasparov – Charlatan or Bolshevik?
- Translation: Tatyana Korchevnaya – On Liberal Web Brigades – Disillusioned Russian liberal reveals how her comrades used oppressive “web brigade” tactics to quench pro-Kremlin voices (even as they accused the Kremlin of doing it to them).
- Translation: On Liberasts and Liberasty
- The Boris Bombshell. Two Years Later. Still a Dud. – Boris Nemtsov’s lies on Russian demography.
- Boris Berezovsky: Godfather of Strategy-31 Abroad? – How Sidelnikov and Goldfarb are plotting in London.
- And The Wheel Spins On
- Prokhorov, President Of Londongrad
- Liberals Can’t Be Appeased – An eternal constant.
- Boris Releases His Eighth (?) Dud
- A Brief Intro To The Navalny Case
- Navalny’s Promises To Put Putin In Jail
Crimes of the Regime (Litvinenko, Khodorkovsky, Pussy Riot, etc)
- Lying Liars and their Lies
- Trolling The Liberasts About Khodorkovsky
- Exercises in Banality: The Moral Preening By Khodorkovsky Apologists
- Given Free Publicity On NTV, Khodorkovsky Only Incriminates Himself Further
- Is Khodorkovsky A Political Prisoner? Read The ECHR Judgments Before Quacking – So he was guilty.
- The Guardian’s Pussy Worship
- It’s A Culture War, Stupid
- Mark Feygin Treating Pussies Badly
- An Examination of Navalny’s Trial and Conviction
Neo-Soviet Revanchism (Foreign Policy)
- The Western Media, Craven Shills for their Neocon Masters – How the Western media systemically lied about Russia invading Georgia.
- Twitter Terror: Unraveling the Unrest in Moldova
- The People’s Choice, or how Ukrainians are learning to stop worrying and love Eurasia
- Russia isn’t hated by (most of) its neighbors – Going by opinion polls.
- Why Russia And China Won’t Fight – Necessary reading for all the Bear vs. Dragon budding sci-fi writers.
- A Response To Vadim Nikitin’s Arguments For The “Liberation” Of Khodorkovsky And The Kuriles
- The Russophobes Were Right… (About The Wrong Country)
- Potemkin Georgia: Exposing The Lies Of The Saakashvili PR Machine – Not what it’s cracked up to be.
- Jaan Kaplinski – From Confrontation To Reconciliation – One of the best and most balanced accounts of Russia-Estonian relations.
- Edward Lozansky – America Hates A Russia Of Its Own Invention
- Quick Impressions On Ukraine Elections 2012
- Why De-Russification Isn’t On The Cards
- A Very Brief History of China-Russia Relations – By Alexander Mercouris
Vatnik Galore (2014 Ukraine Crisis)
- What is Ukraine’s Game Plan?
- Ukraine’s Turn to the East: A Geopolitical Accident
- “Everything is annihilated”: the split of Ukraine on the basis of economic data (important text). – Vital primer on the Ukrainian economy. Translation by Nils van der Vegte.
- The Coup in Ukraine
- Ukraine, the Nuland Leak, and the Amnesty Law
- Propaganda and the Narrative
- Russia Sees Ukraine’s Future in the Past – Translation by Nils van der Vegte.
- Five Myths about the Crimean Referendum
- The Lavrov-Kerry Meeting
- Deconstructing the Result of the Four Party Talks
- Why Constitutional Talks in the Ukraine Should Start Now
- Massacre in Odessa
- The “Anti-Terrorist Operation” in the Ukraine has been a Disaster
Stalin Worship (History)
- Victory Day Special: The Poisonous Myths of the Eastern Front – explains how popular views of the Eastern Front are dominated by the memoirs of self-serving former Wehrmacht officers, who glossed over German war crimes and wrongly attributed the Red Army’s victories to its manpower superiority.
- Translation: The Case of the “Stalinist” Textbook – many commented on the infamous chapter from Filippov’s textbook that apparently “glorifies” Stalinism. Only I bothered translating it so that you can make your own judgments. See summary.
- Manipulating Russia’s Manipulation of History
- The Nazi-Soviet Pact as Second Munich
- Review of “Behind the Urals” by John Scott
- Review of “Moscow War Diary” by Alexander Werth
- Lessons from Byzantium – Discussed the documentary by Archimandrite Tikhon Shevkunov, the father-confessor of Vladimir Putin.
- Reconciling Stalin with Victory – explains why Russians have ambiguous feelings towards Stalin on the basis of their wartime experience.
- The Soviet Economy – Charting Failure
- Russian Anti-Semitism, Or Just Affirmative Action In Action?
- Georgians Are The Biggest Stalinists
- Russia’s Best Leader was… Brezhnev! – Originally at The Russian Spectrum.
- The Russian Imperialist Genocide In Chechnya
The Russian Slave Soul (Semi-Mystical Musings)
- Putvedev is Russia’s White Rider
- Reconsidering Parshev
- Russia’s Sisyphean Loop – My huge essay on a “unified theory” of Russian history drawing on geography, cultural traditions, imperial cycles and belief dynamics. See a defense of the theory.
- The Struggle between Europe and Mankind – An exposition of Nikolai Trubetzkoy’s 1920 essay Europe and Mankind, in which he argues that the notion of European supremacy is born of a misguided egocentricity.
- On Defending The Soviet Union
Icons and Cockroaches (Russian Society & Culture)
- Russia’s Sex Traditions
- A Short Guide to the Top 10 Russia Blogs
- Whiskey Trickles Into Russia’s Drinking Culture – How a niche market is developing around whiskey in Russia.
- The Geography Of Russia’s IQ
- Sex, Scandal, And The Russian Opposition
- Why Are Russian Chicks So Hot?
- Russian Women Enjoy Being Women
- Analysis Of Russia’s PISA 2009 Results
- The Decline Of Russian Skinheads
- Are Caucasians Stealing Russian University Places? The Data Says, “Probably Not.”
- Cheating In The Unified State Exams
- 2 Murders, 3 Years, 12 Families: Why Pugachev Residents are Angry
- Why 80 Chechens can “Own” A Russian City of 40,000 People
Kremlin Mole (Anti-Kremlin, “Russophobe” Posts)
- In which I criticize Vladimir Putin – That is, praise by faint critiques.
- Russia’s Bizarre Preoccupation With The Idea Of The “National Idea”
- A Genuine Case Of Miscarried Justice
- Translation: A Hell Of Their Own Making – Perhaps my biggest complaint about Russians, right up there with their kowtowing to the West.
- No Rainbow in Russia – Opinion Polls on Homosexuality
- The Stupid Witchhunt Against Levada
- Why Jailing Navalny is a Great Idea
- A Bizarre Pardon
Special Series on Da Russophile
Occasionally, Da Russophile blog posts were organized into thematic series, which are listed below.
Special Series: List
- US-Russia.com Expert Panels – Project by Edward Lozansky’s US-Russia.org to solicit weekly articles from Anglophone Russia watchers that were reprinted by Voice of Russia. The project is still ongoing, but I’m not longer part of it.
- The Kremlin Clans – Beginning with my translation of Vladimir Pribylovsky’s analysis of Russian clan politics as of 2010, this coalesced into an attempt to chart the shifting influence of the various security and oligarchic groups around Putin.
- Interviews – A series of interviews with some of the leading Russia watchers of the early 2010s such as Kevin Rothrock, Peter Lavelle, and Mark Chapman, as well as two interviews of myself – including one very amusing one with La Russophobe, the onetime enfant terrible of the Russia watching world.
- National Comparisons – Systematic comparison of life, media, politics, and traditions in Russia, Britain, and the US (hosted at my main blog).
- Patrick Armstrong’s RF Sitreps – Six of Patrick’s well-know RF sitreps, produced during the short-lived attempt to make Da Russophile into a self-sustained group blog. The great historical bulk of Patrick’s Russia Sitreps are at ROPV, but most new ones will be appearing at Russia Insider.
- New Year Predictions – I used to do New Year Predictions – and discussions of the outcomes of previous ones – on both Russia and the wider world. Are located at my main blog, but somewhat relevant to Russia.
- Wikileaks Cables – Discussions of the State Department cables released by Wikileaks in late 2010. Three posts there are relevant to Russia: A Caucasus Wedding, Russia Arming The Rest, and Chechnya, A Once And Future War?
Russophile Cabal (US-Russia.org Expert Panels)
- Should The US Fight A New Cold War With Russia, Or Cooperate With Russia To Integrate The Gap?
- In Which I Become A Liberast: Criticism Of Russia’s Expulsion Of USAID
- What Happened In Georgia Was An Oligarchic Coup
- Putin’s Birthday, Birth Of A Legacy
- The Flight From Reason – The West’s Cold War Against Russia
- Obama, Romney, And The Reset
- A Chess Game To The Death
- If Sunlight Is The Best Disinfectant, Why Is The Russian Mafia State Opening The Blinds?
- What I Learned From Freedom House…
- A Values Chasm That Can’t Be Bridged… At Least For Now
- The Juche Response To British Lawlessness
- The West Made Its Bed, Now Russia Will Lie In China’s
- Russia Needs To Develop Its “Hard” Soft Power
- What’s Good for the Goose is Gaffed by the Gander
- No Use Crying Over Leaked Milk – Let Alone Threatening Sanctions Over It
- Eurasian Integration Is A Liberal Project Opposed By Neocon Bolsheviks
- Shredding Sochi… in a Good Way
Kremlinological Tea Leaves (The Kremlin Clans)
- Translation: Russia’s Phantom Tandem, Real Triumvirate and the Kremlin Clan Wars – Translation of Vladimir Pribylovsky’s analysis on who’s who in the Kremlin and my own thoughts on the limits of “clan war” analysis.
- Visualizing The Kremlin Clans – Joint project with Kevin Rothrock to present Pribylovsky’s work in graphic form.
- The Anti-Clan Revolution – Does 2012 mark the end of the Kremlin clans? Translation.
Putin Trolls (Interviews)
- My Interview at Siberian Light – my first interview.
- The Russia Watchers In Their Own Words…
- Interview with Kevin Rothrock (A Good Treaty)
- Interview with Peter Lavelle (Russia Today)
- In Which La Russophobe Interviews The Russophile Sociopath Blogging At Sublime Oblivion – Possibly the most entertaining creation in the history of Russia watching: “This is like matter and antimatter coming together.”
- Interview with Mark Chapman (The Kremlin Stooge)
Whataboutism (National Comparisons)
- Introduction: Comparison of USA, UK, Russia
- National Comparisons: Freedom And Security
- National Comparisons: The People
- National Comparisons: Everyday Life
- National Comparisons: Politics & Media
- Conclusion: Comparison of USA, UK, Russia
Anatoly Karlin’s Writings about Russia Elsewhere
My Russia journalism outside Da Russophile.
Mouth of Sauron (My Russia Journalism)
Apart from these, most of my Expert Panel contributions were reprinted by Voice of Russia, and about a dozen of my Russia articles have been published by the major Russian translation website Inosmi.
Blog & social media:
- AKarlin.com – Anything non-journalistic/academic I write in the future about Russia will appear at my personal website, where I additionally blog about my various other interests such as world history, transhumanism, evolutionary psychology, and psychometrics.
- Facebook – Follow my updates on Russia. Unless you know me personally or have at least had substantial online communications with me, please Subscribe instead of Friending me (I don’t accept Friend requests from unknown people).
- @akarlin88 – Follow me on Twitter. I regularly tweet about Russia, geopolitics, history, evolutionary psychology, etc.
- YouTube – My YouTube channel.
Author profiles at MSM websites:
Individual articles, interviews:
- I Appear on Al-Jazeera
- The Kremlinologist Catechism (Russian Life) – Summary of how Rosstat and Levada disprove multiple Russophobe claims.
- My Article On The Russian Elections At Al Jazeera – There were falsifications, including major ones in Moscow.
- Al Jazeera On Elections And White Ribbons – Interview with AJ.
- My (Second) Article On The Russian Elections At Al Jazeera – Protests aren’t going to amount to much and Putin’s win was legitimate enough.
- My Piece On Pussy Riot At Al Jazeera – They’d have probably been imprisoned in Germany too.
- My Article For Komsomolskaya Pravda On Press Freedoms In Russia And The West – Commentary on Reporters Without Borders’ latest bizarre report equating Russia’s media freedoms with Zimbabwe.
- I Appear On RT To Discuss Euromaidan
The Russian Spectrum
I launched The Russian Spectrum in May 2013 with the aim of making translations from the Russian press available to audiences in the West; a kind of English-language Inosmi, if you will.
The Russia Debate forum aimed to provide a central hub for Russia watchers from all over the political spectrum to engage in intelligent and mutually civil discussions about Russia today, its past, and its future prospects.