Metro 2033: Multimedia Online Fiction. Cruel but beautiful
Russian shooter Metro 2033
and its upcoming sequel, Metro: Last Light
are arguably two of the most polished games to come out of a country better known for the buggy, idiosyncratic work of GSC Game World
and Ice-Pick Lodge
. Less well-known is the games' source material, a self-published, soundtrack-backed online novel of the same name
Russian Video from Russia
does what it says, providing a variety of videos from Russia, presented in English or with English subtitles, and brief descriptions of the videos. You can check out videos as they're posted, or sort through by categories (including customs
, musical video
, science and technology
, and movie for the weekend
). This last category ranges from Russian Sherlock Holmes movies
to a traditional New Year romantic comedy
, a documentary on Yuri Gagarin
to a classic Russian children's tale of Old Hottabych
, an old genie freed in modern times
Some Russian wedding photos.
One or two of them might have been photoshopped. Related video
, featuring the white birch
, which is Russia's national tree.
is a charming group of grannies
from the village of Buranovo in Udmurtia
, Russia who came one place away from being the national entry to last year's Eurovision with their crowd-pleasing folk number. Since then, they've been covering a few western classics in their native language. Here's a few: Yesterday
; and Let it Be
"God is totally down with sexpionage, at least according to the Zomet Institute, an organization dedicated to interpreting Jewish law for modern living" -- on the Mossad's precursor to Russia’s femme fatale spy Anna Chapman
more than 400 photographs in Moscow
and St. Petersburg with his hand held Graflex camera
, a state-of-the-art device that allowed its user to shoot without a tripod. His photographs of pedestrians, street vendors and aristocrats are rare glimpses of everyday life before the upheavals of World War I and the Bolshevik Revolution — and sparked huge interest in Russia among history buffs and local museums."
(aka composer Pavel Karmanov
) is a YouTube user who has uploaded numerous videos featuring performances of contemporary/classical music from the former Soviet Union... [more inside]
"Legendary" Russian movie studio Mosfilm
is posting some it's most famous films on its youtube channel
. They will be posting 5 new legendary Soviet films per week. They expect to have 200 uploaded by end of year. Most have English subtitles. [more inside]
Current TV previously & previously
, the media company founded by Al Gore after the 2000 election, has picked up the kinds of in depth long form journalism being rapidly dropped by major networks, but has been tantalizingly unavailable for those without cable; until now. They have been putting their Vanguard episodes up on their website and on YouTube. [more inside]
Finnish YouTube user Ishexan
has uploaded seven English subtitled movies in parts: Broken Blossoms
), The Gipsy Charmer
), The Tragedy of Elina
), The Activists
), The Wooden Pauper's Bride
), and Sampo
), which is based on the epic poem The Kalevala
. The films are mostly Finnish, though Aelita
is a silent Russian sci-fi film, and Sampo
was a joint Finnish and Soviet production. More film clips inside (mostly Finnish documentaries and "dorky musical numbers"). [more inside]
Nadezhda Korotkaya, 77, a widow who lives alone in her small wooden house on the edge of Stary Vyshkov, still remembers the World War II. "The Germans came and went," she said. "But Chernobyl came here to stay."
It was 25 years ago today that reactor number four at the Chernobyl power plant exploded, following an emergency shutdown (detailed recounting of the disaster on Wikipedia
). A memorial was held in Kiev, Ukraine
, this morning for the liquidators
who were the first human responders, with a bell struck at the exact moment of the Chernobyl explosion on April 26, 1986
. See also: a look back, with The Big Picture
. [more inside]
Google Translated from nub1an's livejournal
Some stunning wilderness-travelogue photography from Russian trekker and (self-described-)amateur photographer "nub1an" (Ilya Kondrashov).
Livejournal has been straining to keep up service in the face of repeated DDoS attacks
are being pointed
at the Kremlin
, but others
are skeptical. While often associated with media fandom in the English speaking world, Livejournal is extremely popular in Russia
, and home to presidents
) alike. [more inside]
"..explores the everyday life and the material, political, and literary culture of St. Petersburg [..]
at the beginning of the twentieth century. It maps eleven itineraries through the city with the purpose of creating a palpable sense of life in Russia's late imperial capital on the eve of the 1917 revolution and during the subsequent decade." [About
] [more inside]
Voina are a group of revolutionary artists. The most controversial of all was Voina's final stunt before the arrests, which the artists called "Palace Revolution". Members overturned seven police cars, some of them with officers inside, at St Petersburg's Palace Square one night last September.
Obviously, a group called "war," is going to attract a certain amount of controversy
, but they're also going to attract some allies
Right now, they're just trying to dodge the fuzz. Who knows? Maybe they're just dicks
Six months ago, MetaFilter discussed Russian LGBT activist Nikolai Alexeyev's disappearance
. This past week, an interview with him was aired on Gay USA
. (Interview starts around 30m10s, and runs for 17m30s ) Episode also available as audio only
, and available through iTunes
as a free podcast. [more inside]
... history is written by the winners. That's the philosophy behind "The Last Ringbearer," a novel set during and after the end of the War of the Ring... and told from the point of view of the losers. ... In Yeskov's retelling, the wizard Gandalf is a war-monger intent on crushing the scientific and technological initiative of Mordor and its southern allies because science "destroys the harmony of the world and dries up the souls of men!"
"In 2006 I was invited to take part in one of the great adventures of modern broadcasting – conquering the booming Russian television market
." Peter Pomerantsev remembers his time in the Russian television industry
. [more inside]
"In a small, remote village in the Udmurt Republic of Russia,
photographer Lucia Ganieva discovered a wonderful anomaly in home decoration — the interiors of practically every home in the village feature room-size photographic murals of 'exotic' scenes, which symbolize the distant places that the home-dwellers will never visit, except in their dreams." Via wood s lot
Security advisor Brian Krebs
on the 'hacking' of web dating site Plenty of fish
by Chris Russos
The funny thing about the National Anthem of the Soviet Union
is that through the sixty-so years of its existence the lyrics were written all by one man. [more inside]
Deep in the forests of Russia’s Far East, the last Siberian tigers are under siege by runaway logging and poachers who get paid $30,000 per carcass. One tiger decided to fight back. [more inside]
Beg, Steal, or Borrow: New Beats From Moscow
Nice look at some brokenbeat/glitch/electronica/hiphop musicians in Russia, with embedded songs, a couple of mixtapes and links to lots
of free listening
. [more inside]
In the scale of its intensity, its destructiveness and its horror, Stalingrad has no parallel. It engaged the full strength of the two biggest armies in Europe and could fit into no lesser framework than that of a life-and-death conflict which encompasses the earth.
- The New York Times, February 4, 1943 [more inside]
The Russian mafia and criminals have their own type of music
. It's called shanson
[chanson]. A couple of contemporary examples by Michael Krug- Kolschik
and Lesovopal- Sit Boy
l Arcadiy Severnyj
(1939-1980) was considered the king of street (prison-folk) songs. Shanson
MyRadio channel. [more inside]
Russian films worth watching
l Russian cuisine
l War Witness films
l from rt.com the first Russian 24/7 English-language news channel which brings the Russian view on global news.
The Russia Today YouTube channel
. [more inside]
Czar Nicholas II was an early and ardent fan of film, and commanded that some of the significant events of his life be captured on celluloid: including his coronation
in 1896 (the first film of a state occasion anywhere, nicely narrated and expanded upon at the HowStuffWorks video site
), and the retreat with his family in 1917
(a repost from the excellent but difficult to navigate WPA Film Library
). More (still, color) film from Czarist Russia previously on Metafilter.
Color Photos of the Russian Front
Even though color photography was no longer entirely a novelty by the time of the Second World War, it is still uncommon and intriguing to see color photos from the war. Even moreso in this case, as the pictures in this EnglishRussia.com post are mainly of the German army fighting in Russia. The images include scenes of actual combat as well as behind the lines, though there was only one I noticed that featured a wounded soldier. There's even a picture of some GIs near the end of the series.
Insane russian biker (youtube)
takes a Yamaha R1
down the Warsaw highway
is taking off in a land where it is too cold to ride for half the year.
Concerns for the safety
of Russian lgbt activist Nikolai Alexeyev
. "After passing passport control at Moscow’s Domodedovo airport, Mr Alekseev’s boarding pass was cancelled and his luggage unloaded from the plane upon a request from Russian authorities. He was taken into custody around 19:00 MSD, and has not yet been released.
" Text messages stating that he was withdrawing his case before the ECHR
and seeking asylum in Belarus are believed to be fake
or coerced under torture.
Russia Uses Microsoft to Suppress Dissent
- Adding to its long-running series
on corruption and abuse in post-Communist Russia, the New York Times has reported on Russian authorities using the pretext of software piracy to seize computers from journalists and political dissidents critical of current policies. In a surprising twist, lawyers representing Microsoft have been found working with Russian police, despite reporters and NGOs providing evidence of legitimate software purchases. An official response
to the NYT piece suggests impostors claim to represent Microsoft in Russia, and notes the company's offer of free software licenses to these and similar groups.
A fascinating look at some interesting, and at times mind-boggling, arrays of dials and switches
RussianFilter: Historical Chronicles
with Nikolai Svanidze
is an ongoing Russian television documentary series which, starting with 1901, picks out one person per year, every year, of the 100 years of the 20th century in Russia. It's entirely in Russian, of course, but for them as speaks it, it's one fascinating perspective on Russian history, with excellent narration, copious detail, and fascinating interconnections of events, people and places. All of the episodes that are available through Google Video and various other sources, and [more inside]
"During the 1860s, several photographers based in Moscow and St. Petersburg produced series of cartes-de-visite showing Russian 'types.' These remarkable portraits
provide a fascinating record of working-class townspeople, artisans, street vendors and peasants, some staged performing an activity, such as drinking tea or gaming, and some photographed in the performance of their occupation."