Mishka, the Russian Winter, and Terror in the Homeland

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“Now is the winter of our discontent” – William Shakespeare

“Civilization originates in conquest abroad and repression at home.” – Stanley Diamond

Well, the thaw may be on, but winter in Russia is just getting started!  And sleepy Mishka (the Bear; or is it the Tundra Mammoth) is now facing the voice of a people clamoring at his door. Across the globe, the hunter and the hunted are exchanging places.  As much as the (generally) Western media likes to portray the recent political demonstrations in Russia as yet another desperate call for real democracy, they may be woefully  disappointed and disillusioned.  I do not know if the Russians are sick of Putin, or just plain sick of politics as usual and the bureaucratic power hierarchies; perhaps, not unlike their American counterparts.

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About kulturcritic

With a doctorate in religious studies from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree from the University of Chicago, Sandy had a ten-year academic career, with appointments at University of Virginia and the Colorado School of Mines. He spent the next twenty years in executive ranks at several of America’s largest international firms, including Computer Sciences Corporation, Ernst & Young, and General Electric. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe and North America, as well as parts of Eurasia and Africa. For the past five years Sandy has been living in Western Siberia with his wife and young child, teaching at the Pedagogical University and the Altai Institute for Law and Economics in Barnaul, Russia. Published works include VERONIKA: The Siberian's Tale (a novel), (Islands Press 2011) Apocalypse Of The Barbarians: Inquisitions On Empire (Islands Press, 2010), The Recovery of Ecstasy: Notebooks From Siberia (Booksurge, 2009), Recollective Resolve: A Phenomenological Understanding of Time and Myth (Mercer University Press, 1987), Ethical Decisionmaking Styles (Addison-Wesley Press, 1986), and Gandhi in the Postmodern Age: Issues in War and Peace (CSM Press,1984).
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