Two anniversaries were observed this week in Moscow.
First, a small group gathered outside Lubyanka to commemorate the seventieth anniversary of the onset of the Purges in 1937. This event would perhaps not seem so note-worthy, were it not for the Putin administration’s attempt to soften criticism of Stalin-era crimes.
In sharp contrast to the spirit of the 1957 festival, certain Russian youth today aren’t so interested in contact with foreigners, friendship and peace. Instead, they are in attending what Moscow Komsomolets described as a military-like summer camp. Worries over young women and reproduction continue, as MK reported:
Two days ago ten thousand camp guests witnessed an event staged by a group of partisans. Special teams toured the camp asking young women to hand over string-type underwear. The most ideological Nashistas turn out to have information that, as well as being clear evidence of depravity, that type of women's underwear can also cause sterility. Young women were asked to hand over their strings voluntarily and to choose a more all-embracing replacement from a proffered assortment. The "agent of childlessness" was then destroyed in frenzied fashion before the owner's eyes.
(Translation--slightly altered--from Johnson’s Russia List)
But in better news, the same issue notes that dislike of ethnic minorities is falling in Russia—35% now think migrants do more harm than good, down from 39% polled last year. Unfortunately, “level of hostility to outsiders is highest in Moscow (42%).”
This week I’ve been enjoying Bjork’s Volta over and over. Unfortunately, this pleasure was interrupted when a friend prompted me to listen to Dag Nasty’s Wig Out at Denko’s again. This was followed by an unhealthy dive into some old “treasures,” including Jawbreaker, Infest and Hell No. Not recommended.
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