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the wild side of excess

Excess and its own particular variant of eccentricity has always colored the somber Russian landscape. Perhaps part can be blamed on the inhospitable weather and maybe there is something in the water… The Empress Elizabeth’s fifteen thousand dresses show an … Continue reading

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putin: land of toska and dousha

Russians have always had a thread of excess, showing itself strong and clear against the somber texture of their existence. Extreme activity. Extreme laziness. Extreme appetite. The extremely excessive. The extravagant Slav temperament seems to be traced to all classes … Continue reading

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