Friday, May 19, 2006

One of the texts in Gulnara Bekirova's book I'm reading begins with a mention of Aleksandr Zinoviev's homo sovieticus. Zinoviev died on May 10 and here's a link to his obit from the Economist (posted on the blog of Edward Lucas, the magazine's Central and East European correspondent):


He scorned Vladimir Putin's Russia, describing it last September as a “hybrid, a hare with horns”. Its ingredients, he said, were “hidden Sovietism, elements of Western values and the retarded feudalism of the Russian Orthodox church.”


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