Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Chris Vallance interviewed me on the Duma election for BBC Radio 5 Live's Pods and Blogs show yesterday - here's the clip:

The rest of the show and show notes are here.


Just as the previous time - back in April, following Yeltsin's death - it was way too scary to know I was being recorded for the radio. I must've lost a few kilos - which, of course, would've been good, if only I had stayed away from those coconut cookies afterwards.

Marta was asleep this time and missed her chance of appearing on the radio once again.

It's been months since the last time I really spoke English, so I couldn't remember how to pronounce the word 'Apocalypse' and, as a result, Chris had to edit out the part where I was talking of some bloggers' attempt to outspam their 'Putinjugend' counterparts, by posting Bible verses all over LJ and thus chasing the 'victors' out of the Yandex Blogs Top 30. By way of consolation, Chris told me my pronunciation was perhaps much closer to the original Greek than the way they say 'Apocalypse' in English.



There was some more election stuff that I wanted to write about, but it took me too long to figure out how to do an audio clip, etc, so this is it for tonight.


  1. Molodets! Regarding the word "apocalypse" - апоКАлипсис was one of Lyudmila Verbitskaya's Metro poster words ( and I was quite surprised to learn where the stress falls in this word in Russian. I guess I did learn something from that poster campaign. Because, you know, one uses this word very frequently in everyday speech. :-)

  2. Awesome. That audio is working great like that. Much easier than the link to the program was in the past.

  3. I think you did a good job! You survived more than 5 minutes of a radio interview!!! Way to go!

  4. You're the voice! It's a real treasure to have someone like you in Moscow, someone who will never heap crap on Ukraine.

    And by the way, I heard the Ukrainian version of that joke on the eve of the Orange Revolution, with Yanukovych "starring" as United Russia.

    I guess some jokes are truly borderless. Keep up the good work!