moscow state

Valery Khristoforov :: A young woman with cheat notes on her thighs, in a photograph titled Cribs, taken at the faculty of journalism of Moscow State University, 1984. From: ‘The Image as Question: An Exhibition of Evidential Photography’ at Michael Hoppen Gallery / src: theGuardian

“The most mischievous single image here is Valerie Khristoforov’s portrait of an anonymous young girl on a street with her dress raised to reveal a condensed scrawl of notes that had been written on her thighs before she took the entrance exam to a journalism course in Moscow State University. Khristoforov happened upon the girl in a park as she was writing on her legs ‘seated under trees near the statue of Mikhail Lomonosov, the greatest Russian scientist, who gave the name to the University’. She agreed to have her legs photographed under two conditions: that he take the picture after the examination and that she remain anonymous. He agreed and waited for an hour and a half for her to return. She passed the exam and was never found out.” (quoted from source)


On 25 July, the Union of Polish Patriots, in a broadcast from Moscow, stated: “The Polish Army of Polish Patriots … calls on the thousands of brothers thirsting to fight, to smash the foe before he can recover from his defeat … Every Polish homestead must become a stronghold in the struggle against the invaders … Not a moment is to be lost.”

Vasily Vereshchagin (1842-1904)
“Dervishes in holiday costumes. Tashkent” (1869-1870)
Oil on canvas
Located in the Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

A dervish is a member of a Muslim (specifically Sufi) religious order who has taken vows of poverty and austerity. Their focus is on the universal values of love and service, deserting the illusions of ego to reach God.

Tashkent is the capital city of Uzbekistan.

Mikhail Vrubel (1856-1910)
“Demon Seated” (1890)
Oil on canvas
Located in the Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

Vrubel considered this demon as “a spirit, not so much evil as suffering and sorrowing, but in all that a powerful spirit… a majestic spirit.”

the Russians and the Moon

(as told by my astronomy prof, and I don’t bother to fact check because it’s too fucking great). My people are assholes and I am so proud. 

so. the Moon has seas, those splashes of the darker basalt rock. and as we had no problems seeing them, they all have nice sounding Latin names, Sea of Tranquility, Ocean of Cries, etc. 

the far side of the Moon, however, we haven’t seen much of. and the general consensus of the International Astronomical Union was that if someone were to fly over, take pictures and discover another sea, it has to be named after a state of mind, following the pattern.

and so it happened, that in 1959 a Soviet probe was the first one to fly over, take pictures and discover exactly one sea on the far side. and what do they do? they name it Mare fucking Moscoviense. the Sea of Moscow. (and all the possible landmarks - after Soviet cosmonauts). 

this is the closest one can get to drawing a dick among the stars in real life.

of course, there is a scandal. the IAU gets together for a yearly conference in Paris or wherenot and tries to figure out how to live on. 

and their solution is the most elegant ‘now go fuck yourself with that dick’ I ever came across.

they decided to acknowledge Moscow as a state of mind.

so if you were ever looking for a scientific justification to say “I feel so moscow” you now have it. 

Özel mülkiyet ve sermaye,insanları kaçınılmaz olarak nasıl birbirinden ayırır,milli ikilikler yaratır ve milli baskıyı ağırlaştırırsa;ortak mülkiyet ve ortak çalışma da aynı şekilde insanları kaçınılmaz olarak birbirine yaklaştırır,milli ikilik nedenlerini ortadan kaldırır ve milli baskıyı yeryüzünden siler.Kapitalizm milli baskı olmadan nasıl yaşayamazsa;sosyalizm de ezilen milletler kurtulmadan,milli özgürlük olmadan yaşayamaz.

Josef Stalin (Iosıf Visavironoviç Duzhugashvili)

Görsel : Henri Cartier-Bresson -  Soviet Unıon. Moscow. 1954. Lenin State Library. Inside one of the reading rooms. ( Magnum Photos)

Fireworks, Moscow State University. Салют, Московский Государственный Университет

Pentax ME Super; SMC Pentax-M 50mm 1:2; Fujifilm Superia X-tra 400 ISO