Why are you studying Russian History? Ancestry? Curiosity?
A little bit of all! (Although I am more Polish than Russian) I think for what I study (historical musicology) the Slavic world in general is very fertile ground, there’s a culture of musical heritage there associated with nationalism and more generally народность that you don’t necessarily find in other places— case in point, I didn’t think this was really that true but the first marshrutka I got into in St. Petersburg the car radio was playing Smuglyanka! Also see this 2000s disco polo version of a 19th century poem from the Polish-Ukrainian School of national poetry:
So today I was walking home after buying groceries. I was wearing a crop top (with a blouse, but no coat) and jeans that make my legs look amazing. Now I’m hardly insecure about my body these days and where I live it’s safe to walk around like this during the day and besides, I didn’t look half-naked.
Two guys in a Volkswagen Polo (probably a 2000 edition or something) were staring at me and muttering stuff to each other. I was feeling a bit uncomfortable but decided to keep walking. Then one of them whistled and in a stupid reflex I turned my head.
And he yelled “Hey you! Love what you did with your hair! The blue really suits you.” Sometimes I really fucking love people. And oh how I misjudged them.
striped waistcoat, Valentino; pinstriped jackets, Dolce & Gabbana, Dries Van Noten e Valentino; camicie di cotone a righe, Dior Homme by Hedi Slimane e Polo Ralph Lauren; Pantaloni di lana pinstriped, Dolce & Gabbana
da sinistra. check suit & scarf, Z Zegna; pull Polo Ralh Lauren; berretto e guanti, Prada; chain belt & suede shoes, Miu Miu. Tweed suit, Z Zegna; shirt di cotone, Alessandro Dell’Acqua. Chain belt e stringate di suede, Prada; guanti di cashmere, Alpo.
herringbone tweed jacket, gilet, camicia e cravatta regimental, pantaloni di cotone kakhi: tutto Polo Ralph Lauren. Cintura di pelle, Helen Uffner vintage clothing NY; shoes with chaps, Dries Van Noten
striped sweater and plaid shirt, Polo Ralph Lauren; nylon parka and panks, ski mask, Nike. Guanti da sci, Prada. Per lei. giacca e gonna di lana herringbone tweed, Ralph Lauren Collection; guanti di gore-tex, Prada.