russian circle


Elena Chernyshova aka Елена чернышова (Russian, b. 1981, Moscow, USSR, based France) - Days Of Night, Nights Of Day project, 2012-2013. Days of Night, Nights of Day is about the daily life of the inhabitants of Norilsk, a mining city northernmost of the polar circle with a population of more than 170,000.  The city, its mines and metallurgical factories were constructed by prisoners of the Gulag. With 60% of the present population involved in the industrial process, this project aims to investigate human adaptation to extreme climate, ecological disaster and isolation.  Photography 

So what is the answer? How can you stand your ground when you are weak and sensitive to pain, when people you love are still alive, when you are unprepared? What do you need to make you stronger than the interrogator and the whole trap?

From the moment you go to prison you must put your cozy past firmly behind you. At the very threshold, you must say to yourself: “My life is over, a little early to be sure, but there’s nothing to be done about it. I shall never return to freedom. I am condemned to die —now or a little later. But later on, in truth, it will be even harder, and so the sooner the better. I no longer have any property whatsoever. For me those I love have died, and for them I have died. From today on, my body is useless and alien to me. Only my spirit and my conscience remain precious and important to me.

Only the man who has renounced everything can win that victory.

But how can one turn one’s body to stone? Well, they managed to turn some individuals from the Berdyayev circle into puppets for a trial, but they didn’t succeed with Berdyayev. They wanted to drag him into an open trial; they arrested him twice; and (in 1922) he was subjected to a night interrogation by Dzerzhinsky himself. Kamenev was there too (which means that he, too, was not averse to using the Cheka in an ideological conflict). But Berdyayev did not humiliate himself.He did not beg or plead. He set forth firmly those religious and moral principles which had led him to refuse to accept the political authority established in Russia. And not only did they come to the conclusion that he would be useless for a trial, but they liberated him. A human being has a point of view!


N. Stolyarova recalls an old woman who was her neighbor on the Butyrki bunks in 1937. They kept on interrogating her every night. Two years earlier, a former Metropolitan of the Orthodox Church, who had escaped from exile, had spent a night at her home on his way through Moscow. "But he wasn’t the former Metropolitan, he was the Metropolitan! Truly, I was worthy of receiving him.” “All right then. To whom did he go when he left Moscow?” “I know, but I won’t tell you!” (The Metropolitan had escaped to Finland via an underground railroad of believers.)

At first the interrogators took turns, and then they went after her in groups. They shook their fists in the little old woman’s face, and she replied: “There is nothing you can do with me even if you cut me into pieces. After all,you are afraid of your bosses, and you are afraid of each other, and you are even afraid of killing me.” (They would lose contact with the underground railroad.) “But I am not afraid of anything. I would be glad to be judged by God right this minute.”

There were such people in 1937 too, people who did not return to their cell for their  bundles of belongings, who chose death, who signed nothing denouncing anyone.

One can’t say that the history of the Russian revolutionaries has given us any better examples of steadfastness.“

—  aleksandr solzhenitsyn
circle of life vocabulary!!!! fun innit

зача́тие - conception
зача́ть - conceive
секс - sex
рожа́ть (imperf) / роди́ть (perf) - to give birth
роди́ться (perf) - to be born
рожде́ние - birth
день рожде́ния - birthday
ребёнок (pl. де́ти) - child
роди́тели - parents
де́тство - childhood
расти́ (imperf) / вы́расти (perf) - to grow up
мо́лодость - youth
зре́лость - adulthood
ста́рость - old age
старе́ть (imperf) / постаре́ть (perf) - to become old, to grow old
смерть - death
умира́ть (imperf) / умере́ть (perf) - to die
доро́жно-тра́нспортное происше́ствие (ДТП) - car accident
попа́сть в ДТП - to get into a car accident
боле́знь - illness
заболе́ть (perf) - to fall ill
суици́д / самоуби́йство - suicide
поко́нчить с собо́й - to commit suicide


Big Park Adventures, Part 2
(Part 1 here)

During our stroll in the Big Park this weekend, Mommy and I visited a beautiful mosaic for some quiet reflection. I trundled over to inspect the tiny stones…and was instantly mobbed by a horde of admiring paparrazi! One girl even invited us to her lovely birthday picnic! (We sadly couldn’t stay.) I felt like a celebrity!


Bored whales in Mosquarium, most part of the video features Juliet.


There is so much going on here. Ovi drowning in a sea of happy teammates. Oshie dancing. Nicky dancing. Brooks… sorta dancing. Latta bouncing on Ovi’s shoulder like he’s Tigger. Ovi’s Russian babies circling and desperately trying to force their way into the hug.  Chimmer too cool for it all.

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