Spinoza’s Rule: Do not Weep, Do not Laugh but Understand (About the Book “A People’s Tragedy: The Russian Revolution 1891-1924” by Orlando Figes, The Bodley Head, 2014, 923 pages

The renown Russian historian, historiographer, writer and poet Nikolay Mikhailovich Karamzin (1766-1826) in his preface to the 12-volume book The History of the Rossiysky State” wrote: “The history in a sense is the holy book of peoples: the main, necessary; the mirror of their entity and activities; book of revelations and standards;behest of ancestors to…

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Together Again! Celebrating the Birthday with the Friends and the Family, what can be more joyful than this?

Our annual “Babulkas” meeting on March 17, 2015 took place on Skype in Emma’s apartment: Emma, Zoya, Nellya, Valya, Rimma, Lara, Lyusya and me chit-chatting for an hour or so, wishing each other good things. Rimma as always is reciting her verses (in my translation): “Canadian friend Valyusha Filina Is celebrating her Birthday today, Bringing…

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