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"The earth is buzzing with metaphor"
––Osip Mandelstam

The Moral Clarity of Pussy Riot’s Protest
Masha Gessen, © The New Yorker
July 15, 2018

On Sunday, in the fifty-second minute of the final game of the World Cup, four women dressed in Russian-police uniforms charged the field, briefly disrupting the match. They were members of the Russian protest-art group Pussy Riot.

Pussy Riot is often misidentified as a punk group, which is, in fact, only one of its many guises. The group, which was founded in 2011, is an open-membership collective that stages actions, documents them on video, and provides textual statements intended as clear and accessible explanations of their intentions and demands. The group’s best-known action was what they called a “punk prayer,” in which a group of women attempted to sing a political prayer of their own making inside the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, in Moscow, in the lead-up to Russia’s 2012 Presidential election. The performance was meant to protest the country’s symbiosis of church and state. As a result, two of the group’s founding members served twenty-two months in prison.

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"I was stopped in the dense Soviet wood by bandits who called themselves my judges."
–– Osip Mandelstam

The poet Dmitry Prigov before and after the fall of the Soviet Union
Arne Bodin
October 10, 2011

The Russian poet and artist Dmitrij Prigov (1940-2007) dedicated his whole life to undermining Soviet propaganda, Soviet ideology and Soviet language. He deconstructed Russian culture in general, including Pushkin and Dostoevsky as well as the Russian avant-garde, in a similar manner. With his death a moment of closure was reached for an entire era of Russian culture as primarily characterized by settlements with Socialist Realism, Soviet language and Soviet propaganda. Prigov devoted his entire artistic life to fighting every authoritarian phenomenon that he could discover. He lived for more than a decade and a half in the post-Soviet period : and had to adjust to quite another….cultural and political situation in the country. The focus of this article will be to examine the impact of this fact.

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"In Russia poetry is respected--it gets people killed."
––Osip Mandelstam

Luka Modric (Croatie) élu meilleur joueur de la Coupe du monde
© L'Equipe.fr
July 15, 2018

Finaliste malheureux de la Coupe du monde dimanche, contre la France (2-4), le milieu croate Luka Modric a été élu meilleur joueur du tournoi. À 32 ans, le quadruple vainqueur de la Ligue des champions – avec le Real Madrid – succède à l’Argentin Lionel Messi, récompensé au Brésil il y a quatre ans. Il a devancé le capitaine belge Eden Hazard (qui pensait mériter le trophée) et le Français Antoine Griezmann, auteur de quatre buts et deux passes décisives en Russie.

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Mensaje leído en las redes, 14 de julio:

🇫🇷 🇭🇷 La final del Mundial de mañana tiene una particularidad que merece la pena comentar y más en los tiempos que corren:

– Muchos jugadores de Croacia fueron a principios de los 90 refugiados de guerra siendo unos niños durante el conflicto de los Balcanes. ( Alemania, Suiza, Italia, Austria , los países nórdicos, etc… fueron países de acogida ).

– Muchos jugadores de Francia son hijos de inmigrantes africanos  y/u originarios de las colonias francesas.

Simple información para aquellos con fobias y complejos que mañana disfrutarán de una gran final.