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Sunday May 30 2010

Incoming from Michael J:

Look around, ye mighty, and despair ...

Indeed.  Follow the link and gaze upon some truly excellent photos of world class USSR cranage and clutter, in a state of advance decay:

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Not being a reader of Russian, I was only semi-sure what this stuff once was.  Pictures like this settled the matter:

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Although that piece of decay seems to have been given a facelift.  It reminds me of how they make dead bodies look their best for funerals, but don’t actually fool anyone.

oh my, I could never expect to find a link to drugoi (другой), “the other one” in this corner of blogosphere.
What the world is coming to?!

Posted by Tatyana on 31 May 2010

So what is drugoi, aside from pictures like this? What’s its pov?

Posted by Brian Micklethwait on 31 May 2010

He is a Russian journalist with several thousands readers of his LiveJournal. I can’t characterize his pov in terms that you’re accustomed to: everything is twisted in Russia. For instance, he is pro-Article 31 in Russian Constitution (freedom of press, opinion, association) but at the same time anti-Israel and anti-American; an inconsistent, very mixed, bag in his attitude towards capitalism (let alone libertarianism; someone recently was telling me “white Slavic supremacists neonazi in Russia call themselves “libertarians”. No wonder.)
You might say he’s one from “yellow press"/tabloid tribe, following the scent in the air. A very shady character- but a good photographer, I can give him that, and a guy with photo-journalist connections.

Posted by Tatyana on 31 May 2010

addendum:
Rustem Adagamov/drugoi’ nfo @LJ now lists 50,000 registered readers. Wiki article claims he’s a “photo-manager” at Russian company SUP, that not long ago bought Live Journal from American owner.

Posted by Tatyana on 01 June 2010

Ah, the soviet space programme. Still going. My wife’s best friend’s father, way past retirement age, still works in it. He is a satellite controller, and says they can’t get young guys with decent science/engineering degrees to do the job for the money (this must be, in some broad sense, a good sign...), so he and the other old guys still go to the office out of a sense of responsibility to ensure that their satellites don’t collide with other people’s satellites / randomly drop on peoples’ heads.

I have been to the town where he works - a former secret city, not on maps and still officially closed to foreigners - but sadly not into the office.

Posted by Alan Little on 01 June 2010

Rumors of USSR’ “advanced decay” , including but not limited to, space program, could be very misleading. If not premature.

Posted by Tatyana on 01 June 2010

Brian,
Did you scroll down the blog posts and see the wonderful thumbnails?

Posted by John Wright on 04 June 2010
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