Monday, November 26, 2012

On Russia

“Russia has two faces, an Asiatic which always looks toward Europe, and a European face which always looks towards Asia.”
-Benjamin Disraeli

Bouncing through old Sovietica, and seeing all the continued Russian cultural influences, I am marveling about the continued Russian influence on Central Asia, from music to culture to food.  Fascinating.  Makes the work of one Lena and her research on Russian public diplomacy and soft power in the former Soviet Empire all the more fascinating.

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