Recent Posts

Biculturalism and the Apollo-Soyuz Mission

The final two short audio pieces from the Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia. “A Brief Conversation on Biculturalism” by Alexandra Diouk and “Remembering the 1975 Apollo-Soyuz Mission: 45 years of US-Russian Space Cooperation” by Lisa Becker.

Trash Protests and Leninopad

Two short audio pieces from the Monterey Summer Symposium on Russia. “The Great Russian Trash Crisis” by Seth Farkas and  “An Empty Pedestal: Ukraine after Leninopad” by Sabrina Beaver.

“Russia is like a tub full of dough”

Share on facebook
Share on google
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on email
Share on reddit

I received the Fall 2007 issue of the Slavic Review in the mail yesterday.  While flipping through it, I couldn’t help admiring the accuracy of this quotation from Khrushchev that opens Timothy Frye’s review of Kathryn Stoner-Weiss, Resisting the State: Reform and Retrenchment in Post-Soviet Russia.

Khrushchev told Castro during the latter’s visit to the Soviet Union in 1963:

You’d think I could change anything in this country.  Like hell I can.  No matter what changes I propose and carry out, everything stays the same.  Russia is like a tub full of dough, you put your hand down in it, down to the bottom, and think you’re master of the situation.  When you first pull out your hand, a little hole remains, but then, before your very eyes, the dough expands into a spongy, puffy mass.  That’s what Russia is like.

Beautifully put Nikita Sergeevich.