Author's notes Ksenia Kirillova

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From the fear of death to its cult: in 11 months of the war, Russian propaganda has evolved to the level of martyrs

Russia's full-scale war against Ukraine began 11 months ago, and in that time even leading Russian propaganda analysts have lost count of the many conflicting theories justifying the bloodshed. However, despite this, the propagandists managed not only to convince the majority of the inevitability of war, but also ...


'Until we win, there will be no life': a meeting was held in San Francisco with the Ukrainian military, who were given artificial limbs in the USA

On January 20, the Ukrainian diaspora in Northern California met with the military personnel of the Armed Forces of Ukraine who directly defended Ukraine from the Russian invasion. All five military men are people of different ages and different destinies. Among them are conscripts who came to the front for the first time, and experienced fighters. But…


Poems under the bombs: poetry collections about the war published in Ukraine and other countries

The new year was marked by new shelling of Ukraine and new deaths. In the meantime, despite the regular “arrivals” of rockets and power outages, a printed collection of prose and poetry “Artelen” was published in Kyiv. This almanac is published annually, and this time it was published ...


'The cult of war and the temple of the Ministry of Defense': Russian priest on helping Ukrainian refugees and how the Kremlin abuses religion

The Christmas truce at the front, which Vladimir Putin announced on January 6, did not work out. According to the Ukrainian side, Russia from the very first hours began to violate it: on January 6, an air raid alert was announced throughout Ukraine, and a fire station was attacked in Kherson.…


A film about a Russian oppositionist, shortlisted for the Oscars, was shown in San Francisco

On January 8, the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in San Francisco premiered three documentaries shortlisted for the Oscars. One of them was devoted to the story of three disabled children from the poorest families in Pakistan, who got into the program of preparation for the Special Olympics. Second…


Sabbat on blood: what and why did Russian propaganda say about Ukraine on New Year's Eve

For the first time in modern history, Russia had to meet the new year 2023 as an aggressor recognized by the entire world community, unleashing in Europe not just a hybrid, but the bloodiest war in this century. At the same time, Russian propaganda behaved in two ways. AT…


Difficulties and opportunities: how Russians can get to the US, given the new restrictions

Since the beginning of a full-scale war in Ukraine, more and more restrictions have been introduced on the entry of Russians into the EU countries. At the same time, a number of states, including Greece, the Czech Republic, Malta, Portugal, Germany and others, have canceled the program of "golden visas" for Russian citizens, allowing them to obtain a residence permit ...


Everything is not as terrible as it could be: the most terrible predictions that did not come true in 2022

Without exaggeration, 2022 can be called difficult and scary. Even among Russian-speaking immigrants who have been living in the United States for many years, it is difficult to find those whom the Russian-Ukrainian war did not touch at least indirectly: through relatives, acquaintances, participation in refugee assistance, or, on the contrary, breaks ...


California residents could visit ancient Bethlehem on Christmas Eve

Walk through the streets of ancient Judea, pay tribute to the Roman guards, look into the synagogue, pat a camel on the neck and, finally, reach the very cave where Christ was born. Such a unique opportunity to “feel” the Christmas event was provided to the residents of the Bay Area (San Francisco Bay Area) with…


The inevitable stage of immigration: how to say goodbye to the past without falling into nostalgia

We have already noted more than once that the correct experience of nostalgia as an inevitable stage of immigration not only does not interfere with adaptation in a new homeland, but even in a certain sense contributes to it. After several years of living in a new country, the human body is characterized not only by ...

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