Lara Siebrecht

Bye, Bye Vodka

In our perspective, the Russians are an alcohol- consuming, and -loving society. We cannot picture them without their beloved Vodka. Didn’t vodka make up for the cold winters in Soviet society? Well, the General Secretary of the Communist party in 1985, Mikhail Gorbachev, said “No more alcohol folks!” (-or, at least, from now on, only … Continue reading Bye, Bye Vodka


Imagine living in a place where you could not trust ANYONE. You could not trust your friends, relatives, or family. You could not even trust your own CHILDREN. The only person in the entire world you could trust was YOURSELF. In the Soviet Union, children’s denunciation of their relatives was strongly encouraged. Although it did … Continue reading Tell-tales

“You Do Not Lament the Loss of the Hair of One Who Has Been Beheaded.”

“Now, the expropriation of the kulaks in the regions of solid collectivization is no longer just an administrative measure. Now, the expropriation of the kulaks is an integral part of the formation and development of the collective farms. Consequently now it is ridiculous and foolish to discourse on the expropriation of the kulaks. You do … Continue reading “You Do Not Lament the Loss of the Hair of One Who Has Been Beheaded.”

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“The greatness of the Russian Emperor is not in the wars and victories, not in the fortune and glory. It is in the service to Christ and Russia.” – Emperor Nicholas II

“When we hang the capitalists they will sell us the rop…