Faith or superstitions? What do Russians believe in?

Time of faith or superstitions? What do Russians believe in?

What do Russians believe in? Is it time of faith or superstitions? Throughout the history, faith has always been a peculiar category for this nation. One saw world salvation in orthodox Russia, others explained special Russian way by its faith. Some proved to be less exalted and, by using their ecclesiastical status, simply penetrated into ruling… But, besides large historical figures and politics, what is happening now with simple man, citizen of his country? Does he believe in God? Is it faith really or his superstitions? We will try to answer these questions by using numerical methods. (more…)


Russian theatre quantity dynamics: 2007-2015, or whether theatre has future?

Whether theatre has future or not, is a question asked every year since the first TV shows appeared. For a country adhering to its own theatre traditions and rich heritage (which Russia obviously has), theatre problems are passing into prior matters in a field of culture. To make correct decision toward theatre reform, or shape with right expectations about returns on investments, each party has to understand the global trend. To facilitate in this task, we investigated the Russian theatre quantity dynamics throughout the past 9 years and illustrated that via infographic. (more…)

who count the votes decide an election

Who cast the votes don’t decide an election, who count the votes do

The issue toward correct and proper votes calculation has been arisen since the first forms of elections appeared. However, was it really so meaningful to the one-party system in the USSR? And could Joseph Stalin consider and publicly share his thoughts proving that “people who count the votes decide an election“? These are the questions this post will try to answer on.  (more…)

Death of millions is a statistic - was it really having said by Stalin?

The death of one man is a tragedy. The death of millions is a STATISTIC

This phrase is often ascribed to JOSEF STALIN, an ambiguous figure in world history, blood-thirsty dictator, strong advocate of repression methods. However, sometimes words are to be deliberately attributed to emphasize a specific trait of a person and lessen the other of his facets – that is what had been exactly proclaimed right after Stalin’s death with personality cult dethronement.

This post is about the story of this quote – it concerns a word “statistic” and, therefore, attractiveness. (more…)