Sad statistics and the secrets of the Russian State Library
Monday. Almost every family in Moscow has one or two cars, making space for going on walks smaller and smaller. But then those families get divorced (in 2012, 1,213,000 marriages in Russia resulted in 650,000 divorces, that is, 50 percent of Russians filed for divorce), and the number of cars becomes even larger.
Tuesday. Other statistics show that two thirds of Russians aren’t in the least bit interested in politics. A full 34 percent of those surveyed by the Levada Center answered “I don’t like politics”. ‘So what do you like?’ the question goes. Maybe, kittens? Who doesn’t love kittens?
Wednesday. Saint Basil’s Cathedral is like Big Ben or the Eifel Tower. You absolutely can’t miss it if you’re visiting Moscow for the first time. Experienced tourists try to suppress the annoying desire to photograph themselves on the background of a banal site. Muscovites themselves don’t see anything wrong with this. The last time many of them visited Red Square in grade school during a field trip to Lenin’s Mausoleum. That’s why if they make it back here, they just can’t pass up the opportunity to take a picture.
Thursday. The State Duma has adopted a draft law in its first reading, stripping Russian car manufacturers of the option of making commitments for utilization of their products instead of paying the mandatory fee. A system of measures aimed at preserving the competitiveness of the domestic auto industry will be developed. While the Russian auto industry isn’t happy about this decision, regular folks are hopping on to bikes.
Friday. This is the view from our office. This depressing view of urban development without the slightest hint of green space can be seen in many megacities. Meanwhile, Greenpeace is angry: The Greenpeace activists aboard the Arctic Sunrise icebreaker are accused of piracy for trying to stage a protest against oil extraction in the Pechora Sea. They may face 10-15 years in prison.
Saturday. During the autumn, the artist in all of us awakens, with the only difference being that some create in a planner book, while others express their artistic side through Instagram. But the essence is basically the same: everyone likes to walk in the rain, collect wreathes of golden leaves, and listen to jazz. If this seems like a terrible cliché to you, we invite you to visit the International Lady in Jazz Festival in Saint Petersburg that starts next week or the last photo exhibit at the Lumiere Brothers Center of Photography in Moscow.
Sunday. You can complete your culture-filled weekend with an excursion into Russian literature. A staging of Solzhenitsyn’s play, The Love-Girl and the Innocent, will be on display in London until November 2nd. If you can’t make it to London, head over to the library and grab a copy of Solzhenitsyn’s book, “One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich”. To find out about the secrets lurking in Russia’s main library— The Russian State Library —read our special report coming next week.