Grigory Ryzhakov – Russian Writer


The Crimea of Discord. Reading Putin’s Mind


The Black Sea area over the Crimean flag

While the whole world is waiting for Putin’s next move in Ukraine, I’m contemplating about his motivations.

After enjoying the diplomatic success and outplaying the White House in Syria and triumphantly hosting the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Putin was at the height of his popularity in Russia and probably outside Russia too.… Read the rest

Top 20 Russian books that influenced me the most

Prince Myshkin after witnessing the death of Nastasya Filippovna, I. Glazunov, 1966

Recently, President Putin published an article on the necessity of creating a must-read list of a hundred Russian books that would define the nation’s cultural legacy.

I thought about what books to put in that list and decided to present to you my top 20 of Russian books (20 is more manageable, for I can’t have a hundred of favourite books).… Read the rest