The paper examines both the obvious and hypothetical sources of Leskovs sketch Putimets whose main character is Nikolai Gogol. The paper argues that among the texts that Leskov used to construct Gogol's image are M.N. Zagoskin's novel Jurii Miloslavskii, young Gogol's letters to his relatives, and A.P. Storozhenkos memoirs. The paper also claims that Gogol represents Leskov's own alter ego, as well as a type of the ideal Russian writer.
Students' internet usage attracts the attention of many researchers in different countries. Differences in internet penetration in diverse countries lead us to ask about the interaction of medium and culture in this process. In this paper we present an analysis based on a sample of 825 students from 18 Russian universities and discuss findings on particularities of students' ICT usage. On the background of the findings of the study, based on data collected in 2008-2009 year during a project "A сross-cultural study of the new learning culture formation in Germany and Russia", we discuss the problem of plagiarism in Russia, the availability of ICT features in Russian universities and an evaluation of the attractiveness of different categories of ICT usage and gender specifics in the use of ICT.