This article explores one of the new forms of the organization of the speech stream, generated by Internet as sphere of speech communication. Investigating the political polemic on the Internet, the article gives a brief description of basic properties of the Internet polylogue.
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.