Moscow: Diversity in disguise
Both Russian speakers and language planners underestimate the linguistic diversity of the city. Moscow is perceived and promoted as a monolingual megalopolis. The multilingualism is considered as a quality of ethnic regions forming a periphery of Russia while its capital keeps a monolingual and stable character.
The book aims to trace and explain the historical evolution of Moscow, the capital of the Tsardom of Russia, Soviet Union and Russian Federation, as a political entity and political community, and to understand what place Moscow occupied within the Russian political space and what role it played in Russian political life for centuries until 2018. The authors consistently examine the dramatic political history of the contemporary Russian capital in the Moscow (13th – 17th centuries) and St. Petersburg (18th – 19th centuries) epochs, in the Soviet period, in the post-Soviet era, and identify its key points and the most pivotal events.
For the first time ever the notes of the Dean of Resurrection Cathedral in Tokyo — Protopresbyter Simeon Mii Michirō (1858–1940) — about his voyage to Moscow in 1917, for participation in Local Council of the Orthodox Russian Church 1917–1918, are being published. The follower and co-worker of the Equal to the Apostles Bishop Nicholas of Japan (Kasatkin), Mii became the only representative of the Japanese Orthodox Church at the most important Russian Council of the 20th century. Having twice overcome the Trans-Siberian railway, Mii became a witness of the armed conflict in Moscow in Autumn 1917, and a participant in the election and enthronement of Patriarch Tikhon. During the Council Father Simeon met his schoolmates (fellow students of Kiev Theological Academy of 1880s). He left us impartial evidence of revolutionary Moscow and Russia in days of the accession to power of the Bolsheviks. These notes of the Orthodox Japanese have been printed in 1918 in the official journal of the Japanese Orthodox Church and henceforth were never republished. The Japanese text is accompanied by the Russian translation, commentaries and glossary.
The December protests in Moscow do not represent a “Russian Spring,” “Orange Revolution,” or new version of Perestroika. Rather they have more in common with the Progressive movement that fought corruption in the U.S. during the early part of the twentieth century. The demonstrations made clear that Russian citizens now want to play an active role in their country’s political life.
We present a simple hedonic model for apartment prices in Moscow in the year 2003. Based on some 15,000 observations we estimate the model and use the estimates for prediction. Pretest issues are explicitly taken into account.
The practice of dacha subdivision, and garden plot allotment in particular, spread widely during Soviet times, not only within the Russian Federation, but also to other Soviet Republics and even other socialist countries. While in the environs of the many-socialist cities, second homes are actively included into the real estate market and housing supply, Moscow’s suburbs demonstrate their loyalty to the established tradition of seasonal migration between the city and the countryside. This study seeks to address the question how do the shifting from socialist to market economy impact the dacha life-style of the Muscovites and to look into dynamics of the changes in the relations between the city and hinterland since the collapse of the socialist state from dachas’ point of view.