Victoria Lomasko: Truckers, Torfyanka, and Dubki

Victoria Lomasko Truckers, Torfyanka, and Dubki: Grassroots Protests in Russia, 2015–2016 In late February 2015, politician Boris Nemtsov, a leader of the Russian opposition, was gunned down near the Kremlin. Grassroots activists immediately set up a people’s memorial, made up of bouquets, photos, drawings, and candles, at the scene of the crime, on Bolshoi Moskvoretsky … Continue reading Victoria Lomasko: Truckers, Torfyanka, and Dubki

International Translator’s Day: Victoria Lomasko

I have it on good authority that today is International Translator’s Day. Since this blog consists mostly of things I’ve read in Russian and felt like sharing with you all in English, every day that I post something here is translator’s day to me. But there are things that I get more pleasure from translating … Continue reading International Translator’s Day: Victoria Lomasko

Victoria Lomasko: Russian Truckers Prepare for Nationwide Strike

Victoria Lomasko Chronicle of a Troubled Time The Khimki Truckers’ Camp Readies Itself for Nationwide Strike Sergei Vladimirov, a coordinator at the Khimki truckers’ camp: “In the early days, we pushed everybody away and were suspicious of each other. We didn’t know each other yet.” Andrei Bazhutin, another coordinator at the camp: “In the early … Continue reading Victoria Lomasko: Russian Truckers Prepare for Nationwide Strike

Victoria Lomasko: We Won

Victoria Lomasko, We Won, 2015. Pen and ink on A4 colored paper ______ We Won Victory Day 2015 was celebrated in Russian with great fanfare. Nearly all the veterans and witnesses of the war are dead, and now people who had nothing to do with it can privatize “the Victory”. People from all the Soviet republics … Continue reading Victoria Lomasko: We Won

Victoria Lomasko: The BORN Trial

BORN: A Graphic Reportage by Victoria Lomasko How the most brutal nationalist gang in Russia was tried Apri1 21, 2015 Meduza On Tuesday, April 21, the Moscow Regional Court will render its verdict in the trial of the Combat Organization of Russian Nationalists (BORN), one of the most violent nationalist gangs in Russia. They have … Continue reading Victoria Lomasko: The BORN Trial

Victoria Lomasko: Drawing Lessons at a Juvenile Prison

Victoria Lomasko Drawing Lessons at a Juvenile Prison In August 2010, I visited the Mozhaysk Juvenile Prison for the first time as a volunteer for the Center for Prison Reform and gave a drawing lesson to inmates. I have continued working with the Center, teaching master classes on drawing at the girl’s penitentiaries in Novy Oskol … Continue reading Victoria Lomasko: Drawing Lessons at a Juvenile Prison

Victoria Lomasko: Socially Engaged Graphic Art in Russia

Victoria Lomasko on Socially Engaged Graphic Art November 8, 2014 Openrussia.org To get a more or less undistorted sense of reality in our country and transmit it to other people, you have to become a researcher yourself. Socially engaged artists have joined independent journalists, human rights activists, and sociologists in this field. I will try … Continue reading Victoria Lomasko: Socially Engaged Graphic Art in Russia

Victoria Lomasko: A Village School in Russia

A Village School Victoria Lomasko May 19, 2013 soglyadatay.livejournal.com This is the school in the tiny village of Nikolskoye. You can get to the village by bus from Tula: the trip takes an hour and a half. There is no public transportation between Nikolskoye and the nearest large village, Krapivna, and the district center of … Continue reading Victoria Lomasko: A Village School in Russia

Victoria Lomasko: A Trip to Kyrgyzstan

A Trip to Kyrgyzstan Victoria Lomasko August 25, 2014 soglyadatay.livejournal.com Kyrygzstan/Kirghizia I had come to visit Bishkek Feminist Сollective SQ. “Are there really feminists in Kirghizia?” my mom had wondered before I left. On the way from the airport to Bishkek the collective’s leader, Selbi, corrected my speech several times. “It’s not Kirghizia, but Kyrgyzstan, … Continue reading Victoria Lomasko: A Trip to Kyrgyzstan