Notes from Russia’s Rear: Part II

More stories from Russians as they try to survive their society’s collapse

B Kean
4 min readOct 25, 2022


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Humanity head-butted the soul of the on-air editor-in-chief for Russia Today (RT), Margarita Simonyan, last weekend. One of her journalists, a vile loser named Anton Krasovsky, went on a genocidal tirade that upset the notorious Kremlin propagandist and many Russians.

Thrilled to hear his own voice, Krasovsky called for Ukrainian children to be drowned in rivers, or, better yet, his eyes lighting up like he had come up with a fun prank to play on his sleeping dad, “lock them in their cabin-like homes (khata) and burn them alive.”

Golly. Good, clean fun over at RT, right?

Well, maybe not. Simonyan was disgusted by the display of genocidal horror, and rightly so. She has suspended Krasovsky, and an internal investigation and a government one have been launched.

Simonyan has, in recent weeks, quite insincerely talked about how people are getting too caught up in the rhetoric of this moment — rhetoric her channel happily peddles like umbrellas in Hong Kong during the rainy season.

In a statement on RT’s website, Simonyan said: “For the children of Ukraine, as well as the children of Donbas, and all other children, I wish that all this ends as soon as possible, and they can live and study in peace again — in the language they consider native (TV Presenter Faces Probe).”

Even in this comment from Ms. Simonyan, she is pushing the lies of the Putin regime. “In the language they consider native” speaks to the lie that Russian-speaking Ukrainians were denied the right to speak Russian. This is an outright lie, as roughly 1/3 of Ukraine still speaks Russian, and some say it is higher.

Time to defend the motherland

A neighbor from a communal apartment in which my wife grew up in St. Petersburg, Russia, recently shared thoughts with my wife about the situation in the country. In one post, she commented almost giddily about how she was preparing her husband to go to the front to save the country.

“I never imagined,” she wrote on WhatsApp, “that the sheets I made for our children would one day be used by their…



B Kean

The past holds the answers to today’s problems. “Be curious, not judgmental,” at least until you have all the facts. Think and stop watching cable news.