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Promoting Propaganda

Published: May 14, 2014 (Issue # 1810)



Photo: Bigarthouse.ru

(Victory Day) used tobe my favorite Russian holiday. I would always tear up when I saw theveterans, covered fromneck towaist inmedals andribbons, marching proudly across Red Square. Andfor afew years, when we were all friends, I liked watching theother Allied veterans march along with their former Soviet comrades-in-arms.

This year, with another war raging, thefighter jets buzzing my apartment house during rehearsals forthe air show seem creepy, not cool. Andthe drumbeat of (propaganda) is like nothing I have ever seen or heard before.

Andso I find myself thinking constantly about aword I thought I could put onthe dusty top shelf ofmy mind andforget. came toRussian fromthe Latin propaganda, defined as (that which is tobe disseminated). Theword appeared inthe 17th-century Catholic Church, which founded agroup topropagate thefaith tothe unenlightened andunfaithful.

Andthat is pretty much what still does only thefaith changes over time andplace.

Most ofthe time, theword has anegative connotation inRussian. Infact, ina dictionary ofpolitical terminology, theword is defined inpart like this: (Propaganda was theterm used todescribe attempts bytotalitarian regimes tocompletely subordinate science andany other knowledge tothe interests ofstate policy).

So you find usage like this: , - (Thanks tothe ham-fisted propaganda, people were certain that they could only get thetruth fromthe radio voices [of America, etc.]).

But not all theways andmeans of and (to propagandize) are bad: , , . (A doctor should promote ahealthy lifestyle, ofcourse andby example, too).

and can also be used forthe promotion ofcommercial endeavors or products: , (He did everything he could topromote theMoscow Virtuosi).

Now this is usually (promotion), done bythe noun (promoter) through theverb (to promote).

Question: ? (How do you promote anintellectual book?) Answer: Byusing anative Russian verb like (to advance, promote).

(I will promote your book insocial media). This kind of (promotion) seems tobe more covert than, say, (to advertise) or (carry out anad campaign).

Andall ofit comes under thebig umbrella of (marketing), which can be (commercial), (social) or political: (Political marketing inRussia is programming theelectorates behavior).

Andwe know how you do that: . Here we go again.





 


ALL ABOUT TOWN

Thursday, Aug. 28


Learn more about the citys upcoming municipal elections during the presentation of the project Road Map for the Municipal Elections being presented this evening in the conference hall on the third floor of Biblioteka at 21 Nevsky Prospekt. Steve Kaddins, a coordinator for Beautiful St. Petersburg, which gives residents an online forum to lodge complaints about infrastructure problems in the city, will be on hand to answer any questions. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. and is open to all.



Friday, Aug. 29


Park Pobedy will feature the sights and sounds of the world outside of Russia during the Open Art International Festival today. Taste foreign cuisine, learn how to make tea like the Chinese or relax in a hammock during the free event. Although entrance is free, you must register beforehand if you wish to attend.



Saturday, Aug. 30


Break out the tweed and channel your inner Englishman during the English Hunt Picnic this afternoon organized by the Bagmut stables from Krasny Bor in the Leningrad Oblast. Equestrian stunts, English archery and classic hunting fashion will all be available to visitors hoping to live like the characters in Downton Abbey if only for a day. Tickets for the event cost 7,900 rubles ($219.40).


Bookworms will have their chance to swap out well-read classics for something new for their bookshelves at Knigovorot, a free book exchange that will be held in the Yusupov Garden on Sadovaya Ulitsa today. Come for the chance to get a new book or take the opportunity to discuss the literary merits of your favorite authors with fellow fans.



Sunday, Aug. 31


The Neva Delta International Blues Festival wraps up this afternoon on Vasilevsky Island with a concert featuring not only some of Russias best blues bands but international stars as well. Admission is free for all three days of the festival, which begins on Aug. 29, and the shows starting at 5 p.m. each day.



Monday, Sept. 1


Today marks the beginning of Lermontov-Fest, a fall festival celebrating the life of one of Russias most remarkable poets who, in a fate eerily similar to Pushkins, was killed in a duel at the age of 26. Organized by the Lermontov Library System, the next several months will see art exhibitions, concerts and public lectures focusing on the Lermontovs short yet prolific career. Check the Lermontov Library Systems website for more details.



Tuesday, Sept. 2


Join expats and practice your Russian during the Russian Clubs weekly meetings every Tuesday night at 7:30 p.m. The club is free to participate in although you need to be a registered member of Couchsurfing.



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