I posted last year about an exhibition I attended at the Russian Cultural Centre here in Beijing. It was a collection of memorabilia about the Russian community in Harbin, and how it eventually came to an end after the Second World War. I’ve just seen a related article in the South China Morning Post which is rather interesting.
As I write, the annual Siberian Cossack System gathering is taking place in St. Petersburg. Once again, the timing didn’t work for me and I couldn’t attend. However, technology has improved in the past year, and a lot of things are being broadcast on Facebook Live – which just reminds me how much I’m missing and how much I would like to be there!
Back in mid-December 2016, I returned to St. Petersburg for a 3-week break. I went back for two main reasons: to revisit the lovely city where I lived for over a year and catch up with some of my friends there, and to attend Russian classes at a language school in the hope of giving my command of Russian a kick-start.
However, I also had a third aim: to catch up with Fedor Tarabukin, of the Siberian Cossack Systema group.
Fort Russ recently published an interesting piece: Cossack Media Group on the Frontline of Donbass Journalism.
So, seven months after I decided to dive into work, the slow season has returned.
Two weeks after the UK voted to leave the European Union, I’m sitting in a hotel room in Wuhan, sipping green tea, and mulling things over. Does this have anything to do with Russian Martial Arts? I think it does, and specifically with Andrey Karimov’s Siberian Cossack Systema, and some of the reports that I’ve seen coming out from the seminar in May. And zombies, of course.
With a great sense of disappointment, I decided last weekend not to attend Andrey Karimov’s seminar in May. The reasons are very specifically personal, but since people have been reading about the seminar via this blog, I felt I should mention it.
I recently bought and downloaded one of Andrey Karimov’s videos via Olivia Overturf’s Cowboys and Cossacks site: Australian Cossack with Vitaly Patrin. As Olivia says in the video description, it’s “Great for the Cossack or Russian history aficionado” – amongst whom I count myself. Being very dialogue-heavy, it’s not something that most people would need to rush to buy. Still, it’s connected to a part of Russian history that’s still little-known, which is the experience of the White Russians who fled to China during and after the Russian Civil War.