At a campaign event at the Russian Academy of Sciences, Mr. Prokhorov (the now-defeated Presidential hopeful) said that “classical Russian literature is the main moral pillar” of Russian society.
It is probably this statement that moved Thomas De Waal to write a very thoughtful piece for Foreign Policy that looks at three of the greatest works of Russian literature and maps them onto the contemporary histories of Russia, Ukraine and Georgia. De Waal's argument is that Gogol, Chekhov and Dosteyvsky have more to teach us about "[these countries'] lurches from one crisis to another, weird hybrid political systems, unstable stability" than most Western Post-Soviet analysts.
Literature vs. social science, anyone?
Truth vs. fact?
What do you think?
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