Tuesday, August 30, 2005
The beautiful girls of Russia
Edvard Radzinsky writes in the Wall Street Journal:
For the greater part of the 20th century, Russia's population suffered from the nightmare of wars, repression and perpetual hunger. There was the famine of the Civil War, the famine of the years of collectivization, and the famine of the Second World War. It almost seems as if the relative prosperity of recent years has engendered a peculiar reaction of the flesh, something almost akin to gratitude. All across the country, a plethora of beautiful girls has sprung up.Read the full thing. Radzinsky, who has written some fascinating books on Russian history, traces the position of women in Russia from the 18th century, when a popular saying went "A chicken's hardly a bird, a woman's hardly a person", to today's post-Soviet Russia, when Russian women "don't want to change the world. They want to conquer it."