The Russian vloggers — so much is happening!

Daniil and 1420

This should be available when you read this post — which is being prepared on the 26th soon after midday my time. The time Daniil gives on this would refer also to my time, not Daniil’s. YouTube does that.

Watch on YouTube — the latest as of the morning of 26th May.

4 am

My phone lighting up woke me an hour ago. It was an alert to say Daniil’s live vlog had started.

Defenceless under the night
Our world in stupor lies;
Yet, dotted everywhere,
Ironic points of light
Flash out wherever the Just
Exchange their messages:
May I, composed like them
Of Eros and of dust,
Beleaguered by the same
Negation and despair,
Show an affirming flame.

W H Auden — September 1 1939

Mind you — now at 5.30 am having watched most of it — it appears the 1420 vlog is not as ambitious politically as one might have thought. Early on he is asked about NFKRS (Roman) but claims not to know who he is. We also learn that he has travelled in recent times, is currently living in Moscow, and that he and Artyom (on the right) who speaks no English are just friends from the 5th Grade on. 1420 — this I did know — is the number of the high school in Moscow they both attended. Daniil is 22, Artyom 23. Artyom is the one who asks most of the questions in the vox pops. I suspect Daniil of putting up a few smokescreens in this post — despite the denials he and Artyom are in any real danger. That itself may be a smokescreen! Consider some of the material on their channel — such as showing Russians footage of Mariupol or of damage to hospitals in Ukraine….

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Roman in Tbilisi — an absolute cry from the heart!

Do not miss this one!

I was moved to add to the over 6,500 comments — I have never approached Roman directly before. It will probably be lost among the thousands — but it has to 26th May 12.30 had a like! To 12.30 on 26th May the post has been up for nine hours and has had 160,000 views.

I am an Australian who turns 80 come July. My 3X great-grandfather was an Irish convict who was sentenced for life and arrived in Australia in 1822. Some of my other ancestors go back 60,000 years in this place. Today is National Sorry Day when we are encouraged to think of them. I so relate to what you are saying. I just hope it reaches some of those who have the power of decision-making in this world and makes them think about the many people in positions like yours or even worse. Hope this thought helps a little.

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Zack the Russian

Zack’s vlog — also from Tbilisi — is one of the very best Russian vlogs. This 21-year-old left Russia in March 2022. He is outspoken in his opposition to the war and very well informed.

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Denis Islamov — still in Vladivostok

A powerful post.

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Vasya in the Hay

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There will be another post especially featurung Ukraine vloggers and some choice situation analyses.

Yes Junior HP is still working and so am I! In this post more Russian vlogs, some from Ukraine, and a couple of guides in the murk…

From Russia with love

That really applies to the wonderful Vasya in the Hay. “This channel was created to show people around the world how people live in remote villages in Russia.” I came to it because Daniil from 1420 recommended it. I guarantee you will love these two linked posts. Of the second one my friend Rosemary on FB said: “How uplifting! Man’s humanity to man.”

The story begins thus:

Watch Part 1 on YouTube

Watch Part 2 on YouTube

No spoilers from me, but you would have to have a hard heart not to be moved…

Daniil Orain’s 1420

1420 is a magnificent vox pop vlog presided over by Daniil but involving a team of interviewers asking not so innocent questions on Russian streets.

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From Ukraine

Real Ukraine

Also a vox pop vlog..

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That Lviv Girl

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Vlad Vexler is a must!

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Professor Gerdes is always enlightening

The fact that he is quite upfront about being a conservative Republican — albeit one with impeccable critical literacy skills — actually makes his insights all the more interesting. He is no Trumpie acolyte or hack. Solid instead. And he understands the value of uncertainty. In other words, he really is intelligent. He really is a conservative, I would say, unlike most who claim that word for themselves in the USA and even on the right extremes here in Australia.

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In which soon after sunrise here in West Wollongong I contemplate the Russian and Ukrainian vlogs on 9 May

Yes, I am borrowing titling style from Loon Pond.

Dawn in West Wollongong

Götterdämmerung in Moscow through Russian and Ukrainian eyes

Anna in Ukraine

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Watch live with Zack the Russian in Tbilisi

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It is one hour and 42 minutes long…

A Ukrainian Canadian

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Konstantin — a Russian in exile

Watch on YouTube One hour and 21 minutes.

Analysis by Vlad Vexler

My go-to commentator! Born in Russia, educated at Oxford, an extraordinary lucid and balanced political philosopher in London. He battles and sometimes vlogs about a serious chronic illness. Wonderfully wise person.

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The latest vox pop from 1420 in Russia

Not directly about 9th May but very relevant. Watch on YouTube. Some of this may be depressing!