Nasreddin in Russia newspaper


Nasreddin in Russia newspaper

This newspaper recounts how Nasreddin Hodja, a folk character renowned for his wit and talent for getting out of troubles, and famed from Aksehir to the Pamirs, from Bukhara to the Balkans, went to work in Russia. Or rather, it recounts how we, a group of artists and migrant workers, looked for Nasreddin’s qualities in each other and ourselves.
Cultural ties between the newly independent post-Soviet countries
have almost been lost. But maybe Nasreddin, the naive sage or wise fool
who roams the land riding backwards on a donkey, can help us not to lose them completely? We met once a week from March to July 2014 in cafes, teahouses, courtyards. We imagined how Nasreddin Hodja and his sister (a character we invented) would react to situations in which migrant workers often end up. In the newspaper Nasreddin in Russia, we publish the fruits of these meetings and contest to find the best Nasreddin joke: Anna Tereshkin’s sketches and comics, with dialogue supplied by the contestants.Насреддин-в-России-выпуск-3-Nasreddin-in-Russia-newspaper-3-issue

Illustrations by Anna Tereshkina
supported by Cologne Academy of the Art of the World

Requiem for a Creative Class

Creacle is a Russian slang word for member of the creative class.

A poet and writer Dmity Golinko is reading exerts from his essay reflecting on the ideas of Richard Florida on the shore of Finnish gulf in Saint-Petersburg.

A musician Sergey Igorevich Kuzmischev is trying to play cyber-cello floating in a coffin.

camera and editing

Dmitry Model

Dmitry Golynko

text (first published at Project Baltia magazine № 21)


John Nicolson


Victor Lubimtzev