BRS News


Genre Matters

Genre Matters

Soul Culture

Poetry fan kills prose partisan. Who was right? Who is to blame? What is to be done?

Too Much Soul for One Body

Too Much Soul for One Body

Biggest Souls

As we have long foreseen, Alla Pugacheva's soul recently grew too large for one body to contain. To protect us all from a Tunguska-level soul overload event, she spawned two new bodies to contain the overflow.

Man Shoots Man Over Kant

Man Shoots Man Over Kant

Soul Culture

Is it still tragic if it's non-fatal? We do not know. That, I would say, is a philosophical question. We do know one thing, however.

Russian Amateur Astronomers Amaze

Russian Amateur Astronomers Amaze

Soul Science

The meteor burst above Chelyabynsk has given the world a glimpse of our nation of scientists, ever-prepared to document scientific phenomena and analyze them on the spot.

I'll Make Love to You

I'll Make Love to You

Souls in Love

According to UK's Daily Mail, President Putin has hired Boyz II Men to pump up the volume of Russia's birth rate. Apparently, Boney M was not available.

Into the Taiga

Into the Taiga

Extreme Soul

We are struck nearly speechless by the monumental souls of the gluten-free Old Believers who lived 40 years alone in the Taiga.

Welcome, Noble Tax Exile

Welcome, Noble Tax Exile

In honor of his work in Kevin Lima's great film 102 Dalmations, the great President Vladimir Putin has granted Russian citizenship to the great Gerard Depardieu.

At Last! Putin Fan Fiction

At Last! Putin Fan Fiction

Putin is a Stud

It had to happen. Perhaps it has been happening all along but on such a scale of soulful magnificence that, like the mighty forest, we were so lost in its vastness that we could not see it around us.

Our Perfect Laws Are Working!

Our Perfect Laws Are Working!

Soul Politics

It is hard for foreigners to understand, but some souls are so big that by themselves they constitute a public mass gathering. Rostislav Zhuravlyov from Yekaterinburg is one such soul.

Learn Russian the Right Way

Learn Russian the Right Way

Soul Culture

Speak English? Need to learn Russian? You haven't a hope of mastering our powerful language, but if you're going to try we recommend this course.

Damn Straight We Are, Senator Grassley

Damn Straight We Are, Senator Grassley

Soul Politics

In case you haven't heard, the Americans are upset that a bunch of high-testosterone, gun-toting real men hired Columbian prostitutes. This was confusing to us, but now it turns out they're just upset they didn't hire quality Russian prostitutes.

Viktor Erofeyev Joshes With Us

Viktor Erofeyev Joshes With Us

Soul Culture

With the phrase, "the inexplicable, almost universal delight that Russians take in the notion of drunken disorder," it becomes obvious that Mr. Erofeyev is joking. Surely he cannot fail to understand such a basic aspect of the Big Russian Soul.

Ten Hours of Eduard Khil

Ten Hours of Eduard Khil

Soul Culture

We have mixed feelings about Eduard Khil's resurgent Trololo fame. Clearly the man has soul, but what does his fame among the soulless mean?

Man in Parka Imitates Putin

Man in Parka Imitates Putin

Poor Imitations

It has come to our attention that some American pop star has chosen to imitate Putin. He is nowhere near as strong or handsome as our dear once and future President, so why does he try?

Burger King Has Soul?

Burger King Has Soul?

Unlikely Soul

We have long insisted that foreigners cannot acquire a BRS just by virtue of residing within our virtuous borders. It appears, however, that corporate entities can at least hire a little big soul.

Bilbo's Got Soul

Bilbo's Got Soul

Soul Culture

Despite his roots in the longing of certain Englishmen for the old agrarian ways and the associated pecking order, Bilbo Baggins has soul. How? The illustrations on this Soviet-era edition just reek of BRS. Also, the site that's hosting them is littered with photo ads featuring nearly-naked women. So... not safe for work but chock full of soul.

Could Ronnie Dunn Have a BRS?

Could Ronnie Dunn Have a BRS?

Soul Culture

Is it possible that the author of "Boot-Scootin' Boogie" could have a Big Russian Soul? We are skeptical. But we know his secret stash of Soviet art is already quietly changing the nature of American country music.

Russian American Community

Tainted Souls

Keep an eye on this website, RusUSA, a large collection of resources and "The Place of fun and entertainment of Russian America!" And by "keep an eye on," we mean monitor this website. Geared as it is toward those brave defenders of the BRS who live in the USA, the authors have a special responsibility to portray the BRS appropriately.\r\n\r\n[Note: If you have trouble reading it in Russian, this page translates itself for you if you click the "English" link at the top.]

Kholodets!

Soul Food

Ahhhh, sweet kholodets. Take a break from your Beeg Mak and your fries of freedom and choke down some delicious kholodets, or, as it's called in English, "Feet in Aspic." Mmmmmmm...

Ask a Russian

Soul Tourism

You've taken our test and received the bad news that your soul is only an ordinary soul, or even sub-par? Óâû!!! However, all is not lost, as the Board Certified souls at this site will answer any question, however soulless, that you might have concerning the Mother of all Motherlands. \r\n\r\n

Metro Kissing Ban?

Legislated Morality

As part of the ongoing effort to make 00's Moscow more like the Southern US in the 80's, Moscow "city authorities" are planning a ban on kissing in the Metro. This follows the ban on Halloween and (we presume) precedes the made-for-TV movies about the evils of Dungeons and Dragons.

The Other St. Petersburg

Soul Treatises

DANGER!! This site has more soul than even some Russians can handle. Just browsing to this site will infect you with a Big Soul virus. You'll find yourself buying pickled goods you never knew existed. Consider yourself warned: do not tread this path.

Give That Man a Sock (follow-up)

People With Soul

A scurrilous reporter read our posting on the Dobby/Putin controversy and declared, "Libel law doesn't work that way." True, we are big-souled and do not understand this "parody" notion that she holds so dear. Nor do we understand her reference to a "First Amendment". Ah well, perhaps if we keep reading CNN we too will understand such subtleties. She, alas, lacks the soul to understand us.

Souls at an Exhibition

Soul Tourism

When in Moscow, don't miss the world's largest foto-albom of Russian souls--in their natural habitat, no less. "It is a kaleidoscope of toothless peasants, posed bourgeoisie, cobblers in aprons, and stiff Soviet politicians, toasting, talking, singing and sometimes eating."

Russians Abroad

Soul Food

You can take the soul out of Russia, but you can't take the Russian out of the Soul. Feed your soul with this site, which promises you "Russian Chat, Russian Dating, Russian Cuisine..." and more.

Give that man a sock!

People With Soul

It's not enough that Harry Potter rips off the Russian concept of witches, now they have to rip off our leader as well. Dobby the house elf must go.

Birth of a Nation

Soul Treatises

No, this isn't about Klansmen and choppy black & white film. This is about a

Dancing Soul, strong and old
Had by Russia 'lone.
See its size, big and bold.
Dig it! The Russian Soul.

Russian Misery Tourism

Soul Tourism

"All the pains and occasional pleasures of rural Russia for a mere $25/night contribution to the local economy." What can we say that Uncle Pasha doesn't say himself? He provides dog rental services... now that is full-service guide.

Drunken poor writer + furious brown bear = BRS ??

Soul Treatises

This guy claims to understand the Big Russian Soul. We say that's a loaf of "bred," but nevertheless give him a chetvyorka for for the effort and heartily recommend his treatise to the kul'turnye invalidi of the world. You know who you are.

Flatley = Soul?

Souls in the News

We at BRS.org feel ourselves disturbed by this news. Michael Flatley, BRS? Please, please, say it isn't so.

Soul vs. Soul Betrayer

Souls in the News

As the Olympics unfold, ignore the whines of soulless Canadians who don't understand that a perfect quad Lutz is nothing compared to a perfect Soul. And root for Evgeni Plushenko. Or don't root for him, but he'll win anyway because his soul is undiluted. "It was not so easy to see he would become what he is today," [his coach] says, "but I saw he had feelings for beauty. He also had a strong soul." Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner.

Know Your Composers

People With Soul

This astute quiz does not directly address the BRS, but could be restated as "follow the BRS to the BRS-bearing composer." It is a fine illustration of the multi-faceted nature of the grand BRS.

Zhirinovskiy Interview

People With Soul

This interview of Vladimir Zhirinovski by an American member of Christian Coalition illustrates the possibilities for the souls of America and Russia to meet. As Zhirinovskiy intimates, together we can be "possessed" of a unifying spirit.

The Soul is the Key

Soul Treatises

This short, linguistic analysis provides a broad sketch of the bare outline of the never-to-be-fully-mapped Big Russian Soul.

The Elusive Soul of Russian Music

Soul Treatises

"Rachmaninov, Shostakovich and Prokofiev did not need to use this music to prove their Russianness." Of course they don't: they have their Big Russian Souls. We have not yet counted the recurrences of the word "great" in this article because it is too huge a task. In other words, this article is by a British BRS wannabe who understands the BRS as well as can be expected given his circumstances.

BRS Food

Soul Food

True Vodka Has SoulHey, no promises about soul-enhancement (see our FAQ) but sometimes a guy's just got a hankerin' for a hunk o' tvorog.

Absolute Russian Girls

Soul Mates

If you don't have a BRS, you can get a bit closer by marrying one of these beautiful girls. Sure, you won't have a Russian Soul, but at least you can watch your wife demonstrate the proper, soulful way to go to a disco.