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Promoting Propaganda

Published: May 14, 2014 (Issue # 1810)



Photo: Bigarthouse.ru

(Victory Day) used tobe my favorite Russian holiday. I would always tear up when I saw theveterans, covered fromneck towaist inmedals andribbons, marching proudly across Red Square. Andfor afew years, when we were all friends, I liked watching theother Allied veterans march along with their former Soviet comrades-in-arms.

This year, with another war raging, thefighter jets buzzing my apartment house during rehearsals forthe air show seem creepy, not cool. Andthe drumbeat of (propaganda) is like nothing I have ever seen or heard before.

Andso I find myself thinking constantly about aword I thought I could put onthe dusty top shelf ofmy mind andforget. came toRussian fromthe Latin propaganda, defined as (that which is tobe disseminated). Theword appeared inthe 17th-century Catholic Church, which founded agroup topropagate thefaith tothe unenlightened andunfaithful.

Andthat is pretty much what still does only thefaith changes over time andplace.

Most ofthe time, theword has anegative connotation inRussian. Infact, ina dictionary ofpolitical terminology, theword is defined inpart like this: (Propaganda was theterm used todescribe attempts bytotalitarian regimes tocompletely subordinate science andany other knowledge tothe interests ofstate policy).

So you find usage like this: , - (Thanks tothe ham-fisted propaganda, people were certain that they could only get thetruth fromthe radio voices [of America, etc.]).

But not all theways andmeans of and (to propagandize) are bad: , , . (A doctor should promote ahealthy lifestyle, ofcourse andby example, too).

and can also be used forthe promotion ofcommercial endeavors or products: , (He did everything he could topromote theMoscow Virtuosi).

Now this is usually (promotion), done bythe noun (promoter) through theverb (to promote).

Question: ? (How do you promote anintellectual book?) Answer: Byusing anative Russian verb like (to advance, promote).

(I will promote your book insocial media). This kind of (promotion) seems tobe more covert than, say, (to advertise) or (carry out anad campaign).

Andall ofit comes under thebig umbrella of (marketing), which can be (commercial), (social) or political: (Political marketing inRussia is programming theelectorates behavior).

Andwe know how you do that: . Here we go again.





 

ALL ABOUT TOWN

Wednesday, Sept. 3


Although the Peter and Paul Fortress sand sculptures are more central and therefore more visible to the throngs of tourists, the 300th Anniversary Park of St. Petersburgs own collection closes today. The World Collection of Sand Sculptures that have been on display at the park reaches its final day, so fans of the classic beach activity should get there while they can.



Thursday, Sept. 4


Vladimir I. Danchenkov, Head of Baltic Customs, will be in attendance during AmChams Customs and Transportation Committee Meeting convening this afternoon at the organizations office near St. Isaacs Square at 3 p.m.



Friday, Sept. 5


Scrabble lovers and chess masters get their chance to assert their intellectual dominance at the return of the British Book Centers Board Game Evenings tonight. Held weekly on Friday nights, the event gives both board game lovers and those hoping to improve their English the chance to meet, greet and compete. Check out the centers VK page for more details.



Saturday, Sept. 6


Athletes will relish the chance to get the latest gear and try out something new at I Choose Sport, an annual event at Lenexpo forum that plans to welcome more than 30,000 people this week to the international exhibition center. Not only will visitors get to try their hand at various athletic endeavors but they will also be able to peruse equipment that can fulfill their dreams of becoming a champion.


Local KHL team SKA St. Petersburg open their season this evening at home against Lokomotiv Yarovslavl at the Ice Palace arena next to the Prospekt Bolshevikov metro station. See their website for a full schedule and available tickets.



Sunday, Sept. 7


Check out retro and antique cars at Fort Konstantin on Kronstadt Island in the Gulf of Finland at FORTuna, a yearly car festival that highlights the eccentricities of the Soviet automobile industry. A car race, contests and a stunt show will give visitors a chance to rev their engines.



Monday, Sept. 8


This evening marks the opening of the two-week ballet festival High Season at the Mikhailovsky Theater. Check the theaters website for more details about performances and featured dancers.



Tuesday, Sept. 9


Discuss the latest news and issues at the AmCham Hazardous Waste Management Roundtable this morning in the Tango Conference Hall of the Sokos Hotel Palace Bridge on Birzhevoy Pereulok. Starting at 9 a.m., planned topics include the Krasny Bor landfill and waste transportation between Russia and Finland.


Learn more about the citys modern architectural trends at the SPIBA Real Estate and Construction Committees meeting on the topic Contemporary Petersburg Style: What is It? Participants will get the chance to discuss whats in-demand with RBI Holdings Irina Petrova and Lubava Pryanikova, and the current state of the local real estate market. Please confirm your attendance by Sept. 5 through SPIBAs website if you wish to attend.



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