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The US avoided the native and quixotic 'Qazaqstan', but adopted Kazakhstan; even though the kh in the middle of the word is clearly a Russianism (as are Russian used suffixes, ov/ev ending on most Central Eurasian names--eg Nazarbayev, Karimov, Rakhmonov, and Niyazov).
The excerpts from Nechui-Levytsky on 'Ukrainianism versus Russianism' (1891) and from Bohdan Kistiakovsky's essay 'On the Issue of a Distinctive Ukrainian Culture' (1911) reminded me with what fire (on the one hand) and grace (on the other) Ukrainians could defend their culture at a time when the tribulations to which it was being subjected were intensifying.
Russia's current fiscal debacle is not a novelty--failure runs in the family, and the story of the collapse of the Soviet military is the very paradigm of Russianism. Russia has not been born anew; rather, it is the shocked and crippled Victim of a monstrous experiment, and it will remain a bitter convalescent throughout our lifetimes.