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For anyone wondering why I spent an entire chapter talking about Russian authors in my fic, I just started reading my book on the history of the KGB and they spend a few pages in the into chapter just to talk about Pasternak and Solzhenitsyn. The opening scene to another Soviet-era book I’m reading started with the court asking the defendant if he had written a certain poem. 

Controlling published literature is inseparable from the discussion of authoritarian regimes, especially when it comes to cultures in which literature and poetry is placed on such a high pedestal, as it is in Russia. So never ever think that creative writing is unimportant. It is the heart and soul of a nation.

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While examining weathered rock art in Siberian Russia, archaeologists found additional rock images, some 12 miles away in northwestern Mongolia. When the Russian engravings were discovered in the 1990s and early 2000s at Kalgutinsky Rudnik, the images were thought to be between 8,000 and 10,000 years old. The animals shown were not identifiable, and researchers were not sure if they depicted extinct or imagined creatures.

The new study identified an additional image from the Mongolian sites of a woolly rhinoceros and a baby woolly mammoth. Woolly mammoths went extinct some 15,000 years ago which makes the sites at least that old.

The images were also shown to have been made with stone implements. In addition, the patina on the stones indicates the images are older than previously thought. The researchers concluded the images in the two locations had been drawn in the so-called Kalgutinsky style, which dates to the Upper Paleolithic period (roughly 40,000 years ago to 10,000 years ago).

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