Me in Yaroslavl, Russia

Me in Yaroslavl, Russia

Hello and welcome! My name is Robyn Walters and I am currently a junior at Virginia Tech. I am majoring in Political Science with a minor in History. Now, you may be thinking to yourself, what in the world is СОВЕТ? Well, in Russian СОВЕТ means advice and is pronounced like “soviet” is in english. Since I will be blogging about 20th century Russian history, I decided to name my blog in honor of a popular Russian joke that I learned from one of my Russian professors during my study abroad in Moscow. It goes something like this: One day, a farmer living in the Soviet Union wanted to throw a celebration. Therefore, he needed a sheep for the feast. However, the farmer did not have a sheep so he went to his neighbor and asked, “Do you have a sheep for my feast?” The farmer’s neighbor replied, “I do not have a sheep, but I do have some advice (совет). Go and ask my neighbor.” The farmer then went to the next farm and asked, “Do you have a sheep for my feast?”. The farmer received the same answer as before, “I do not have a sheep, but I do have some advice (совет). Go and ask my neighbor.” The farmer then went to the next farm, receiving the same answer to his question. This continued until he had circled back to his farm, with no sheep, only advice. Therefore, the only thing the Soviet Union could give a man was совет.