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Solnechnogorsk ("Sun City")
Moscow oblast    

~40km km from the edge of Moscow. Right on the Moscow to St. Petersburg highway. Railroad station Podsolnechnaya.

Prefix "pod" means "under", "sol" is "sun", and the rest is suffixes and endings that you only need to know enough to cut them off because suffixes indicate subtle shades of meaning and endings are there only for grammar. But do yourself a favour - learn to identify prefixes and roots. Often they will be familiar to an educated speaker of English and other European languages. "Pod-sol-nukh" is "under-sun-someone", or "sunflower". "-nechnaya" makes an adjective out of "podsolnukh". Try breaking long Russian words into parts and the language may appear less strange.

Population close to 60 th.

Built in the late 40s as one of the centers of nuclear research and/or the army division that specializes in rockets. There's got to be a name for it.

A quiet place with a definite provincial feel. At least as of 6-7 years ago when I stayed there a couple of days.

If you need to stay there I have acquaintances willing to rent out a room or an apartment. Good and very reasonable. [May be outdated. Check on that.]

Attractions no doubt include WW2 stuff as the area is about where the civilizing mission of Germans was stopped because at the time they suffered mass insanity with all the usual consequences while their adversaries where willing to send millions of unarmed untrained psedosoldiers to the front. They would have done much better better had they hired me as as a consultant and facilitator before their invasion. Don't be like them! If thinking of gettin something out of Russia - whether you are an invader, a businessman, or a Russian bride seeker - get me to do a skeptical assessment of your plans and take a look at my support services.

Solnechnogorsk I think is associated with Alexander Block. The one who wrote in praise of the revolution (eg. see his "Twelve") and then died of hunger in 1919. Don't quote me on that but I think decadence era poets had a hangout somewhere in the back of the village of Posdolnechny as Solnechnogorsk was called back then.

"Gor" is the core of "gorod", "city", which is related to "guarded". "-gorsk" is attached to noun to make a city name such as "Medvezhye-gorsk" or "Severo-gorsk". "Medved" in turn consists of "med", probably related to French "miel", "honey", and "ved", "ved", "someone who knows", cf. Sanskrit "vedas". If I only could get you travellers to look at Russian that way! A foreign language, true. Not an easy one. But not from another planet either.

Of famous people alive I can only think of Vasily Lozhkin, who lives escapist lifestyle that's back in favour with intelligensia of the Putin-forever era, paints cats, ugly babushkas, and visions typical of delirium tremens.


After one of my own escapist episodes powered by a variety of CH3CH2OH-containing liquids Alexandra installed one of Vasily Lozhkin's paintings onto my computer's monitor. Being a techno-peasant I don't know how to delete it. After a while I got used to and even learned to appreciate it, thus this link to the author. On his site I was particularly touched by explicit lack of copyright and an invitation to use his art as one likes. Hence my featuring him on this Solnechnogorsk page and use of his "Drunk Father Drowned" as a background.

Remember "sol"="sun" (solar), "nechn" is a suffix or suffixes that you don't need to know but only identify as NOT a critical part of a word, "gor" is a cognate, if that's the right word, of "guarded" and means "city", and "sk" again is a suffix to make all that stuff into a complete word.



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