My name is Evgeny, I live in Moscow, Russia, and teach at a medical university. This is my website.

What can be found here?

  • Chiefly my blog,
  • but also some software I develop in my spare time,
  • as well as my reactions that I send webmentions from,
  • and various little things, such as
    • my PGP key for confidential messages
    • or links to my various accounts (under the picture above).
  • The Fediverse handle is, but RSS is a better way to subscribe.

Recent posts:

It Is the Youth That Must Fight

The German Embassy in Moscow refused our visa applications (this summer, we were going to visit my brother-in-law who lives in Berlin). Well, these are the time we’re living in, I guess. Quote Bei der Prüfung der Rückkehrbereitschaft spielt die sich in den letzten Monaten radikal veränderte Situation sowie die politische wie wirtschaftliche Isolation Ihres Heimatlandes eine Rolle. Aktuell ist nicht mehr savon auszugehen, dass Umstände, die in den vergangenen Jahren noch als hinreichendes Indiz der Rückkehrbereitschaft gewertet werden konnten, aktuell die Rückkehrbereitschaft mit dem gleichen Gewicht indizieren.

Hovercards and Cover Images

I’ve been toying with the idea of adding hovercards to this site for quite some time now. Some things were holding me back, my lack of technical competence not the last among them, but I finally did it. The final push was reading about the visible links idea which makes a lot of sense to me. As that article points out, Wikipedia does hovercards for a reason, and while I don’t claim my writing is similarly important, the general idea of giving a reader more context with less effort is rather appealing.

Most discussed:

Leveraging IndieWeb to Avoid Storing Others' Data

Owning your own data is great. I’ve been using this website as the central IndieWeb point of my online life for over five years, and I love it. However, the joy of owning your own website comes bundled with great responsibility: as the website owner, I am responsible for what’s on my site and for what’s stored “under the hood” to make this website work. It’s not a huge issue as long as I only post my own content on my site, but the cool thing about the IndieWeb — as opposed to “regular” Web — is its social aspect, the ability to interact with other people running other websites.

Voice Messages

This post is about obvious things, but it looks like they aren’t that obvious to some people. Many messengers allow to send voice messages instead of text. These messages are problematic: you can’t read them in a meeting, you can’t skim through them later to remember what the conversation was about, you can’t search the contents of these messages… The fact that the voice messages are possible to send doesn’t mean you should.