August curse

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The August curse is a perceived phenomenon in Russia, in which tragic events are felt to occur unusually often in the month of August. Many possible explanations have been presented for the phenomenon.


Many journalists and experts have noted that, beginning in 1991, the most tragic events in Russia tend to take place in August.[1][2] Examples include many deadly accidents and incidents, terrorist attacks and two major wars.

Explanation attempts[edit]

There has been a lot of speculation in Russian media about possible explanations for the perceived phenomenon.[3]

It has been pointed out that the fact that many people take vacations in August may be a factor: the vacations leave a power-vacuum which terrorists and malefactors can then exploit.[1] Yevgeny Nadorshin, chief economist at Trust Bank has pointed out, that for many of the events the fact that they take place in August is only a coincidence, but for some the phenomenon can be explained. For example, Nadorshin said that vacation and inattention were certainly key factors in the 2009 Nazran bombing.[1]

Some have also presented supernatural explanations for the August curse. Astrologist Yelena Kuznetsova said in 2009, that the chaos will likely continue until mid-September because of the relative positions of Saturn and Uranus, and that Russia's horoscope is directly connected to the annual August turmoil.[3]

The usually hot weather of August has also been named as an explaining factor.[4]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Why August is Russia's tragic month". Moscow News. 24 August 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  2. ^ Blank, Stephen (6 September 2003). "Russia's August curse". Asia Times. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  3. ^ a b "August cruellest month for Russians". The National. 21 August 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-31. 
  4. ^ "WHY HAS AUGUST BEEN A BAD MONTH FOR RUSSIA OVER THE PAST DECADE?". The Russia Journal. 10 August 2001. Retrieved 2009-08-31.