Today I want to tell a fantastic story about how a routine means of transportation – an ordinary city tram – connected the socio-cultural space of Moscow and Hong Kong. And it inspired the creation of the Mikhail Bulgakov Society as an intellectual platform uniting people ready to discuss and develop the writer’s philosophical ideas.

“The Master and Margarita”, Chapter IV – Weekly Reads

Ivan Bezdomny is shocked by what he sees. People gather around the deceased Berlioz and discuss the tragedy. It turns out that Annushka from Sadovaya street spilled the oil. Ivan, who has just heard a prediction from a foreigner, rushes to him for an explanation.

But the professor of black magic pretends that he does not understand Russian and leaves, accompanied by a strange man in a checkered jacket and a huge black cat. Bezdomny tries to catch up with them, but in vain.

“The Master and Margarita”, Chapter III – Weekly Reads

Everyone believed the professor except Berlioz. The last straw of his patience was the announcement of this abnormal person that he was going to move into his apartment. Leaving Bezdomny to look after the crazy man, Berlioz was going to take action against the foreigner, but first he had to run to the telephone booth. One call and the problem is solved.

On the way, he reflected on the words thrown after him that the devil exists and there is a seventh proof of this. He did not have time to bring his thoughts to their logical conclusion.

“The Master and Margarita”, Chapter I – Weekly Reads

We want to refresh your memory of the events that took place at the Patriarch’s Ponds in Moscow, where the chairman of the writers’ union Mikhail Berlioz and the poet Ivan Bezdomny were talking about Jesus Christ. A stranger intervened in their conversation and asked a very bold question about who, since there is no God, controls human life. In response to the statement “man rules himself,” he predicts Berlioz’s death: his head will be cut off by a “Russian woman, a member of the Komsomol” – and quite soon, because the mysterious Annushka has already spilled the sunflower oil.