This paper briefly recalls some of the cognitive functions
of metaphors used to sense the future. The focus here is on issues in Russian.
The future is obviously a feature of our understanding of time. Faced with the
complexities and challenges of the times, much effort has gone into the development
of models and scenarios through which to comprehend the future of our country
and to guide the navigation of policy-makers. The author argues that particular
metaphors for configuring understanding of the future have both specific advantages
and disadvantages. The problem raised in the article is if it matters which
metaphor is used to sense the future of Russia, because "future" itself
may prove to be a metaphor.