Tag Archives: Asia

Plot twist: Battle against corruption produces more corruption

The Interior Ministry’s Department of Economic Security reports today that as President Dmitry Medvedev’s war on corruption heats up, so has corruption. In the first six months of 2010, the size of the average bribe has nearly doubled, from 23,000 … Continue reading

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Real Housewives of Moscow

Because you guys seem to enjoy discussions about Russian women and money, I figured I would repost my latest article, from Slate, here. It is about how corrupt Russian bureaucrats use their wives as offshore bank accounts to hide the … Continue reading

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I so knew it

Remember that extra-fishy World Cup match where the Portuguese crushed the North Koreans 7-nil? Turns out I wasn’t the only who smelled the fish rot. A group of loyal St. Petersb– er, Leningrad Communists were also paying attention and their … Continue reading

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Manas stays, America breathes easy for now

Speaking at a press conference in Bishkek on Thursday, the new Kyrgyz leader — and former foreign minister — Roza Otunbayeva announced she would take control of Kyrgyzstan and rule for six months before allowing free elections. Somewhere, the seat … Continue reading

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Putin on Kyrgyzstan Revolution: Wasn't me

While Putin was off commemorating the 70th anniversary of the massacre of 20,000 Polish officers by Russian secret police at Katyn, Kyrgyzstan was going up in the flames of revolution. By nightfall, the opposition — still unclear who they are … Continue reading

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