Monthly Archives: November 2009

Follow the money

Vladimir Putin is from St. Petersburg. Most of Putin’s best freinds — the so-called “siloviki” — are from St. Petersburg. And so it makes sense, right?, that he loves the city so much that he would want to expand its … Continue reading

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I'm back; here's why I was away

Hello, dear readers. I am back! Apologies for not posting recently. I’ve been snowed under with several longer-form stories, two of which are out. First, an analysis of President Dmitry Medvedev’s state of the union-type of address last Thursday to … Continue reading

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Medvedev: It's just a matter of time zones

I am watching President Dmitry Medvedev’s state of the country address in an accoustically unfriendly marble hall and was amazed to hear the following proposal: reduce the number of time zones in Russia. Russians, he said, are proud of the … Continue reading

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James Bond, Arrested in Moscow

Not really, but a Halloween snafu results in some good old Cold War hilarity. via RUSSIA!

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Happy Day of National Somethingorother!

Today is the fourth annual Day of National Unity, which marks the 397th anniversary of the great Prince Pozharsky expelling the Polish-Lithuanian invaders in 1612, an event that marked the end of the Time of Troubles. Anecdotally, however, most Russians … Continue reading

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Russian press <3 blood-n-guts

Last night, at 5:00pm, a car with no plates strafed the life-force out of Shabtai von Kalmanovic, a former KGB spy turned shady (basketball) businessman. Whatever the man’s associations, the more interesting aspect of the story to me is the … Continue reading

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Back to the USSR-Imperial Russia Amalgamate

I once promised myself I would never use a clich├ęd headline such as the one I just used, but, people, the day has come when there’s finally reason to. Kirill, Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, has announced that it’s … Continue reading

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