Monthly Archives: February 2010

Nothing says 'Happy Friday!' like a two-legged dog

Today, I bring to you this, a Russian news report about an Israeli who adopts a dog with only two legs. Cringe factor is extraordinarily high, and you’ll also notice a strong redemption trope. Advertisements

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In wake of hockey loss, for once, Russia doesn't hide its shame

This morning the Russians who didn’t stay up to see their hockey team get trounced by the Canadians 7:3, woke up to find that their hockey team had been trounced by the Canadians 7:3. It was the first time in … Continue reading

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Enemy retreats from Moscow, re-enactors party like it's 1942

Okay, this is kind of great. On February 23, Defenders of the Fatherland Day (née Red Army Day), 22 employees from the Vadim Zadorozhny Technical Museum and activists from the Motherland’s History Milestones reenacted the momentous occasion when, in February 1942, … Continue reading

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Putin and Medvedev blood brothers. Really.

In an interview with French journal Paris Match, Russian President Dmitri Medvedev laughed when his interlocutor reminded him of Vladimir Putin’s September remarks about the 2012 elections and which one of them will run. “We shall come to an agreement,” Putin … Continue reading

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Plushenko shows flashes of delusion, platinum, then a little less delusion

On Monday, Yahoo! News reported that Evgeni Plushenko, who took gold in men’s sniveling at Vancouver last week, was actually feeling all better because he had simply changed his frame of reference: he gave himself a platinum medal. That’s right. … Continue reading

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Putin to Plushenko: your silver worth gold, your eyes contain galaxies

After three and a half years off the ice, gold-medal winning Russian figure skater and parfum hawker Yevgeny Plushenko has returned, dragging behind him all the prima donna habits he’s acquired in the years of socialite-bouncing twixt then and now. … Continue reading

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Study theology, modernize the economy

If you haven’t heard, modernization and also innovation were really in for this year’s Russia fall/winter collection. Most of the talk has centered on reversing brain drain, improving education, fostering technological and nanotechnological innovation, and pulling the Russian economy out … Continue reading

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