Monthly Archives: April 2010

Bears in a Honey Trap

I have a piece out today in Foreign Policy about the honeypot the Russian opposition has got its paws in, and why Russians don’t care about sex tapes. At all. The phone call came in the middle of the night. … Continue reading

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Putin, Medvedev are straight, manly, confident

Holding forth at a joint press conference with his best friend/muse/doppelganger Silvio Berlusconi, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin let us all know that he is not sleeping with President/underling/sidekick Dmitry Medvedev. Asked about the nature of their relationship Putin said, … Continue reading

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Moscow, you should be ashamed of your racist, xenophobic self — but, of course, you're not

Crossing the underground transfer to the Paveletskaya stop on the circle line in the Moscow metro this morning, I found myself swallowed up by a bunch of singing, rowdy youths. Decked out in red-and-white scarves, they were on their way … Continue reading

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You want an adoption scandal?

It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything about Artyem, the 7-year-old boy whose adoptive mother took him back to customer service like some kind of irregularly knit sweater.¬†The scandal around the boy’s unceremonious return — and let me be … Continue reading

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Birthday surprise: Lenin is Tchaikovsky's long-lost relative

Vladimir Ilyich Lenin, father of the world proletariat, turns 140 today. To celebrate, historians at his museum in Ulyanovsk — Lenin’s maiden name was Ulyanov and the town where he was born was renamed accordingly upon his death in 1924 … Continue reading

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'Put away your bubbles!' and other neo-Nazi funnies

On Sunday, a flash mob of 500 gathered in St. Petersburg to partake in an annual tradition: blowing bubbles to celebrate the arrival of spring. This time, they were met by another mob, this one of 30 suspected neo-Nazis who … Continue reading

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Jump-starting Russia's protest movement

I have a piece out in Foreign Policy today about FAR, an automotive rights group in Russia that has become a model for how civil society could work here. Traveling through early 19th-century America, French intellectual¬†Alexis de Tocqueville noted, “In … Continue reading

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