Monthly Archives: May 2010

Chess saga continues with scathingly legalistic open letter

On Saturday, the day before he turned 59, chess champion and Russia’s contested nominee for the International Chess Federation (FIDE) presidency, Anatoly Karpov fired off a scathing open letter. Addressed to his “dear colleagues,” the letter took aim at Arkady … Continue reading

Posted in sports, strange, Uncategorized, world | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

That'll show 'em

For the last month or so, drivers’ rights advocates in Moscow have been protesting VIP sirens, the strange exceptionalism carved into the Russian legal system that allows the bearers of these special blue sirens to almost completely disregard traffic laws … Continue reading

Posted in strange, Uncategorized, world | Tagged , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Kremlin seizes Russian Chess Federation offices; no pawn pun intended

For those of you following the titillating chess scandal unfolding in Moscow, today brings new, exciting, dangerous developments. As Carl Schrek reported in Foreign Policy this week, the Kremlin has been starting to meddle a bit in the nomination of … Continue reading

Posted in strange, Uncategorized, world | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

On gays and other perverts

As Moscow gears up for once again banning the gay pride parade later this month, Russia Today, the Kremlin’s wonderful cable propaganda channel, has been doing some tough reporting — as well as some important self-discovery. On May 6, RT … Continue reading

Posted in strange, Uncategorized, world | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

When failure is not an option

This Saturday, the scary but increasingly useless pro-Kremlin youth group “Nashi” had a rally in central Moscow. They bussed in thousands of kids. Many of them, a friend noted, were carrying shopping bags because the free trip to the capital … Continue reading

Posted in strange, Uncategorized, world | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Do you know who I am?

Today, I bring you another tale of swaggering servants of the Russian people. On Victory Day, May 9, a huge column of tanks, armored vehicles, and missiles paraded through Moscow, but then they had to get back to their base … Continue reading

Posted in strange, Uncategorized, world | Tagged , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

Obama, Biden, Putin and the snub that never was

On Sunday, Russia celebrated its 65th Victory Day. For only the third time since the collapse of the Soviet Union, there was a full-scale military parade with Iskander missiles and helicopter gunships and tanks, tanks, and more tanks. (In case … Continue reading

Posted in strange, Uncategorized, world | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 7 Comments