Monthly Archives: August 2010

Told you so

I hate to say it, but I told you so. Yesterday, I wrote a piece about the Khimki miracle for Foreign Policy, in which I reckoned that this is not the end of the story and that the forest is … Continue reading

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LoLPutins

So before we wind up the Kadyrov contest, let’s start another. We’re going to go LolCats on this stellar photo of Dear Leader. Some suggestions so far: I CAN HAZ BABY MASSIAH?! AN HEIR! I HAZ ONE I LIKED THE … Continue reading

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Anna Chapman photoshoot (no witty title needed)

Better late than never, my pretties. Today, I bring you, yes, Anna Chapman. In the middle of a heat wave, this hottie participated in a photoshoot with Russian tabloid Zhara (or “Heat” [Lord, the puns]), a rag on which she … Continue reading

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Pimp my ride

When the Ministry of Emergency Situations was mobilizing hundreds of thousands of people and tens of thousands of people to fight fires of biblical proportions, we heard nothing, for some reason, about this Batmobile in its arsenal. Ladies and gentlemen, … Continue reading

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You wanna dance, old man?

What do you do if your name is Yuri Luzhkov and the Kremlin is pissed at you for your criminally selfish behavior and the piss-poor optics of your utter abandonment of Moscow while your city, your one jurisdiction burns? Get … Continue reading

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Who’s in charge, part 843

The Russian state statistics agency has just published some fantastic numbers. They show, once again, why things are the way they are in Russia, and the “why,” of course, has everything to do with money. Remember that poll of Russian … Continue reading

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A monogrammed liger

Russia has a unique way in doing just about everything. Usually, this way is a personalized way, and it is a way that also includes looking after the country’s endangered species. In September 2008, Vladimir Putin met a rare Amur … Continue reading

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