Monthly Archives: October 2010

Worm hole

On Tuesday night, Dmitry Zelenin, the governor of Tver, went to the Kremlin for a fancy-pants state dinner with German President Christian Wulff. (Wulff was supposed to visit Tver later in his trip to discuss possibilities of economic cooperation. After … Continue reading

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Ballot stuffing

There is nothing more boring in this world than a set of irrelevant and rigged Russian regional elections. This is why I haven’t written about the day of “voting” that took place on Sunday, or about the predictable violations: vote … Continue reading

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Loosen up

After yesterday’s boobies-for-Puties calendar cratered the Russian blogosphere, the dean of the Moscow State University journalism gave the students a stern scolding, and today we get, what else, another calendar. Some other future journalistes from MGU donned their best strict … Continue reading

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Memory dvor

Finally, it is Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin’s birthday. To celebrate, I did my hair today and Moskovsky Komsomolets tracked down some of Vova’s old friends from the dvor (the yard) — Baskov pereulok, #12, in St. Petersburg — where the premier’s … Continue reading

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Happy birthday, Mr. President (NSFW)

The Russian interwebs are abuzz today with talk of a birthday present for Mr. Vladimir Putin’s birthday. It’s a calendar. Of half-naked girls. From the┬ájournalism department of MGU, or Moscow State University. The department is known to be a bastion … Continue reading

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Bully pulpit

Vladimir Putin spoke at the the Russia Calling! investment forum organized by state-owned VTB bank today. It was awesome. Here’s basically what happened. After some two hours of boring, number-studded speeches, the room rustle-rustled when the man they — hell, … Continue reading

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First they came for Peter the Great

Back when sculptor Zurab Tsereteli first built the thing, in 1991-1992, the guy balancing atop an oddly proportioned stack of bronze ships (caravelles?) was supposed to be Christopher Columbus. But, strangely, neither Spain, nor the U.S., nor any Latin American … Continue reading

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