Category Archives: world

Real men frolick

Yesterday, Russia celebrated Paratrooper Day. Or, if you want to be accurate, the paratroopers celebrated Paratrooper Day, the anniversary of the formation of the Russian Airborne Troops in the Soviet Union. The paratroopers, known for their distinctive light blue berets, … Continue reading

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Hello, goodbye

This is my last True/Slant post for, as of tomorrow, True/Slant will be no more. You will be able to read more of my bloggery, if you so choose, at themoscowdiaries.wordpress.com but for now here my last T/S post. A … Continue reading

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Moscow airport hijacking

Reports this evening that a hijacking has been stopped at Domodedovo airport in Moscow. Yesterday afternoon. Apparently, a passenger on a Moscow-bound flight from Mineralnye Vody “made demands” of the crew and held up the plane for two hours. One … Continue reading

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Peredayz

Y’all, it is so hot in Moscow. There are peat-bog fires in the countryside so the city is choked with a visible, and pungent, white smoke. In the last couple of weeks, we’ve beaten every record ever set since they … Continue reading

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Plot twist: Battle against corruption produces more corruption

The Interior Ministry’s Department of Economic Security reports today that as President Dmitry Medvedev’s war on corruption heats up, so has corruption. In the first six months of 2010, the size of the average bribe has nearly doubled, from 23,000 … Continue reading

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Real Housewives of Moscow

Because you guys seem to enjoy discussions about Russian women and money, I figured I would repost my latest article, from Slate, here. It is about how corrupt Russian bureaucrats use their wives as offshore bank accounts to hide the … Continue reading

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Harley Freedomson

This Saturday found Vladimir Putin in Sevastopol, a city made famous by Tolstoy and the fact that this Ukrainian Black Sea port has a large Russian population that once spoke openly of seceding. The press has mentioned this historic visit because, … Continue reading

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