Tag Archives: Government

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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Who's the boss

If you had any doubt as to where the political weight is in the Putin-Medvedev Tandem — or the level of popular support of political developments associated with Medvedev (reset, modernization), the latest polling data leave no doubt: In response … Continue reading

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'Guys, cool it'

As the onion of the spy scandal sheds more layers back in the States, Russia can only watch and see what pearls it holds. Today, though, we have an interesting nugget of information from Center. Russian Newsweek, a stand-out publication … Continue reading

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The way he were

I have no particular reason to post these, but they happened to pop up in my inbox this afternoon, courtesy of a friend at a news agency here. That and the Russian youths seems to really like them. But here … Continue reading

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Now that's love

Presid– Prime Minister Vladimir Putin is an hour into his three-hour state of the nation address to the State Duma (the parliament). This was a tradition instituted, conveniently, when Putin became prime minister. Today, Putin clearly has a bad, bad … Continue reading

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You've got to be kidding: Epic volcano eruption may delay Polish president's burial

Because one tangled layer of freakish, tragic absurdity is not enough, the powers that be add another. After the Polish president and half his government fell from the sky en route to commemorate the 70th anniversary of an epic national … Continue reading

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Manas stays, America breathes easy for now

Speaking at a press conference in Bishkek on Thursday, the new Kyrgyz leader — and former foreign minister — Roza Otunbayeva announced she would take control of Kyrgyzstan and rule for six months before allowing free elections. Somewhere, the seat … Continue reading

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