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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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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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Inspectors Clouseau

Okay, will everybody please just calm down? Yes, they arrested some people they think are spies, and yes there are spies in America, just as there are American spies all over the world. But, really people? These are the spies … 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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Putin, Medvedev are straight, manly, confident

Holding forth at a joint press conference with his best friend/muse/doppelganger Silvio Berlusconi, Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin let us all know that he is not sleeping with President/underling/sidekick Dmitry Medvedev. Asked about the nature of their relationship Putin said, … Continue reading

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'Put away your bubbles!' and other neo-Nazi funnies

On Sunday, a flash mob of 500 gathered in St. Petersburg to partake in an annual tradition: blowing bubbles to celebrate the arrival of spring. This time, they were met by another mob, this one of 30 suspected neo-Nazis who … 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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