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Cheating Cheaters Who Cheat

Last week was a crazy week, news-wise, so I didn’t have a chance to post one of my recent stories here for your commentary. In a piece for Slate’s Double X — the site’s lady blog — I wrote as … Continue reading

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Let the games begin

Today, Russia won its bid to host the 2018 World Cup. Since Putin, miffed over allegations of that FIFA was selling votes, declined to attend the ceremony at FIFA headquarters in Zurich, Sports Minister Vitaly “97 breakfasts” Mutko spoke of … 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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Last week, Chechen Boy-President Ramzan Kadyrov announced it was time “to end the parade of regional presidents,” saying that “a unified state should have only one president.” He has also suggested that there should be no presidents of banks, charities, … Continue reading

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Out with it

Moscow authorities have been forced to acknowledge that the heat and smoke of the last week have doubled the city’s mortality rates. Some estimates put the number at 2.5 times the normal rate. This comes after weeks of speculation that … Continue reading

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This is what Russia looks like today

A little better, which you wouldn’t be able to tell by the smoke still choking Moscow. via Pozhar.Yandex.ru

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A video from July 29 of the fires in hard-hit Voronezh, passed along by The Independent‘s Shaun Walker:

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