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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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Russians: a peaceful people victorious?

As TIME’s Simon Shuster reports today, a massive crackdown is underway in Dagestan to retaliate for last month’s twin suicide bombings in the Moscow metro. One of the two Black Widow bombers, was, in fact, a widow; the other one, … Continue reading

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Putin's favorite clown furnishes his castle in Dirtville

Three years ago, Maxim Galkin, Russia’s favorite comedian-slash-crooner-slash-TV-host of the Russian “Who Wants to be a Millionaire?”, started construction of a bungalow just outside of Moscow in a little hamlet called Gryaz’, which can only be translated as “Dirt.” The … Continue reading

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Upton Sinclair called, said supermarket running out of cat

Yesterday, I had lunch with an old friend from London who’s been living in Moscow on and off for the last couple of years. She’s Russian by birth and heritage, and has always had a sense of Russian pride — … Continue reading

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A few more babies, a few less dead Russians

Yesterday, the Russian Health Ministry announced that the country’s population grew for the first time in 15 years. The population now stands at 141.9 million, just a hair over what it was in 1991 when the Soviet Union collapsed, which … Continue reading

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