Tag Archives: United Russia

Politically-correct tigers and more “electioneering”

It’s been a great week for Russian politics, or for what passes for politics in Russia. The “election” season has started, which means lots of meaningless bullshit from all parties involved. Here’s a round-up: First, we had President Medvedev convening … Continue reading

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Ballot stuffing

There is nothing more boring in this world than a set of irrelevant and rigged Russian regional elections. This is why I haven’t written about the day of “voting” that took place on Sunday, or about the predictable violations: vote … Continue reading

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Luzhkov: not an idiot

So I return to Moscow after a week and a half of fresh air and efficiency in Switzerland to find that my one-woman campaign to unseat Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov has picked up quite a bit of momentum in my … Continue reading

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Absurdoagitprop

Moscow is a ghost town today. Saturday was May 1, or International Worker’s Day, and it is part of a long stretch of May holidays, which culminates in Victory Day on May 9. That means three-day weekends, vacations, barbecues, and, yes, … Continue reading

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Following Zardari's lead, Russian politicians suddenly want to be organ donors

A brilliant post today on Sean’s Russia Blog on how Russian politicians, following the Pakstani premier’s lead, now all want to donate their organs. Sean writes: Well, I doubt any sensible constituent would want an United Russia organ anyway.  Plus I’ve … Continue reading

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Study theology, modernize the economy

If you haven’t heard, modernization and also innovation were really in for this year’s Russia fall/winter collection. Most of the talk has centered on reversing brain drain, improving education, fostering technological and nanotechnological innovation, and pulling the Russian economy out … Continue reading

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The government water-filter self-endorsement wars (WTF)

A ZF-MChS (Shoygu) water filter may set you back $4o, but it comes with several apparent guarantees: It has MChS in its name — which is the acronym for the Russian Emergency Situations Ministry; It has Shoygu in its name … Continue reading

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