Tag Archives: Yuri Luzhkov

Scorched earth

What better way to welcome the new year and break my blogging silence than with news of my favorite person in the world: ex-Moscow mayor Yuri Luzhkov. Luzhkov appears in the news again today, this time because he has applied … Continue reading

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First they came for Peter the Great

Back when sculptor Zurab Tsereteli first built the thing, in 1991-1992, the guy balancing atop an oddly proportioned stack of bronze ships (caravelles?) was supposed to be Christopher Columbus. But, strangely, neither Spain, nor the U.S., nor any Latin American … Continue reading

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Cheer up, Yuri Mikhailovich

Well, someone wants Luzhkov as mayor. And that someone is  Vladimir Tyunin, the leader of the “For a United Russia,” a Russian nationalistic group from Sevastopol, in the Crimea, in the Ukraine. He has welcomed Luzhkov to his city and … Continue reading

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Luzhkov: “Fuck to you”

This morning, Gazeta.ru reports that Luzhkov, banishèd from his mayoral post on Tuesday, has again showed up at the mayoralty at his usual hour (8:00 a.m.), second day in a row. Maybe it’s to pick up all his stuff, maybe … Continue reading

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Hot tranny mess

As you may have heard, Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov lost his job yesterday in a rather humiliating way. (I was writing about it for Foreign Policy, thus the lack of gloating here.) Today, the city feels not that different but … Continue reading

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All your base are belong to us

When Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov returned to his city last night, the press was hoping for a Monday resignation. The week he spent in Austria was to celebrate his 74th birthday, the thinking went, and to mull over the terms … Continue reading

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Send in the fags

Yesterday, to mark the birthday of Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov, the city’s gay activists gathered by the statue of Yuri Dologruky — the city’s founder — across from Luzhkov’s office. They chained themselves to a makeshift fence and yelled, “Luzhkov, … Continue reading

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Happy birthday, Mr. Mayor

Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov celebrates his 74th birthday in exile today just as Russian news reports hint — nay, state — that the Kremlin has given the mayor up to three weeks to leave voluntarily. If he does this, he’ll be … Continue reading

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Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, Luzhkov

This weekend, in the middle of a heated debate over whether or not he would remain mayor of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov fled back to Austria, it of the “cows with bells, girls with tits.” Ostensibly, he is there to relax, … 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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