Monthly Archives: May 2011

The Atlantic on Tolstoy

Thanks to MH: http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/1891/11/count-tolstoy-at-home/8287/1/

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Russian Olympic Mascots

I couldn’t find a way to embed the video, but I thought it would be appropriate to post a clip from a site that is often confused for this site (and vice versa), “The Onion Sports Dome”: http://www.onionsportsnetwork.com/video/olympic-officials-unveil-terrifying-new-mascots-fo,19098/ (especially relevant … Continue reading

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Winning!

Thanks to MH for the referral. http://www.themoscowtimes.com/news/article/charlie-sheen-seliger-trip-a-hoax/437136.html Charlie Sheen Seliger Trip a ‘Hoax’ 19 May 2011 By Natalya Krainova Nashi, the youth group that has been accused of Internet shenanigans to promote its pro-Kremlin agenda, appeared to get a taste … Continue reading

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One Headlight

Well this place is old, it feels just like a beat up Lada I turn the engine, but the engine doesn’t turn….. http://www.rferl.org/content/putin_lada_russian_engineering/24177459.html

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Tigers on a boat

Let’s give the Soviets credit for coming up with the basic concept used in Snakes on a Plane with Samuel L. Jackson. The 1961 film Полосатый Рейс, in which tigers and lions are set loose on a steam ship thanks … Continue reading

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Chess!

This entire post is courtesy of LP: For the past few weeks, Kazan has been host to the 2011 FIDE Candidates chess tournament (http://kazan2011.fide.com/), Round 3 will be played today, I believe, with the seminfinals Kamsky vs. Gelfand and Kramnik … Continue reading

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http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-pacific-13344158 New Zealand probes mystery ‘kiwi’ found in Russian port New Zealand says it is checking reports that a rare kiwi bird has been found thousands of miles from its native land in the Russian port of Sochi. Russian media … Continue reading

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С Днем Великой Победы!

Here’s a video of today’s parade in Moscow to mark the 66th anniversary of Russia’s military victory over Nazi Germany. http://en.rian.ru/video/20110509/163933945.html If days like this make one reflect on Russian history, I offer two quotes from 19th century Russian thinkers, … Continue reading

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New Page Added – ПИСЬМОШНАЯ

Along the same lines as the page Кто Здесь Звезда? I have compiled some of the better links of the comedy duo Подольск и Рейтов (ПИСЬМОШНАЯ). This is humor reminiscent of Ali G and I must say is a bit … Continue reading

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All Them Cornfields and Ballet in the Evening, part III

This is the third time I am citing John Miller’s memoir “All Them Cornfields and Ballet in the Evening”. I cannot recommend the book highly enough. Today, a valuable tidbit on the Russian language: “The word пьяный, meaning ‘drunk’ or … Continue reading

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