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Meet: Yuri Meshkov

A long-time listener of Mark Schauss’ Russian Rulers’ History podcast (now called Russian History Re-told), I would like to give him a shout-out for his podcast last week on Crimea. While I disagree with his theory behind Russia’s Ukrainian incursion … Continue reading

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Ukraine’s Got Talent // Украина мае талант

Based on recent events, we need no reminder of the vitality of the Ukrainian people, but a cheap internet meme has been going around under the heading “The Real Reason Putin Invaded Ukraine”, focusing on World’s Greatest Pole Dancer Anastasia … Continue reading

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Is Putin playing chess or checkers?

For the past 20 years, Ukraine has been a country in transition, emerging from the Soviet rubble with an unneeded nuclear arsenal, a linguistically heterogeneous population, a crumbling economy and a semi-authoritarian political system in place, party-boss plutocracy reimagined as … Continue reading

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О вкусах не спорят

This post is not about the 2014 Winter Olympic games themselves. The exorbitant cost of the games and allegations of corruption have been well-documented, as have the moments of sporting triumph, and heartbreak. Instead this post covers the coverage of … Continue reading

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Russian Parenting

Exhibit 1: Source: Liveleak Exhibit 2: Russian Mother Takes Magical Pictures of Her Two Kids With Animals On Her Farm Source: Bored Panda

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Who won the Space Race?

With the success of Alfonso Cuaron’s latest film, Gravity, which features space debris from a Russian missile as a prominent plot device, I am reminded of the fierce 20th century competition between Russia and the US over the cosmos and … Continue reading

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No surprises here

Not sure if Evil Jared got what he expected after he “placed a Russian flag in his pants, rubbed it on his ass, and said to the approving crowd, “Don’t tell Putin.” As Gawker reports, the Bloodhound Gang was subsequently … Continue reading

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Time lapse video of Moscow

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Vice spends a day with Sergei Veremeenko

Vodka, banya, hunting, it’s the lifestyle of the rich (and famous?) Thanks to RK for the link.

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Happy Birthday, Mayakovsky

(2 days late) СЕБЕ, ЛЮБИМОМУ, ПОСВЯЩАЕТ ЭТИ СТРОКИ АВТОР Четыре. Тяжелые, как удар. «Кесарево кесарю — богу богово». А такому, как я, ткнуться куда? Где для меня уготовано логово? Если б был я маленький, как Великий океан, — на цыпочки … Continue reading

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