Category Archives: Economy

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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C.R.E.A.M.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-501715_162-57524085/mexicans-puzzled-by-azerbaijan-leader-monument/ A monument to Heydar Aliev on Mexico City’s Paseo de Reforma? That makes total sense… Mexicans puzzled by Azerbaijan leader monument MEXICO CITY — The appearance of a life-size statue of Azerbaijan’s “founder of the nation” on Mexico City’s … Continue reading

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SMEs in Russia

How to open a small-business in Russia: http://zyalt.livejournal.com/545288.html Thanks to SB for the link.

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Interactive tool for comparing former Soviet republics

Courtesy of BBC, this is strangely addictive: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-14489883

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One thought on Navalny

A few months ago, journalist Julia Ioffe (whose defunct blog was long linked at right), published a profile of anti-corruption crusader Alexey Navalny in the New Yorker. The article is quite good, and worth a read: http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2011/04/04/110404fa_fact_ioffe But shortly after … 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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I can’t tell what city this is in:

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Part 7 of Foreign Policy’s profile of Dagestan

This particular segment discusses corruption in the Caucasus and includes a harrowing tale of how a sexual assault case was handled by the justice system. http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/03/23/dangerous_graft This guy has shown up quite a bit here since 2011: Two years ago, … Continue reading

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For the price of a cup of coffee-

Why pay $29.67 for a model MiG-31 Foxhound when you can pay $5 for the real thing? Reminds me a bit of A Mighty Wind Article excerpt is below: Fighter Jets Sold for $5 in Fraud Scheme28 February 2011 Reuters … Continue reading

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Well, now it all makes perfect sense

Leave it to the colorful Vladimir Zhirinovsky to explain January & February’s momentous developments in the Middle East once and for all. Frankly I’m surprised it took him this long to make an appearance in this space. The video interview … Continue reading

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