Category Archives: News / Novosti

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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Power Broker

Source: New Times It is fitting to learn that, with allegations that “RC Fogle” attempted to recruit an FSB officer to spy on Russia, clandestine intrigue is alive and well in today’s Moscow. It is easy to picture the be-wigged … Continue reading

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Делайте добро без корысти и оно обязательно вернется

Having gained notoriety for capturing graphic accidents and traffic rage, and most recently the meteorite in Chelyabinsk, the below video presents a different application of dashcams in Russia: paying it forward with random acts of kindness. The dashcam phenonmenon in … Continue reading

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Dolphins and that

As usual, Karl Pilkington is completely right about everything: http://gawker.com/5990158/military-dolphins-with-frickin-guns-attached-to-their-heads-have-gone-missing-in-the-black-sea Ukraine’s navy has reportedly put out an APB for three dolphins that have gone missing in the Black Sea of the coast of Crimea. Oh, did I mention these are … Continue reading

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‘All tucked in’

Full credit for this post goes to LP and SB: News that the late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez (who was called an ‘outstanding leader and manager and a close friend of Russia’ by Vladimir Putin) will be embalmed and put … Continue reading

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Meteor Hits Chelyabinsk

Leave it to social media to help us process the wild events in Chelyabinsk last week. In short, a meteor hit: I am still unsure if the meteor was debris from a passing asteroid. Regardless, this is more or less … Continue reading

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No НОМО?

Last week the Duma passed an absurd law banning ‘homosexual propaganda’ and, specifically, the promotion of ‘homosexual behavior among minors,’ so Manezh was the site of some kerfuffles: Gay rights activists staged a ‘kiss-in’ to protest the bill, and multiple … Continue reading

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Beloved

With tragic news striking two separate beloved Moscow institutions this month – namely the acid attack on Bolshoi Ballet Artistic Director Sergei Filin, and the murder charges brought against Project O.G.I. co-founder Alexei Kabanov, let us seek comfort by combining … Continue reading

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Food Packaging and Sex

Last week the Russian food packaging industry had multiple brushes with sexual politics. For one, the re-naming of Kraft to ‘Mondelez’ is raising eyebrows in Russia as the name apparently sounds like a Russian term for oral sex. (“манда-лиз”) I … Continue reading

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Geography Fail II

Which country is Gurbanguly from again Mr. Yanukovich? http://censor.net.ua/video_news/200110/novyyi_geograficheskiyi_konfuz_prezidenta_yanukovich_pereputal_turkmenistan_s_kazahstanom_video

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