Category Archives: Observation

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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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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Time lapse video of Moscow

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Dimensions of the Universiade

While English Russia presents a photo album of eye candy on display at the 2013 Universiade, taking place in Kazan, slon.ru journalist Vera Kichanova gives us 7 inconvenient truths about the games. The athletes featured in the English Russia album … Continue reading

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So rare that it looks like a swan

Full credit for this post to SB and LP: “maybe somehow, some lazy fuck mixed up the лев and лебедь thumbnails…” http://www.moscowzoo.ru/get.asp?Id=N689

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The First Sip

Highly recommended: from The Moth comes a tale of a mormon’s reckoning story with her parents in Siberia. Can’t embed the audio, but it can be downloaded for free on iTunes. http://themoth.org/posts/stories/to-russia-with-love Plus the link has pics.

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Bears Tripping

http://helablog.com/2013/03/bears-getting-high-russian-animals-addicted-to-sniffing-gasoline/ No copyright claim on the text or the photos; this is all sourced from helablog via The Daily Mail. Photographer Igor Shpilenok spent seven months with the community of bears at the Kronotsky Nature Reserve in Russia. The junkie … Continue reading

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The Almaty Project

http://vimeo.com/58630659 Shout out to Pavel Tenyakov

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Poopsnakes

Props to Mikhail Bopposov (not pictured) for this 800 pound snake sculpture made out of frozen cow dung: Photo is re-posted from this tumblr. Credit to GB.

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Where Communism Peaked

“In Soviet Russia, mountain climbs you.” Pik Kommunizma is the former Soviet Union’s and Pamir’s highest peak. It is one of the five Snow Leopard mountains. The official name is nowadays Pik/Peak Ismail Somoni, but the name hasn’t stuck and … Continue reading

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