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Tovarishch Trump?

What does the election of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States mean for US-Russian relations? As of November 2016, the best answer may be that it is too soon to tell. This is despite Deputy … Continue reading

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Agree to disagree

A few months ago, internet top ten list assembly line WatchMojo released grist for russophiles.  These lists are voted on by youtube channel subscribers, so they should be taken with a grain of salt. Here is your WatchMojo list of … Continue reading

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What is canon?

The following is a long overdue post about two OGs, Matt Taibbi and Mark Ames. Last fall, Matt Taibbi departed Pierre Omidyar’s First Look Media before the launch of his much anticipated new web journal, Racket. The unexpected departure prompted … Continue reading

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The (Actual) 12 Labor of Putin

Yesterday President Vladimir Putin delivered an anti-west screed pontificating on the New World Order: This is just the latest in Russia’s atavistic turn, with Putin’s 62nd birthday earlier this month offering up another example: the return of the personality cult … Continue reading

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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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