Tag Archives: Putin

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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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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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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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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Epic Trolling by Steven Seagal in Russia

Exhibit 1 http://imgur.com/r/funny/tdlh4ZJ Exhibit 2 http://www.buzzfeed.com/nowthisnews/our-newest-diplomat-steven-seagal-makes-a-mocker-749g

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What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger

The end of the marriage between Vladimir and Lyudmila Putin highlighted another more successful, much happier marriage: that between Russian society and social media. The Twittersphere blossomed with humorous takedowns of the Russian president’s personal life. Some favorites, Via RFE/RL: … 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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Season 2 Finale

Not bad. I think Lenin takes it. Thanks to SB.

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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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