Monthly Archives: January 2016

Who Put the Gas in the Gas-a-lassa-ding dong?

Dear Readers: So, here is my plan for the next few days:  Today, I have this piece from VZGLIAD about Ukraine’s … er … gas problems.  Tomorrow, most likely, I will pen a review of the latest Metropolitan Opera Live … Continue reading

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Timur’s Celebrity Weight Loss Plan

Dear Readers: Regular readers of my blog probably think I am being paid something by Primorye Safari Park, (conveniently located in Vladivostok) to hype up their animals.  Well, I’m not, it’s just that, like many people, out of insatiable curiosity … Continue reading

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Russian Blogger Varlamov – What Chechens Are Saying

Dear Readers: For today’s story, I have a post from a Russian blogger named Ilya Varlamov, he recently travelled to Chechnya and has been blogging about his impressions of the capital city Grozny.  This post was picked up by the … Continue reading

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Investigative Journalists Probe Secret Past Life of Goat Timur

Dear Readers: This story is from about a week ago, but I got distracted by less important things.  One of the burning questions this piece tries to answer is:  What made Timur so brave?  What was there in the past life or … Continue reading

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Putin’s Gaffe Divides Russian Society – Part III: Public Reaction

The date is April 15, 2020. U.S. President Donald Trump happens to be attending an economic forum in the small, obscure town of Hodgenville, Kentucky.  The host of the forum steps up to the mic.  Reading from prepared notes, he remarks that … Continue reading

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Putin’s Gaffe Divides Russian Society, Part II

This is a continuation of yesterday’s story.  Where we left off: So, this bloke Putin was attending a discussion forum at the Kurchatov Institute in Moscow.  That’s the place where elite Russian egg-headed scientists cook the nukes.  An institution that … Continue reading

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Putin’s Gaffe Divides Russian Society, Part I: The Context

Dear Readers: Yesterday the Russophile blogosphere was all a-buzz with an off-the-cuff utterance delivered by Russian President Vladimir Putin at a public forum.  Putin did something that he rarely does:  He let his mouth run ahead of his brain.  His … Continue reading

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Do Bully Girls Show the Americanization of Russian Culture?

Dear Readers: A couple of days ago I posted this piece about a horrific bullying incident in a Russian technical school.  Today I have some further updates, a couple of factual corrections, and some concerns that I would like to share, about … Continue reading

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Russian Man To Receive New Body In Risky Transplant Operation

Dear Readers: No, this is not from the tabloid press.  This is for real.  An international team of surgeons is actually going to transplant a human head onto a different body.  Or rather, the other way around.  The Russian angle … Continue reading

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Bully Girls Spark Debate In Russian Society

Dear Readers: Today I have a rather unpleasant story to share with you, this is from the Russian tabloid press and involves some rather unpleasant children.  It also raises a curtain into the “seamier” side of Russian life, where orphan … Continue reading

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