Monthly Archives: February 2016

Silk Road from Ukraine to China – No Tickee No Shirtee (Part II)

In which I continue summarizing this piece in VZGLIAD, written by reporter Olga Samofalova. We last left off at the interview with Alexander Zavgorodniy, the head of Ukraine’s public railway network, called Укрзализныця (UkrZaliznytsya).  Ukraine is hoping to attract capital … Continue reading

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Silk Road from Ukraine to China – No Tickee No Shirtee (Part I)

I saw this piece in VZGLIAD, written by reporter Olga Samofalova. The context is a large international economic project, headed by China, called the “Silk Road”.  Named in honor of the ancient trade route, dating back to Marco Polo times, between … Continue reading

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Erdoğan Gets Punked

Dear Readers: This story is from almost two weeks ago.  I apologize for not getting to it before, but I had too many things lined up in the queue, including my highly popular “Griboedov” series. Which garnered a mass audience, hell yeah, it … Continue reading

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Syrian People Express Opinions on Ceasefire

I saw this piece on LifeNews.  Correspondent Artur Kebekov reports via phone line from Daraa, Syria, with accompanying video, where he is interviewing local residents about their attitude towards the ceasefire.   Recall that the ceasefire agreement was signed on 22 … Continue reading

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Borderlands vs. Freedom of Speech?

This story  is from a couple of days ago and involves Freedom of Speech issues. The lede:  Ukrainian Embassy to Poland demanded that the film “Masks of Revolution”, made by independent French filmmaker Paul Moreira  not be shown in Poland. … Continue reading

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Lithuanian School Teachers Strike – Russia is to blame

Yesterday Lithuanian school teachers began an open-ended strike  with the main issue being a wage increase. Trade unions have asked the Lithuanian government to find an additional 17 million Euros in this year’s budget, in order to fund the wage … Continue reading

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Kadyrov Versus the Hamsters

Dear Readers: Today I have this piece from VZGLIAD.  Apparently a war is on — and what a war it is!  So without further ado I bring you this piece, mostly quoting a sociologist named Alexei Chadaev, who claims that … Continue reading

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Griboedov Murder Mystery Part VI – The Final Disaster

Dear Readers: It is finally time to finish my recap of  Griboedov’s masterpiece, Горе от ума.  Like I said, before that little detour to Teheran:  All the elements are now in place for the final catrastrophe, namely the Triumph of Folly. … Continue reading

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Griboedov Murder Mystery Part V – Last Night I Dreamed of Erzerum

Dear Readers: In earlier days, I took you through Act III of Griboedov’s masterpiece, Горе от ума. All the elements are now in place for the final catrastrophe, and the Triumph of Folly.  But before proceeding, I have to mention … Continue reading

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Griboedov Murder Mystery Part IV – а судьи кто?

Dear Readers: Yesterday I took you through Act II of Griboedov’s masterpiece, Горе от ума. And if you know your Russian drama (which for most Westerners means Chekhov), then you can probably sense already that things are leading to a big … Continue reading

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