Category Archives: Cat Fighting

Natasha vs Matilda — New Russian Culture War – Part IV

Dear Readers: Today we finish this saga of Tsar Nikolai II’s warring mistresses.  On this side of the ring:  Nickie’s actual physical mistress, the prima ballerina Matilda Kschessinska.  On the other side:  Nickie’s spiritual mistress, Natalia Poklonskaya.  Of the two women … Continue reading

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Natasha vs Matilda — New Russian Culture War – Part III

Dear Readers: The first shot in this new Culture War was fired by ex-Crimean Prosecutie Natalia Poklonskaya.  Recall that Natasha, a regional Prosecutor under the former Ukrainian government, defected to Russia during the Maidan Revolution of 2014, and became a … Continue reading

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Natasha vs Matilda — New Russian Culture War – Part II

Dear Readers: Continuing our saga of the new Culture War in Russia, with calls to ban the film, “Matilda“, by director Alexei Efimovich Uchitel.   Release of the film to the broader public has been delayed a couple of times, but … Continue reading

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Natasha vs Matilda — New Russian Culture War – Part I

Dear Readers: In Russia the Culture War has resumed in earnest, this time over a film, which very few people have seen yet.  The film, of course, is “Matilda“, by director Alexei Efimovich Uchitel.  To add even more piquancy to … Continue reading

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And Still Another Ukrainian Hero: Alexander Semchenko – Part IV

Dear Readers: With some of the back-story out of the way, and now that we know more about the cast of characters, we can proceed to Semchenko’s actual rant on live TV, on a talk-show called “Veresen’s People”.  Recall that … Continue reading

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And Still Another Ukrainian Hero: Alexander Semchenko – Part III

Dear Readers: Continuing the story of Alexander Semchenko,with a slight detour into the biography of Evgeny Muraev, the Ukrainian Oligarch/politician who has temporarily banned Semchenko from appearing on his talk-show.  And Ukraine is a country, by the way, where even … Continue reading

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And Still Another Ukrainian Hero: Alexander Semchenko – Part II

Dear Readers: Continuing the saga of Alexander Semchenko, the nerdy political pundit who risked his life when he sat in a Kiev TV studio and told the truth about what has been going on in Ukraine the past 3 years:  … Continue reading

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