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“Have we frozen yet?” Ukrainian cities are dying – Part III

“The root cause of poverty is a deficiency of money.”  (Anon) Dear Readers: Today finishing our review of this story by Alexander Lesnykh.  The Ukraine has been in the grip of infrastructure crisis for 3 decades now.  Pundits explain how … Continue reading

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“Have we frozen yet?” Ukrainian cities are dying – Part II

Dear Readers: Today continuing with  this piece from RIA, by reporter Alexander Lesnykh.  And I also have this piece from VZGLIAD, by reporter Alexei Anpilogov, along the same theme.  Today I want to start with Anpilogov, who reports that massive … Continue reading

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“Have we frozen yet?” Ukrainian cities are dying – Part I

Dear Readers: Today I have this piece from RIA, by reporter Alexander Lesnykh.  The title (Ще не вмерзла? – “Did we freeze yet?”) is, of course a pun on the opening words of the Ukrainian national anthem: Ще не вмерли … Continue reading

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Russia To TV Watchers: Throw Away Those Old Antennas!

Alina Nazarova writes here that the Russian Federation is on the way to eliminating analog television altogether.  As in most countries, the process of upgrading from analog to digital TV, is a long and tedious one, involving a complete rewiring … Continue reading

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Central Heating Crisis In Ukraine – Part II

Dear Readers: I know that everybody is expecting me to do a review of the Metropolitan Opera production of Aida.  And I will  — oh I will indeed!  Look for it early tomorrow morning.  But for today’s post I need … Continue reading

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Central Heating Crisis In Ukraine – Part I

Dear Readers: Now that we are into October, it is time to talk about the issue of central heating.  Urban central heating is one of the features of post-Soviet states.  To my knowledge (and somebody please correct me if I … Continue reading

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Impact Of Football Games On Russian Economy – Part II

Dear Readers: Today finishing up this piece from VZGLIAD, authored by Olga Samofalova. Yesterday we touched on the fact that a veritable blitzkrieg of anti-Russian propaganda in the Westie media sought to scare fans away from attending the games; and, … Continue reading

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