Category Archives: Corruption

Putin is Weaponizing Popularity: Newsweek is not Amused.

“The mind, placed before any kind of difficulty, can find an ideal outlet in the absurd. Accommodation to the absurd readmits adults to the mysterious realm inhabited by children.”  – André Breton How appropriate, to say nothing of au courant,  … Continue reading

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The Madness of Anders Aslund; Economic Advice for Ideologues With Too Much Money

Unwrap yourself for a starving man Come drown your thoughts if they bite you Turn off the world if it makes you hurt I’m just a clown but I like you… Max Webster, from “Let Go the Line” What follows … Continue reading

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Rope-a-Doper, American Style: Don’t Do As I Do, Do As I Say

Before we get started, a moment of silence, please, for Mitt Romney, who collapsed and died on Tuesday following his fourth consecutive multiple orgasm of vindication, at A.R. Valentin’s restaurant in La Jolla, California. His dinner companions did not notice … Continue reading

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Ask Not What Lithuania can do for You…

But you can’t make people listen. They have to come round in their own time, wondering what happened and why the world blew up around them. Ray Bradbury; Fahrenheit 451 Hey, remember that annoying nineties phrase, “Don’t go there”? It … Continue reading

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Second Annual Fern of England Photo Caption Contest

Okay, this is a blatant play for time. So far I have not made a new post in April at all, and I know I need to do one but I can’t find the time. I have a 2.5-hour exam … Continue reading

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Having Failed to Achieve Any of Its Goals in Crimea, the West Resorts to Lying

NATO once had such plans for Crimea. It was all going to come together so beautifully. Once Ukraine had been wrenched from Russia’s orbit into that of Europe, Sevastopol would make a dandy NATO naval base on the Black Sea, … Continue reading

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On the Art of Noticing the Obvious, and Invisible People

One  principal advantage this blog enjoys over many other Russia-focused blogs in English is the participation of some ethnic-Russian and extremely competent speakers of English, some of whom still live in Russia. We are therefore offered direct access to at … Continue reading

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