Tag Archives: Boris Nemtsov

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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On the Art of Noticing the Obvious, and Invisible People, Part II

As promised, we’re going to press on with the conclusion of Lyttenburgh’s piece. So far the first part has racked up 4,404 hits and attracted 996 comments; not bad at all. The premise that Russian liberals are fifth-columnists who are … 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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The Iron Lady and the Young Reformer

The last post is getting too comment-heavy for easy loading, I’m afraid, and while I don’t lack for inspiration for a new post – God knows there’s always enough material, from the strange please-everyone contortions of Michael McFaul to the … Continue reading

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The Astounding Stupidity of Optimism

“If you pretend to be good, the world takes you very seriously. If you pretend to be bad, it doesn’t. Such is the astounding stupidity of optimism“ I confess to a fondness for Oscar Wilde which extends far beyond his … Continue reading

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The Valdai Club: Departing Reality for Self-Deception and Points North

Imagine you’re at the car lot, looking for a new car. You see a sporty model you like…but you notice the 4-cylinder variant costs $6,000.00 more than the 6-cylinder although you can see no other difference between them. When you … Continue reading

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The Bolotnaya Politburo Lays An Egg

As readers are doubtless aware, this weekend marked the occasion of online “elections” in Russia which are supposed to fire up the opposition and elevate new leaders who will establish a “shadow parliament”. Quite often in this brave new world … Continue reading

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