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The Best Health Care You Can Afford

“No, I mean I’m sorry that you’ve inherited such a miserable, collapsing Old Country. A place where rich Bankers own everything, where you’ve got to be grateful for a part-time job with no benefits and no retirement plan, where the … 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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It’s Better to Burn Out Than to Fade Away.

Out of the blue and into the black You pay for this, but they give you that And once you’re gone, you can’t come back… Neil Young, from “Into The Black” The final stage of a star, going into stellar … Continue reading

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No Way To Slow Down – America’s Foreign-Policy Dilemma

He hears the silence howling; catches angels as they fall And the all-time winner has got him by the balls: He picks up Gideon’s Bible, open at page one; God stole the handle, and the train won’t stop going… No … Continue reading

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Sergei Magnitsky, Bill Browder, Hermitage Capital Management and Wondrous Metamorphoses

Yet again, from his secret cell somewhere among the labyrinthine streets of a Russian city, kovane speaks. This is heartening, as it means Putin’s goons haven’t gotten him yet. Actually, that’s kind of a joke between us, proceeding from the … Continue reading

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A Brief History of the Russian Oligarchy: Un point de vue français

Regular readers will remember the article, “On the Politics of Russia”, which appeared here as a translation from Alexander Latsa’s great blog, “Dissonance”.  It inspired a spirited and excellent discussion, and I hope others learned as much from it as … Continue reading

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Abort, Retry, Ignore? The West’s Hate/Hate Relationship with Skolkovo

What is it about President Medvedev’s attempts to set up a “technology city” at Skolkovo that drives some western journalists over the edge? It seems to be more than just the typical desire – again, on the part of some sources … Continue reading

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