Tag Archives: Innovation

About That Batumi Miracle…

Hey, remember back when Al Jazeera was the object of loathing and fear in the USA? Bankrolled by the Emir of Qatar – a thriving democracy in the Middle East whose ruler has been a male member of the Al … Continue reading

Posted in Corruption, Economy, Education, Europe, Georgia, Government, Investment, Saakashvili, Ukraine | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 2,224 Comments

“Operation Fuck Putin” Hits a Wall, as the Russian Economy Returns to Growth

Take me back won’t ya Take me back won’t ya; I’ll change my ways Take me back won’t ya Take me back won’t ya; I’m not the same… Bryan Adams, from “Take Me Back” Paul Robinson sent me a link … Continue reading

Posted in Economy, Europe, Government, Investment, Politics, Russia, Trade, Vladimir Putin | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 861 Comments

Chechnya – What’s To Be Done?

The recent stabbing murder of a young Russian by a young man from the Caucasus – ostensibly over a girl; the Caucasian is alleged to have insulted the Russian man’s girlfriend, whereupon a fight developed that culminated (again, allegedly) in … Continue reading

Posted in Caucasus, Corruption, Economy, Government, Investment, Politics, Russia, Terrorism | Tagged , , , , | 705 Comments

I’m Sorry; We Don’t Accept U.S. Dollars – Have You Any Rupelyuans?

For the love of money People will lie; Lord, they will cheat For the love of money People don’t care who they hurt or beat: For the love of money A woman will sell her precious body For a small … Continue reading

Posted in Economy, Government, Investment, Politics, Russia, Strategy, Trade | Tagged , , , , , , | 777 Comments

The USSR: the Death of a Visionary

For those of you who, like me, have eagerly awaited Kovane’s next effort, wait no longer. If you have a degree in Russian history like A Good Treaty and several other academes among the Russia-watching community, you probably know a … Continue reading

Posted in Government, Investment, Law and Order, Russia, Stalin | Tagged , , , , | 81 Comments

Dave Essel – A Train Wreck as a Prophet

Hi, Dave – yeah, this is your ass calling. Good, I’m doing good; how was your summer? Anyway, I was wondering if you could take your head out of me. Seriously, it’s getting uncomfortable. What? You’re doing research? Well, like, … Continue reading

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Let The Train Take The Strain, or, Dave Essel Is Just Special

Mark Adomanis made a fan of me when he referred (during an online interview rating the Russia bloggers by La Russophobe) to Paul Goble as a “whore” whose methodology is “to studiously dig through rags like Novaya Gazeta, find the … Continue reading

Posted in Dave Essel, La Russophobe, Russia, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | 21 Comments