March 1, 2004 by AK

Pain 2

It’s getting better now for me, but the world hasn’t changed much since yesterday. Putin has asked the Duma to appoint Mikhail Fradkov as PM, a man whose name and the word “bureaucrat” are a perfect match. I have little to add to what the papers say expect one silly thing: now that Russia’s PM has a Jewish name, it’d be harder for the WaPo to accuse Putin of anti-Semitism. I wonder if Vladimir Vladimirovich (oh my) had that in mind.

Now back to our perpetual magnet: another fundamental quote. “[W]hile the anguish of his soul // Tells him he is not dead…”


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