Category Russia

[Guy Sorman]

A while ago, Cinderella Bloggerfeller quoted approvingly a certain French author, Guy Sorman (Professor at Paris University, Institute of Political Sciences, teaching Economics and Political Philosophy, since 1970; founder, chief editor of L’Esprit libre, a libertarian monthly magazine, from 1995…

On envying Monica

Governor Ayatskov of Russia’s Saratov oblast’ (region) said this after meeting with President Clinton during his 1998 visit to Russia: What a great guy! I envy Monica. The governor tried to erase and rewind later, but, according to a Russian…

Vodka is a vitamin

Russians tend to believe, tongue-in-cheekly, that vodka is a remedy against a multitude of health hazards, from a sore throat to radiation. Try half a glass of Stolichnaya with black pepper and you’ll see. (No, I’m not paid to promote…

Into the fire of your dilated pupils

There is a Russian (indie?) rock band named Splean. Yes, this is the way they spell it in English. The Russian word splinis indeed an English loan (<spleen), sounding and meaning about the same as the source word – a…

“Banks calls for an inquiry”

Former UK sports minister Banks calls for an inquiry into whether Abramovich is worthy of owning an English Premier League club. I love it. I’d understand if an anti-laundering or anti-corruption unit were involved, but, hey, is it a free…

“Chelsea Set for Takeover”

Chelsea Set for Takeover: a Russian billionaire buys a leading English soccer club. Roman Abramovich, an influential Russian magnate controlling, among others, the oil company Sibneft (and about to become a major shareholder in a combined Yukos/Sibneft group), pays about…

“Being allowed”

J. of Silver Rights quotes a poem by Langston Hughes before getting down to the latest Michigan riots. I first read it fifteen years ago, but it’s only having reread it in J.’s entrly, I finally appreciated it. What I…

Paging Sancta Hypocrisis

I went to a birthday dinner party at an upscale Moscow restaurant last night. Most guests were rich by Russian standards; some were rich by any measure. A few seats from me, there sat one bearded gentleman in his late…

The Old Women

From the Russian daily Kommersant: …The director “ascertained the reality of a ‘gentle Moslem occupation’ exemplified by the co-existence in a faraway Kostroma village of a few lonely old women and a family of Uzbek refugees with their numerous children.…

Labor mobility

Passing by a construction site in the US and seeing mostly Mexican-looking workers — presumably recent immigrants — I used to wonder what kepts native-born Americans away from construction jobs. I came up with three obvious choices. Perhaps Mexicans are…

[Russian schools in Latvia]

If I were the President of the Russian Federation, and happened to be fixated on helping Russians in Latvia, I would amply finance a network of private Russian schools in that Baltic country. They would be equally open to students…