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Fear and Impoverishment in Moscow

Last weekend, I was at an opening of a new Tibetan restaurant by the Red Square with a bunch of American expats. The new Cold War never came up, but that was because nobody wanted to ruin a good party…

Posted on: September 16th, 2008 | Leave Comment

Is CNN Getting Kicked Out of Russia?

You probably didn’t know that CNN censored Putin for being just too darn sensible. Yep, it’s true. About two weeks ago, Putin gave the network an exclusive 30-minute interview. And you know what happened? Nothing. It was never allowed to…

Posted on: September 10th, 2008 | Leave Comment

Russia's Luxury Car Trend: the Beluga Bus

They drove like people to whom the motorcar was new. They drove as they walked; and a stream of Tehran traffic, jumpy with individual stops and swerves, with no clear lanes, was like a jostling pavement crowd. —V.S. Naipaul Naipaul…

Posted on: August 28th, 2008 | Comments Off on Russia’s Luxury Car Trend: the Beluga Bus

South Ossetia: The War We Don't Know

Five days after Georgia invaded and seized the breakaway separatist region of South Ossetia, sparking a larger-scale Russian invasion to drive Georgian forces back and punish their leaders, Russia surprised its Western detractors by calling a halt to the country’s…

Posted on: August 15th, 2008 | Comments (2)

Photo Essay: Russian Army in South Ossetia ... Updated!

No dramatic photo compositions here, just grim pictures of burnt-out tanks, spent RPGs, charred human remains and columns of Russian armored machinery on patrol in South Ossetia and Georgia. Now updated with graphic photos straight from the battle scene.

Posted on: August 15th, 2008 | Leave Comment

Medvedev: "I Just Wanna Be Like Putin"

Today, August 14, Dmitri Medvedev celebrates 100th day as President of the Russian Federation. What conclusions can be made about the new president? Well, not many. Other than the fact that Medvedev is trying really, really hard to be the…

Posted on: August 14th, 2008 | Leave Comment

The CNN Effect: Georgia Schools Russia in Information Warfare

I woke up to discover a weird link to a Digg post sent over by a friend of mine. It was a poll conducted on CNN’s website asking readers: Do you think Russians actions in Georgia are justified? 1) Yes…

Posted on: August 13th, 2008 | Comments (4)