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The outbreak of war in Georgia on Friday offers a disturbing and somewhat surreal taste of what to expect from John McCain should he become our nation’s Commander in Chief. As the centuries-old ethnic animosities between Georgia and Ossetia boiled…

Posted on: August 9th, 2008 | Comments (1)

Shootout In Tula: Corporate Raid, Russian Style

On August 30, on the same day that President Medvedev announced his support of small business, an insane story appeared on Russia’s evening TV news about a corporate takeover raid in the city of Tula, just south of Moscow. Russian…

Posted on: August 6th, 2008 | Comments Off on Shootout In Tula: Corporate Raid, Russian Style

The Great Bratskys: Spoiled Russians Abroad

Some time ago I was having lunch on the veranda at Moscow’s fancy Simachev Bar with my friend Alexei. He recently became the editor-in-chief of a high-end glossy magazine. We were having lunch and discussing my career options when I…

Posted on: July 23rd, 2008 | Comments (1)

The Daily Bribe: The Dirty World of Russian Political Bloggers

Sergei Gorshkov, the political blogger who’s in it for the money, not the politics — and isn’t afraid to say so It was a freakishly warm February morning in Moscow, eight days before Russia’s 2008 presidential election. Green army trucks…

Posted on: July 23rd, 2008 | Leave Comment