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Battle Him, the Tiger Minister
May 01, 2011

Battle Him, the Tiger Minister

By Maria Antonova

In the spirit of making the Olympic Games in Sochi a truly national event to unite the Russian people, the Sochi organizers last year launched a contest where artists could submit entries to be chosen as the official Olympic mascot.

End of an Era
November 01, 2010

End of an Era

By Maria Antonova

The sudden dismissal of longtime Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov marks a break from the quiet politics of the Putin Vertical of Power...

Keep Reading, Dima
May 19, 2010

Keep Reading, Dima

By Paul E. Richardson

President Dmitry Medvedev says he likes the classics, but that,just recently he made a request for buying about 50 books authored by contemporary Russian writers over the past 5-7 years. "I have read some of them and I cannot say I have been excited," he said. "By and large I have to read all sorts of dull papers the presidents normally read. Draft documents, draft decrees, draft instructions, laws, reports...

Putin and Medvedev as Na'Vi
February 09, 2010

Putin and Medvedev as Na'Vi

By Paul E. Richardson

Avatar has become the largest grossing movie in Russian history. But, more interestingly, a spin-off photo morfing site (which seemed to be connected to McDonald's Finland) allowed visitors to turn pictures of famous people into the blue Na'Vi. A Russian newspaper tried it with Medvedev and Putin. Here are the tinted results. First Putin:

 
Afghanistan: A Second Chance?
February 20, 2009

Afghanistan: A Second Chance?

By Paul E. Richardson

Thirty years ago, in 1979, the Persian Gulf was a tinderbox. On January 16, following months of uprisings, the Shah of Iran was overthrown. One month later, it looked like Afghanistan’s turn. The Soviet-backed thugs running the country had imposed radical social reforms, sparking a civil war and threatening pro-Soviet rule...

Sarah Palin's Secret Past Revealed!
September 04, 2008

Sarah Palin's Secret Past Revealed!

By Paul E. Richardson

Many have scoffed at Cindy McCain's defense of Alaska Governor (and GOP Veep candidate) Sarah Palin's foreign policy chops with the assertion that "Alaska is the closest part of our continent to Russia." Scoff not. The truth is so more startling still.

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