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Moscow Spring?
December 09, 2011

Moscow Spring?

By Paul E. Richardson

Quite often, Russian reality is best illuminated with a joke. 

A couple of journalists are quizzing a candidate: “Why do you want to get elected?”

“Just look what is going on in the corridors of power: officials are awash in debauchery, theft, corruption!”

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:

 

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