Poor Parenting and Putin

Okay, I’ll admit it. I’m a little disappointed in Obama. (And my one Republican friend is now dancing the Parcheesi dance of victory.) I’m disappointed in Obama not because of the stalemate in Congress, because, obviously, that’s the Republicans’ fault; no, I’m disappointed in Obama because of his pussy footing around about Russia. Not that […]

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Play the Hand You’re Smelt

   I’m pleased to report that male chauvinism is alive and well in Russia, a fact that was brought home to me recently at a gathering of some of HRH’s military school buddies. Readers of this blog will remember Borya, who hails from the polar naval base of Zapolyarniy and is Russia’s poster child for male […]

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Vladimir Putin’s Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Week

On one thing, at least, Vladimir Putin and I can agree:  this week has been uphill work. In just seven, action-packed days, we’ve gone from Russia Redux to Russia Redundant.  To recap: the harbinger of doom (dark figure skating costume; dark words) Evgeny Plushenko pulled out of the men’s short program, putting paid to any […]

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Valentine’s Day/День Святого Валентина: Romance: A Primer

  Today is Valentine’s Day!  Russians have taken to this holiday with gusto!  You can’t move in Moscow today without tripping over something heart-shaped or red.   St. Valentine was a Roman who performed the Christian marriage rite when Christianity was about as legal as gay marriage.   He was imprisoned and…well, you know the […]

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Test Your Knowledge of Russia — History and Geography

Readers, the Olympics are less than a month away! The eyes of the world will soon be trained on Russia! Be sure you aren’t caught out in your expert knowledge of Russian history and geography! So, how did you do?  Are you a serf or a tsar?  Admittedly, these are hard questions, but Russia Lite […]

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