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Brothers

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I wonder whether a non-Russian sees the same here as we do.
A Facebook friend of mine noticed this picture in a Moscow office.
For me it is clearly a symbol of the times, a bit similar to the salt-cellar and pepper pot from 2009.

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August 22, 2011 at 7:37 pm

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Top Leaders

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Russian top power sharing forced journalists to invent many terms in order to describe Putin and Medvedev’s duo: duumvirate, tandemocracy and even medveput. Recently I read a business letter where all above mentioned would look pretentious or over-ideological. I found there another term and I don’t know how to translate the flavour of it. There is expression in Russian: “первые лица” (“first faces”) meaning “top leaders” of a company, government etc. In the letter I saw all respect and laconism were put in capital letters so it was written “Russia’s Top Leaders” (Первые Лица РФ) which is particularly funny: along with Russian State Emblem (two-headed eagle) there is well-known expression “двуличие” which luckily has exact translation to English as “double-facedness”.

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April 6, 2010 at 7:31 pm

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The Wall

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Nobody reproached me while I was walking along the former Berlin Wall and made a report about today’s perception of it. Even though so many people were killed when trying to cross it, the city and the country are still divided, and it was over just 19 years ago.

 

Nobody said a word about Soviet ideology, communists from Moscow etc.

 

As if the Wall appeared from nowhere and vanished by itself.

 

We didn’t have long discussions with people on the street but if I were asked by a television crew about the Wall I would have mentioned the Soviet authorities, if not the USSR. At least I would have asked back a Russian journalist, “what do you feel?”

 

So if I ask myself the question – I am ashamed. And I am really interested how many Russians share the feeling.

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November 9, 2008 at 1:42 am

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3500 per day

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Three and a half thousand voices per day is the speed of the Internet supporting campaign for Svetlana Bakhmina, a former Yukos lawyer imprisoned for 7 years.

The campaign was launched on October, 7 and got little attention in Russian media. It is Russian speaking bloggers and Internet users who really participate: yesterday at 10pm I was # 11 335, by now 14 369 people put their names in the list.

It is very contemporary, very Russian story – with all the details accompanying the conviction. But at the moment it is her personal situation that gets attention: more than a half of term has passed, according to Russian law due to “good behavior” Mrs.Bakhmina had few days vacations at home and is due to give birth in two months – in a penal colony hospital, of course.

Her two kids (7 and 9 years old) are still told mum is having “a foreign business trip”. Her husband, teachers at school and neighbors manage to keep the details of the “trip” away from her children.

The supporting campaign is actually a plea to President Medvedev for mercy. So 14 369 person in a country of 142 millions. I think for the majority of people the signature under the letter is a personal test for mercy rather than real hope the prisoner will get home any time soon.

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October 11, 2008 at 9:03 pm

Russian blogosphere is monitored

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I just learned by chance that Russian blogosphere is monitored by US Open Source Center. Its website is open only for American government employees and for some people from the BBC. OSC makes small weekly reports “using blog posts by leading Russian bloggers and the list of the day’s top 30 most popular posts generated by the Russian web portal Yandex”.

Here is what they mention for the week 27.09-03.10:

“SPS Leader Resigns, New Right-Wing Coalition Proposed Nikita Belykh (belyh.livejournal.com, no date)”

“Yashin Blames Gay “Provocation” on Kremlin Wig and glasses worn by Yashin’s unwanted admirer (yashin.livejournal.com, 24 September)”

“New Website Set Up To Monitor Political Blogs Politonline.ru website logo”

They follow political topics, so it seems.

I wonder if non-political top stories get into the review. For example when LiveJournal temporarily suspended very popular Artemy Lebedev’s weblog for his “users’ tits contest” or when the whole Russian blogosphere discussed during a week the striking news of “cat pack blown away in Moscow”.

It is life, too, isn’t it.

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October 9, 2008 at 8:27 pm

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