Monthly Archives: February 2011

How to Steal a Resort: corruption, Russian style

…How to Steal a Resort, or grand corruption on Russia’s Black Sea coast I’m glad that Navalny is not the only person fighting the all-penetrating Russian corruption. However, the more those dedicated people expose the scale of corruption that is going … Continue reading

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Black Swan, a feast of unnecessary violence

The Oscars ceremony is almost here, and, after seeing Black Swan yesterday, I’m only one film – The Social Network, which I’ll probably see sometime after the Oscars, maybe once it comes out on DVD – short from completing my pre-Oscar … Continue reading

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Ramzan Kadyrov’s dolce vita

Despite being totally evil, Chechnya’s leader Ramzan Kadyrov is apparently enjoying his life. In a remarkable ass-licking gesture,  Kadyrov was the one who started that ridiculous campaign calling for abolition of all titles of Presidents for leaders of Russian republics, … Continue reading

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Navalny and Anna Chapman’s The Room-like show

What a rich day in Russia! Following Navalny’s debate with United Russia Fedorov, British The Guardian published an article about Navalny, calling him a “Russia’s chief whistleblower” and a “one-man Wikileaks”. As Navalny said on his blog, the feedback he … Continue reading

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Russia, stop making an archetypal enemy out of America!

… You don’t know how ridiculous it looks. Honestly. The context is as follows. A couple of weeks ago, the “well-known in close circles” Russian lawyer Alexey Navalny, the creator of the anti-corruption website RosPil (the name is a clever … Continue reading

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My complaints about American Idol’s Hollywood Week

I already sang the praises to  the concept of American Idol. However, I did mention that the execution of the show sometimes leaves a little, or even a lot, to be desired. This refers to the “dreaded Hollywood week” (as … Continue reading

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Keeping my resolution: The Kids Are Alright

In another installment of keeping my pre-Oscar resolution, I recently saw The Kids Are Alright, a movie about a lesbian couple (played by Annette Bening and Julianne Moore) whose two children decide to meet their biological father (a.k.a. the sperm … Continue reading

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