KLM Rocks Across Europe!

I’ll never fly Lufthansa again, as long as I shall live! (Full text sent to KLM Customer Service on December 31, 1998) KLM: Smooth as a swan My Dear KLM, Oh my dear KLM, how will you ever forgive me? I have been so bad, so distrusting, so unfaithful! Last…

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Santa Claus in Moscow

Yes, he even flies over Russia, only on Jan 7. This is what the local alternative paper, The eXile, found when they called around here for advice on Santa’s visit: V 0 X P 0 P U I WILL SANTA CLAUS SURVIVE? Santa Clans is coming town… or is he?…

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Television Is a Time Suck

The idiot box crossed the pond and is attacking the Russian soul! The true Evil Empire is here is Russia. Not the communists, not the Chechens, but the television! Until 1991, TV was a rarity here with three stations in back & white. Luckily for the Russian culture, it was…

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The Reality of Irrelevance

The Reality of Irrelevance is hard for the Kremlin to accept What we were aiming for Snow sure makes it pretty! Thrice Victorious All the tourists! Chicago Tribune 21 December 1998 Russian Anger Grounded in Faded Influence but Don’t Write us off Yet, Ex-Foes Caution By Michael McGuire, Tribune Staff…

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Salute Mayor Luzhkov

The man who will be Tzar in 2000 Bloomberg Profile, Dec. 20 1998 Moscow Mayor Luzhkov Aims for Presidency Moscow – When the Russian ruble plunged 60 percent against the dollar in August and September, Moscow Mayor Yuri Luzhkov imposed citywide price limits on staple foods, defying federal policy. When…

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Impeachment Happens

Boris did more than Bill, but Monica wasn’t in the picture. New York Times 19 December 1998 Impeachment Also Is Proceeding, in a Convoluted Way, in Russia By Michael Wines MOSCOW — If Russians are perplexed by the prospective impeachment of President Clinton over his testimony about extramarital sex –…

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I Am Not The Only One…

Moscow really puts a zap to your head! Lenin’s Tomb Russian History Museum St Basil A Side Street Yes, Russia The North Tower A Side Alley St Basil The South Tower A Little Detail Financial Times December 19 1998 Moscow: Urban, but not yet urbane By Paul Gould A bracing…

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I’m Back! Did Ya Miss Me?

Re-entry into the USA after a few years outside is one hell of an experience. After an absence of one and a half years, what can I say? I love America! I flew into Miami, and in half an hour I was in heaven waltzing down Collins Avenue on Miami…

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Chechnya Burning

The New Russian Vacation Spot: Chechnya The Independent (UK) December 13, 1998 Welcome to Hell: How did Chechnya – a country once applauded by the West for its spirit of independence – descend to such levels of chaos and barbarism? By Phil Reeves SIX WEEKS ago, looking as inconspicuous as…

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Weddings in Winter

Russian weddings are quick! Don’t be late. 7 December, 1998 NBC NEWS Moscow: love among the ruble By Carlota Zimmerman MOSCOW – As Moscow leaders ponder the socio-economic virtual reality of the country’s burning ruble, Russians continue doing what comes naturally – falling in love and planning one of the…

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