Russian Remonts

With all the dust and notice, you’d forget there is a crisis on! Its 9am on a Saturday morning, and I am wide awake. I was not planning on being in this state, at this hour on a Saturday, but the sound of a pneumatic chisel hitting the pipes that…

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Stop Theif!

Someone stole my car! Los Angeles Times September 21, 1998 In Russia, Stealing Is a Normal Part of Life Crime: Theft has become integral to the ‘privatization’ of state property. By Richard C. Paddock, Times Staff Writer ARKHANGELSK, Russia–Drunk and desperate, Pavel Araslanov climbed to the top of a power…

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Almost Worth Staying For

Don’t be fooled, Irkutsk isn’t all that, but the fish from Lake Bikal are! Breathtaking beauty Taking a break from the bikes Around the globe on a Honda Thanks, but Tetons are nicer No, use this thing-a-majig Cooking for the masses All we need are french-frys! Note the size! As…

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Offshore Your Rubles in Swiss Accounts

Why not put your IMF loot in the safest banks in the world? Every wealthy Russian has at least one, if not a few, a Swiss bank account to hide all the cash they ship out of Russia on a daily basis. I didn’t know how widespread this was until…

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Russian Women

You gotta love those Russian women! Oh, please look at me! Show me that belly button! Lidya stole my heart! Cleaning the streets with twigs Your grandma look like this? I hate to choose! She’ll love you for your mind Straight from a porn video Ice, Ice, baby! Not Russia,…

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You Can Buy Anything in a Russian Kiosk!

You can buy ANYTHING in a Russian Kiosk! Ya want some magazines? Beer? Chips? CD’s? Stereo? Furniture? Airline tickets? Well you can get all that, and a whole lot more shopping by kiosk in Moscow! Due to the expense and immobility of opening a store, Moscow was invaded by kiosks…

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What Did Russians Eat Before Potaotes?

Its dangerous to farm on a dacha The Times (UK) August 10 1999 Why Russian plots lead to potato knifings By Richard Beeston Borodino – A few miles from one of the epic battles of Russian history, a smaller but equally violent struggle for survival is under way, pitting Russian…

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Nothing Like a Birch Branch Beating!

What to do in Kazan if you have two-day travel dirt on ya Nice benches to the left What I wandered to The Tartars showing off Enjoying the sunshine You could say I was feeling a little dirty earlier today. I’d left Moscow, for the last time, on Monday, and…

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Anything Can Be Scrap Metal

Nothing like stripping the copper out of live electrical wires HELLO RUSSIA SCRAPS FEVER By Alexander Samoiloff In 1999 a chronic Russian disease of non-ferrous metals theft has grown up into the real fever. The problem is that impoverished Russian people steal non-ferrous metal parts for selling at a low…

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Serious Soviet Pollution

Polution Central August 4, 1999, AFP via Johnson’s Russia List Russia’s Karabash: A town with the air of death about it KARABASH, Russia, – The town of Karabash in the Russian Urals has the unpleasant distinction, according to the United Nations, of being one of the most polluted places on…

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