Monthly Archives: July 2010

Shield-and-sword.gov

As Emma Bull once said: "Coincidence is the word we use when we can't see the levers and pulleys." We were told that the timing of the arrest of 10 members of the so-called Russian Spy Ring, which almost overlapped with … Continue reading

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And Then There Were Twelve

One would assume that after the 10 members of the notorious "Russian spy ring" were sent to Moscow on July 9 (and the 11th disappeared in Cyprus), the number of Russian spies in the United States should have gone down.  At least a bit.  … Continue reading

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The Lords Of The Ring

Here is an old Russian joke about a man who went on trial for making illegal (or "unlawful", as it's fashionable to say these days) alcohol.  For those unfamiliar with the subject, a short primer.  Home-making of a strong spirit (samogon) is … Continue reading

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The Lords Of The Ring

Here is an old Russian joke about a man who went on trial for making illegal (or "unlawful", as it's fashionable to say these days) alcohol.  For those unfamiliar with the subject, a short primer.  Home-making of a strong spirit (samogon) is … Continue reading

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Pravda On The Potomac-16 (What The Washington Post Wrote About Russia In June 2010)

I have to admit that even after closely watching the Post's coverage of Russia for almost two years, its logic still evades me.  For example, one would assume that in early June, it should have focused on Russian President Medvedev's first state visit to … Continue reading

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Pravda On The Potomac-16 (What The Washington Post Wrote About Russia In June 2010)

I have to admit that even after closely watching the Post's coverage of Russia for almost two years, its logic still evades me.  For example, one would assume that in early June, it should have focused on Russian President Medvedev's first state visit to … Continue reading

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