Whatcha Gonna Do When They Tweet At You? OMON_Moscow’s Public Q&A

  On January 13, 2011, an anonymous member of the Moscow OMON opened a Twitter account and began regularly posting opinions and factoids related to police work in Russia’s capital city. That Twitter account now has almost 3,000 followers, and the user himself is following 178 other tweeters — most of them high-profile RuNet bloggers. …

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Russia's Sick Police

The reform of Russia’s Interior Ministry (MVD) produced some news this week in the form of an amusing interview with Rashid Nurgaliev, the ministry’s chief. Nurgaliev called the MVD “the very poorest of current law enforcement agencies” and voiced concerns that many officers are “very deeply sick,” explaining that traffic patrols last 50% longer in …

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"Excuse me, but what's your name?" (The Full Translation of the Putin-Shevchuk Showdown)

Yesterday, Vladimir Putin met with the participants and organizers of charity event for sick children. The event included various famous members of the Russian artist and intellectual community. The most animated guest at the table was Yuri Shevchuk, lead singer of the rock band DDT and well-known liberal activist. Just a few months ago, Shevchuk …

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Blood on the Streets

I offer the following post not as an analysis of insider Washington politics, but just to bring light to a particularly nasty story that hasn’t gotten much coverage in the English-language media (though the Moscow Times had a blurb about it here.) Anyone who has lived in or even visited Russia has likely shivered under …

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