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Why those eleven profoundly stupid Russian spies were caught…

…because Russians are, in fact, stupid.   Exhibit One, from Soviet TV circa 1970:

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A special treat: “The Hobbit” in Russian

Our friend Ivan has sent us this clip of a Russian version of Tolkien’s story, “The Hobbit.” The animation and the interpretation of the story were all done by Russians. Ivan’s opinion is that Tolkien’s very deeply English stories are … Continue reading

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China catches up to 17th century Russia

From Radio Free Asia: Authorities in China’s westernmost city of Kashgar are stepping up pressure on government employees to go clean-shaven, and the city’s large ethnic Uyghur population, whose adult males overwhelmingly sport moustaches, aren’t happy about it, residents say. … Continue reading

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In Praise of Jack Reed, American Communist

The discussion on our previous post, “Headlines”, inspired me to write a bit about Jack Reed, an American Communist who had – and still has – the honour of having his remains interred in the Kremlin Wall, because he was … Continue reading

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A Guest Post by Ivan, for Red Army Day

Last night I received another drunken phone call from Ivan.   He has asked me to post this song on 23 February, Russia’s “Defender of the Fatherland Day”, the anniversary of the founding of the Red Army: [YouTube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7rcHVrvEP_U&rel=1] And for good … Continue reading

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