Corruption

Disassembling the Tower

http://vimeo.com/moogaloop.swf?clip_id=12130035&server=vimeo.com&show_title=0&show_byline=0&show_portrait=0&color=ffffff&fullscreen=1 The Tower: A Songspiel is a new agitprop production from the fine people at Chto Delat.  The film is the final part of a

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Faith Healer Grabovoi Needs Someone to Save

Russian faith healer, self-proclaimed messiah, and all around conman, Grigory Grabovoi was released from the slammer last Friday.  Apparently, Grabovoi, who’s antics have included promising Beslan mothers to resurrect their dead children, posing as the Second Coming, and declaring that if he became Russia’s president, he would outlaw death, kept his mouth shut in prison.  He should consider himself fortunate to only serve four years of his eight year sentence for swindling people “under the guise of resurrecting the victims’ dead relatives or curing them of serious illnesses.”  Actually, he’s lucky that one of his victims didn’t put a bullet in

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Black PR vs. Black PR?

As the Power Vertical’s Robert Coalson explains, this is the way the game is played. Anyone familiar with Russian politics over the last 20 years, if not the last century, will not be surprised by the revelation a United Russia hatchet-men hired “spin doctors” to spread black PR to smear political opponents of UR power broker and Saratov deputy Vyacheslav Volodin. But is this latest revelation merely black PR about black PR? Yet another example of the Russian elite cannabalizing itself?

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Moscow in Perspective

Moscow.  Being in Russia’s capital provides a perspective impossible to acquire through the news.  Contrary to popular belief, the Internet doesn’t bring us closer together. 

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Kill’em All

Here are some interesting findings from a recent VTsIOM survey on corruption: Thirty percent of Russians approve of the idea of public executions to fight

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