Watering the Soviet Lands

Guests: Maya Peterson and Christopher Ward on water and the environment in the Soviet Union.


Kashin Implicates Yakemenko

When Kommersant journalist Oleg Kashin was beaten in November, Nashi was high on the list of suspects.  Kashin, after all has written unflatteringly about the

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Nashi Plagiarizes Goebbels

Google Nashi and you’ll inevitably come across the term “Putinjugend”  I’ve never liked this label, mostly because Nashi is a far cry from the Hitler

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Nashi Turns Five

I haven’t peeked into the world of Nashi in a while.  The movement seems like it’s in a rut and continues to bobble along.  Long gone are the days where Nashi paraded 10,000 red and white clad youths down a Moscow thoroughfare denouncing the scourge of “colored revolution.”

Yet Nashi perseveres.  It carries out a small action against illegal gambling clubs here; and joins the chorus of sympathy for Poland there.  Nothing flashy.  Almost barely noticeable, in fact.  If it wasn’t for the machinations of  its member and Duma rep Robert Shlegel, Nashi would barely make headlines at all.

Shlegel reared his all too Aryan looking head following

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Yakemenko Loves You

Vasili, Vasili, Vasili.  How far you’ve fallen.  To think that only a few years ago you were the leader of your own youth army, Nashi. 

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Kebab House of Comedy

Russian politics is a joke.  I’m not being sarcastic.  It really is funny.  Perhaps in an effort to one up the inanity of American politics

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Medvedev’s Generation

If history is any indication, a gerontocracy can kill a political system.  The Soviet Union and other Eastern Bloc states suffered from it.  It currently

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Nashi Pisses on Nemtsov

A suspected murderer, an ex-KGB turned oligarch, and a “dissident” liberal are all part of what will prove to be a mayoral election of the

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