Browsing All posts tagged under »Russia«

Bribes, roads… and bribes on the road

June 15, 2011


Nothing gets tongues clacking more fervently in the more liberal Russian media outlets than two topics. Vzyatki – bribes – are as quintessential a part of Russian life, just as not saying what you really think is in Britain. A close second to bribes come dorogi – roads – and the appalling state they are […]

Has Libya’s Majnun come between Russia’s Tandem?

March 21, 2011


So it’s come to this. Fork in the road. The tiny cracks that were once so easily “paperoverable” have festered and are conspiring to part the wall apart. Maybe. Although there have been a few very, very played-down cases of ruffled feathers between Russia’s ruling tandem, this is the most public negative comment President Dmitry […]

If it’s broke, rebrand it. Russia’s answer to everything?

March 8, 2011


On 1 March this year a new law came into force in Russia. It’s got bloggers and Twits there abuzz. Everyone seems to have an opinion about it. Russia has started implementing the much-publicised change in legislation that will see the country’s law enforcement agency renamed as the “police” (полиция) instead of the “militia” (милиция). […]