Monthly Archives: November 2011

Belt up part II – how the Virgin Mary won Russia’s elections

It’s a week since the scrap of cloth billed as the Virgin Mary’s belt arrived in Moscow following a tour of Russia, and the response in the city has been so extraordinary I thought it was worth a follow-up post. … Continue reading

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Belt up! – the Virgin Mary comes to Moscow

My friend Tamara rang this morning, apologising for running late (she takes my daughter and hers to school). “I’m sure God will punish me for this but BLOODY PILGRIMS!” she wailed. “They’re everywhere: I can’t even get the car out.” … Continue reading

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Summertime all year round

Stop! Don’t change that clock! Good news, comrades: Russia is enjoying “permanent summertime”. Yeah right, I hear you say, and tractor production is up by 318 per cent, two years ahead of schedule? Mock not: time really has stood still … Continue reading

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Lenin – the pretendy man

It was half term here in Moscow, so, of course, we went to see Lenin. He is, after all, indoors, and it was a bit drizzly. Also, I have felt oddly guilty – I’ve been here over a year, been … Continue reading

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Kal and corruption

I’m sorry to begin this way, but I’m going to talk about poo. And anyway, this story is really about corruption, and how – no matter how upstanding you are – it can overtake you almost before you know what’s … Continue reading

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