Monthly Archives: December 2011

Carnations, pin badges and a party: how Russians voted with their feet

A week or so before the Duma elections whose rigging has this weekend brought tens of thousands of Russians onto the streets in peaceful protest, I had a telling encounter with a stranger in a supermarket. Curious to know the … Continue reading

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Russian school pictures – worth a thousand words?

It’s autumn term in Moscow – season of mists, mellow fruitfulness (well, in the top-end supermarkets anyway) and school photographs. A few weeks ago, my five-year-old son’s teacher at dyetsky sad (kindergarten) told me at pick-up time that a photographer … Continue reading

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