Author Archives: not Mrs Putin

How elephants can teach Russian

Do you know Vovochka?. For all fellow Russian-learners who have frequently felt the urge to tell the language where it can stuff its logic-defying genitive plural and infamous verbs of motion, Notmrsputin strongly recommends the wonderful new time4russian blog. Written … Continue reading

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The protesters who went out in the cold

Vladimir Putin now knows this much: freezing temperatures are not enough to halt the protests in Russia calling for fair elections, an end to corruption and – not least – his own departure. At the latest Moscow rally this weekend … Continue reading

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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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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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