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“Sharks of the quill”

Posted on January 20, 2017

If you are a Russian with a sense of history – that’s most of us – there are some words and phrases, which carry uncomfortable echoes of our troubled past…

“Senators, be brave!”

Posted on January 13, 2017

It’s Friday the 13th, and we thought it might perhaps be safer not to publish anything, but now we have somebody else to mock – don’t worry, the Kremlin will always be first in our hearts – we just couldn’t …

A fair hearing

Posted on January 11, 2017

Today, Rex Tillerson – President Putin’s choice for US Secretary of State – will be appearing in the Senate for his confirmation hearing.


Posted on January 4, 2017

The scandal currently brewing over alleged electoral foul play in Mytishchi, a town in Moscow Region, doesn’t say much for the new electoral commission chief.

Drowning one’s sorrows

Posted on January 4, 2017

You might think the end of December is a time for sipping champagne and making plans for the New Year. But in Irkutsk, 123 residents drank Boyaryshnik – a methanol-based bath product with extract of hawthorn – 76 of whom …

No more questions

Posted on December 30, 2016

For our last Open Wall of the year, we thought that we should loyally give the floor to our beloved president.

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