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Comment Re:Corruption? In Russia? (Score 1) 94

In short, the issue of corruption in Russia is typically raised by the people (Browder, etc.) who used to like corruption in that country when it benefited them. Which strongly suggests that they actually care about their lost revenue.

It's detailed in a recent article by Mark Ames -- an American who has actually lived in 1990s in Russia (and ran a local English-language newspaper) and who sheds some light on Browder's past attitudes regarding corruption in Russia.

All the good people on the Web who have suddenly started to worry about Russia, take some interest in learning about 1990s in that country. It's the best part of the story which provides the context for understanding the current affairs.

Comment Re:Twenty five years of science destruction... (Score 3, Interesting) 119

Perhaps if most of the country's wealth wasn't concentrated in the hands of a handful of corrupt oligarchs who live like a modern version of Roman emperors they'd be able to pay researchers a living wage.

Can you imagine that the rise of the class of super-rich was viewed as a huge achievement in Russia's 1990s? Like, we've ditched the ineffective Socialism and now we have the super-rich like the rest of the world! Isn't that the huge progress we've made?

Comment Re:Tell Putin that you disapprove (Score 1) 309

What do you want to say to the Russian people? We at are a team of volunteer translators who would _enjoy_ to facilitate the discussion between the West and Russia. However, nobody from the Western countries shows up. If you are so daring, register at and try to engage in/start a discussion in a dedicated English part of the forum. English is OK. You are welcome.

Comment Re:I wonder... (Score 5, Interesting) 212

how a prize named after Andrei Sakharov is gonna go over with Snowden's landlord, a veteran of the KGB that tormented Andrei Sakharov.

Reportedly, Putin is a fan of Sakharov.

An excerpt some early interview with American "National Public Radio":

Mr. Siegel: On another subject, our listener, Alfred Friendly Jr., sent us this question. He wants to know what influence you believe Andrei Sakharov and other human rights advocates and their supporters in the West had on the course of Soviet and Russian history.
President Putin: I think that was a crucial impact that they provided. It was a fundamental impact that they provided to the Russian history. At different periods, certain periods of time in the life of any nation, there will be people who turn on the light, if you will, and they show a road for the nation to follow. And no doubt Andrei Sakharov was one of those people who turned on the light.

That is, there are no problems whatsoever regarding Sakharov prize for Snowden.

You might also want to check that Putin is a fan of Solzhenitsyn, too -- under Putin, Solzhenitsyn's masterpiece was included into the Russian regular high school curriculum.

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