October 30th, 2007


Russian cars

In general the main thing you should know about Russian cars is that Russian cars suck.
Really it's amazing, we have space rockets and nuclear weapons, but to build a decent car is mission impossible for manufacturers.
It was bad in soviet times and it's not much better know.
Well certainly russian cars have advantages: they run and they cost less then exported (especially maintenance cost), but the have a hole lot of real disadvantages. You can only have a look at it to understand what I mean. See under cut. They look outdated, strongly outdated...

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In order to save the situation the biggest Russian car manufacturer VAZ (they make Ladas) even tried to have some joint venture with Chevrolet.
All they managed to do is a shitty car which has a price of decent expored model like Ford fiesta.
I did my best when I was taking pictures for so called 'Chevy Niva' ads.
They didn't like it. Anyway they stoped producing it pretty soon.

So is it that bad? I mean the picture...


Russian police

Since the Revolution and civil war of 1919-21 times police (or Militia as it's called here) authorities in Russia are considered not as a protection, but more like intimidation force. In late 30s so called NKVD (Peoples Committee for Internal Affairs) killed about 1.5 million people accused in sabotage. Great number of people were sent to Siberia camps. That was due to Stalins (who was at that time a sole Soviet Union ruler delusions of persecution. Lots of very bright people were eliminated. That was one of the greatest Russian tragedies called "Stalin's repressions".
Since that time people start to be afraid of those who mean to be protecting people. When you see a policeman coming towards you on a street of any Russian city, even if you're an absolutely law-abiding person, you don't expect anything good. In general people don’t' like police here. Some hate. Very often it's mutual.

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Recent news show, that sometimes such hatred has some real basis underneath.
Today I read on a news site that three policemen were accused in torturing of a student. It's sad and scary but it happens all the time. When regular police officers are pressed from the top, in order to get somebody to blame, they can get a random person from the street. The torture their victim and made a person to sign a confession and their done. The person may spend years after that trying to proof that it was a forced confession, and some victims never speak up.

It’s hard to believe that it happens everywhere, but I had a friend who was in such mess. He was beaten by hooligans, but when he came to police station actually bleeding, they decided that he’s drunk and he’s a good opportunity to ‘close’ some old case. They tried to make him sign something, but luckily he managed to phone his parents minutes before, so they were not insisting and he got away from there ok.

You may think that Russian policemen are monsters, and very often it’s true, but certainly among them are lots of good guys, not the majority though.

Take a good care of yourselves, please.

I want it!

A phone you can write on.
Not a sensor display, just a pile of paper with dial in the middle!
Such a neat, old-fashioned idea!

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Harry Potter

Do you like Harry Potter books?
To be honest I just watched movie.
A few days ago I found out that the author of the book anounced that one of the heroes is gay.
I don't mind gays at all, but this book is kind of for kids, right.
So what do you think, is it a good idea to have a gay character in it?

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