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Writer's Block: 'Arab Spring' in Russia?

'Arab Spring' in Russia?

You wish.

What are your thoughts on the results of Russia's parliamentary election?


After 5 weeks at work I just want to be like this one. Fall down somewhere and sleep for some time without being bothered.


November night at work

I need a new screen. Trying to edit night shots like these on my laptop is stupid.
I also need a new camera. As trying to shoot night shots like these with my 8 years old one is stupid.
And I guess I need some other eyes, hands and brain or you know.

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BMW 123d

I must admit that I'm a BMW fan. However shallow it might seem, it's true.
So when booking this summer a rent car I certainly didn't have any second thoughts on the brand. I decided to be practical and booked the tiniest BMW in production (except for Mini, which is BMW in fact) 1st series. I was not expecting much from the practical 5 door hatchback, and certainly was not hoping for anything exiting, but still wanted to drive in a beemer new for me, as before I drove only 3rd and 5th series. So I was really pleased when I got the key from the agency counter and found out that next 8 days I'll be driving the fastest diesel first series with all possible options including M-pack which even makes this car look good. It also was equipped with beautiful 18 inch wheels with wide tyres and the handling of this little thing is just brilliant. Manual gear box together with top of the line 2 liter bi-turbo diesel producing more than 200 bhp and less than 1.5 tons of weight make this creature furious. So certainly I can't help posting some pictures of the vehicle.

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And with all this, the greatest thing about the car is that it's also fuel efficient. With European gas and diesel prices it's nice to know that even pressing your foot down all the time at the traffic lights or on the highway you just cant do more than 10 liters per 100 km, which is 23 mpg, which is I guess not bad for 200+ bhp.
The bad thing is that this car is kind of made for good roads, which decrease it's value in terms of driving it in Russia. It doesn't even have a spare, as it's equipped with runflat tires which are kind of hard to fix in Russia, except for Moscow probably, as these tires are not really wide spread in Russia at all.



I mean - wow. It's the small Russian city populated by a significant percentage of Muslims and a tiny percent of people who speak English.

Originally posted by oshkindt at Кое-что об Иисусе
Теперь я знаю, на чем ездит Иисус.

И даже догадываюсь в каком доме он живет. Ну или в гости ездит.

Jamahiriya in early 80's pictures

Originally posted by 4044415 at Jamahiriya in early 80's pictures

Picture album Libya Jamahiriya was presented to my grandfather in 1981, as he worked and served in that country...

Considering that in the nearest future the history of Muammar Gaddafi's Libya will be totally rewritten "from inside out" by specially trained people, maybe these pictures will be interesting for those, who want to form their own opinion.

P.S.: I want to stress that fact, that I have no idea if Jamahiriya was a good type of state or a bad one, was Gaddafi tyrant or good-doer. These are just digitized historical (by this time) pictures.

P.P.S: And yes, I didn't cut the quantity of photos.

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Deutches Museum (German Museum) Part 1

This summer I visited probably the coolest museum I've seen so far. Deutches Museum in Munich. I knew that Germans probably one of the most industrious people in the world, but in this place I got the final proof. This museum is a museum of all kinds of industries. Airplanes, boats, printing presses, a mine in the cellar, a whole WWI submarine, oil and gas, engines, you name it, they have it all! They say that if you are going to spend a minute by each piece they have it'll take a month to take a tour. I spent there almost a full day, drained batteries in cameras and got exhausted walking and was happy.
So, here's a first part of short photo report on Deutches Museum, devoted to airplanes and some cars.

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Parking area
Parking area Deutche Museum, Munich. Never seen one like this before. Great idea though I guess.




Wow! or Generation P

One of the very few Russian Movies I could recommend to watch to my foreign friends.

It's based on the book of one of my favorite modern writers.
The short plot description on the IMDB page gives absolutely no clue about the contains of the movie.
Some ten years ago when I read this book it just exploded my mind in a way. I remembered some of the lines by heart. Like the one about Che Guevara: "Che Guevara didn't give the world anything except for a submachine gun burst and a trade mark named by him". It actually explained to me in a frisky way the idea of consumerism. In Russia of late 90es and for 18 years old it was a revelation.
The movie is not that great comparing to the book, but still it has some nice lines.
The book is highly recommended as well certainly. Together with other books by Victor Pelevin, who lives in States actually and most of his literature is translated to English.

P stands for Pepsi by the way.

It's official

Everybody knew it 5 years ago indeed (I can even show forum history pages where I say it myself, but they're obviously in Russian). But still there always was a chance that something is going to change, some new people appear. But no, Mr. Putin announced that he is going for presidency again. There's nothing especially surprising therefor. But there's some kind of bad feeling for some reason. It's just doesn't feel totally OK.
In fact there are no other options. No real personalities out there. And the real country leaders could find some other minion like Mr. Medvedev was found some time ago, and make another joke of it, but they decided to be kind of frank. That's good in a way. But again there's this awkward aftertaste.
Well, at least there are no surprises, no news is a good news as they say. We're going to have good old Putin back and we're certain about what is going to happen on the political scene.
But then again, some weird feeling.

BMW Welt & Museum in Munich

So here it goes. It's going to be quite a lot of pictures.

This is a report, short in text and broad in pictures, devoted to the official BMW Museum and the largest and most famous BMW store which is called BMW Welt (Welt means World as far as I know).

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Coming soon

Interesting Forbes journalist review of The Economist article about modern Russia called 'Time to shove off'.

And before you read it, as a hopefully still young and somewhat professional Russian I ought to say that I'm not going to shove off in any way, and belive me it wouldn't be hard for me if I wanted.

The other day I noted an especially overdrawn article titled “Time to Shove Off” that had recently appeared in The Economist. The article’s thesis was basically the following: Russia is again stagnating and all of its most talented and successful people are preparing to leave, a development which will eventual cripple the country. I briefly noted that I thought this was a load of rubbish and that the article omitted a huge number of relevant facts that contradicted its analysis.
As is quite obvious from even a cursory glance at the data, the recent Levada poll shows that Russians’ desire to emigrate is utterly unexceptional. Indeed, apart from South Korea, Great Britain and Germany, there is at least one other well-managed liberal democracy whose citizens are much more eager to leave the country than the despondent citizens of Putin’s stagnating autocracy. Don’t believe me? Look at this Gallup poll from early 2008 which asked the following question: “Ideally, if you had the opportunity, would like to move permanently to another country, or would you prefer to continue living in this country.” 35% of Chileans said that they would like to move to another country, far higher than equivalent figures for Argentina (20%) or Venezuela (12%).

Chile is, and has long been, one of The Economist’s favorite success stories, a country far more thoroughly liberalized, both politically and economically, than Russia is ever likely to be. Yet despite its liberalism, capitalism, and democracy more than a third of its citizens said they would prefer to emigrate. Chile’s figure was far higher than the corresponding figures for the far less economically liberal Argentina and Venezuela, or even a famously unequal and polarized society such as Brazil. Does this mean that Chile’s president is evil or that its basic political and economic structures are fundamentally broken? Does it mean that it should adopt the “Bolivarian” model which apparently is far better at retaining the basic loyalty of citizens? I suspect not, but then I have no interest in either tendentiously trying to prove Chile’s failure or convincing it of a specific course of action.

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