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Dear Russian friends

The Sotchi games were nice (thank you), but this president of yours has abolished rights and freedoms gradually for years and has done roughly zero about the widespread corruption. And now he is starting his third war. Though he looked smart (and sober compared to his predecessor) when rising to power some 15 years ago,

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Democracy Forum 2012 in St Petersburg

Last weekend, 23 to 26 August, Democracy Forum 2012 took place in Repino just outside St Petersburg. The forum was organized by the Swedish International Liberal Centre (SILC) together with the St Petersburg branch of the Russian Democratic Party Yabloko and invited a long range of NGOs active in St Petersburg. I attended the event

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Heliskiing in Georgia

Watch this exciting film about heliskiing in Georgia and dream away. The charming country of Georgia, powder snow, alpine skiing, fantastic cousine, good drinks — that makes a fantastic vacation! I was in Mestia two years ago during summer and could see they’d just started to construct a skiing resort at that time. Gudauri is

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Invest in…

Easily accessible, WTO membership, favourable labour codes, educated population, low taxes, corruption free, possibility to own your own winery. These are some of the sales pitches from your favourite commercials — the ”invest in…” commercials. Quite amusing! Invest in Kazan (special Russian economic zone one) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DQoL5QpiCec Invest in Мурманск (special economic zone two, commercial in

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Georgian–Russian war replayed in Google Earth

As I’ve told you before, I love Google Earth. It has now come to my attention that blogger alias Catholicgauze (who teams with Catholicgauzette) has made Google Earth KMZ files describing the military positions and events of August 9, 11, 12 and 14. I haven’t double checked the accuracy or anything.

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BBC documentaries

Today’s tip is going to be the BBC World Service MP3 library of documentaries. ”After the KGB”, ”Benazir Bhutto – The Investigation”, ”The Kremlin and the World”, ”Return to Kurdistan”, ”Uncovering Pakistan” and so on. Do any of these sound interesting? Sure they do. Check them out. What I did was that I loaded by

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