Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Potap & Nastya Kamenskih Na RaYOne video

After watching the 2011 Zolotoi Grammofon Music Awards, I took a look through some good Russian videos that have been made over the past few years. Some would say that they aren't impressive, or that they lack culture, I disagree, they're fun, point out the trends seen in modern Russian and other Russian speaking areas, and are keeping pace, if not surpassing the music produced in the west. Keep up the good work, I'll be listening.

Friday, September 30, 2011

Medvedev Rules out Confrontation with Putin

While many in the west did not care for the style of Vladimir Putin, I thought him to be a fine leader. Giving Russia the strong guidance to pull itself out of the turulent 1990's and into the 21st century. When his second term ended and Medvedev as approached to become the President, I too was skeptical. Would Medvedev be just a place holder until Putin can legally run again? Or would he develop his own style of Russian politics and move Russia forward. In the beginning it appeared that he deferred power to Putin, as he became Prime Minister. Then, as we saw from time to time, he asserted himself and made bold decisions, occasionally chatising the PM and looking like a strong leader.

Sadly, I am not impressed by the Russian system in the past couple of weeks. Not so much as a debate or strong stance. It seems the the United Russia Party has picked their man again, and in the tradition of Russian politics, the outgoing President taps someone to replace him. It looks like it will be President Puting for the next four years.

Don't get me wrong, he's done incedible work for Russia and I do support him. But I also believe that it is time for Russia to move away from the traditional politicians that we've seen in the last century, and move towards a more European and democratic system. What ever the case may be, the next four years in Russia will be very interesting, and if history is any source, a little nerve wracking!

RIA NovostiRussian President Dmitry MedvedevMedvedev rules out confrontation with Putin

18:59 30/09/2011 Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday there would never be any disputes between him and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.>>

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Summer Break

It's been a long time since my last post. This was my fault, a bizarre series of cirmcumstances brings me to where I am today! Between buying a new home, moving, work, and the fact that Google pulled the plug on my advertising, I haven't felt much like writing about Russia, or topics relating to Russia.

I started this blog with intentions of focusing on Russia, and I intend to. Rather than only spending time on what happens in Russia, I'd like to begin moving into the areas of Europe that Russia has had an impact on, good and bad. I would like to solicit any feedback, from you the readers on what you would like to see. I do hope to keep politics out of the discussion, as this always leads to a heated debate, but would like to point out how Russia has influenced its neighbors or how they have influenced Russia.

Back to Google. As most bloggers do, I posted a couple of adverts on my site hoping that the occasional clicker would help me generate a little spending cash. Some of my friends and family apparently tried to hook my up, by over clicking, drawing the attentions of Google's fraud division. Who in turn shut me down like an unlicensed VFW, and barring me from opening an adsense account for life! Oh well, I guess I'll go back to collecting aluminum cans!

So dear readers, please let me know what content you would like to see, and I shall deliver. I want to make this fun for everyone, and not just what I think is needed. I look forward to your comments.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Russian Security Services Homonize!

While some may disagree with this allocation of funds, I think it's a great idea. A well practiced symphony raises the morale of the employees, and will show the FSB in a positive light to the people of Russia. As the successors of the KGB, they've overcome some bad publicity, and have worked hard to gain the confidence of the population. I look forward to seeing the band perform for the next Russian holiday.

RIA NovostiRussian security service tenders for $25,000 music accessoriesRussian security service tenders for $25,000 music accessories

17:45 29/06/2011 Russia’s Federal Protection Service, the FSO put out a $25,000 tender on Wednesday to buy accessories for musical instruments.>>

Monday, May 16, 2011

Celebrate Summer with Baltika Beer

It's that time of year; mowing the lawn, backyard cookouts, washing the car in the driveway, what do they all have in common? There is a good chance that a cold beer is nearby. One of my other hobbies is brewing beer, well consuming it, but the brewing slows that down a bit! But when I want a beer, right now, I like to drink Baltika 7. Living in the DC area, I'm fortunate that many beer and wine stores carry this brand. It reminds me of picnics in Belarus, and a whirlwind vacation that I once took to St. Petersburg with my wife and brother in law.

Hovering around 5.4% ABV, it pours with a nice golden color and holds a head well. Since it comes in the larger 16oz can or bottle, it reduces the trips to the fridge, but I recommend that you sip it slowly in the hot sun, it may sneak up on you!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Peterhof celebrates season of fountains - 7 - English pravda.ru

Not everything in Russia is serious. Most of us grew up with images of a cold, grey country in mind. From experience, one trip to Peterhof will change your mind. If a term comes to mind, it's "Oppulance...they has it" A short ride from St. Petersburg will take you back to the lavish lives of Russia's Tsars. This palace is fantastic from entrance to exit; paintings, statues, fountains, intricate gardens, I was amazed. You can return to the city by taking the Hydofoil boats across the bay, sitting on the sundeck while that beast flew at 50 mph was fantastic!
Peterhof celebrates season of fountains - 7 - English pravda.ru

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Russian Marine Corps TV Commercial

As the Russian military is spending the week commemerating the end of WWII in Europe, let's take a look at how the government is getting new recruits. There has been a push to get away from the mandatory draft that most Russian males experience, and become a volunteer, or contract service.

Not exactly the type of Marine Corps commercials that we're used to seeing in the US, but I like how this guy spends his time off! It sure beats hanging around Camp Lejuene, waiting for my laundry to dry.