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Putincare: Russia’s Alternative to Obamacare

Posted October 31st, 2013 at 1:11 pm (UTC+0)
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With Obamacare dividing America, I thought it my patriotic duty to do a firsthand, between the hospital sheets, investigation of Putincare. So, here is my report, straight from frayed bed linens stamped Mинистерство Zдравоохранения – Health Ministry. My weekend at the Cancer Ward did not have the drama of Solzhenitsyn’s 1967 novel. But it had […]

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Kremlin to US Government Workers: We Welcome Your Secrets

Posted October 14th, 2013 at 7:47 pm (UTC+0)
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In the Cold War days, Soviet spies in the United States faced tough tasks – identifying high value targets, and then persuading them to hand over America’s secrets. Today’s Kremlin has entered the modern age: Advertise! Russia’s English-language international media is giving glowing coverage to four U.S. government whistleblowers who came to Moscow to give […]

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Greenpeace Pirates? Russia Loses Another International PR War

Posted October 9th, 2013 at 5:05 am (UTC+0)
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After Pussy Riot and “Gay propaganda,” the Kremlin now marches resolutely towards another international public relations defeat — this time with Greenpeace. To the Kremlin, Greenpeace activists are not trespassers, they are pirates. Piracy charges have been filed against everyone who was on the Greenpeace ship, the Arctic Sunrise, on Sept. 18. On that day […]

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