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Posts published in April 2010

Jackson–Vanik Amendment is a Cold War Relic That Should Go Away…

This amendment was another case of the pot calling the kettle black and as I study more and more history, America has got to be the king at using this method of mannerisms. Jackson/Vanik had this correct but they aimed it at the rest of the world. Jackson said, “A country that does not respect the rights of its own…

Is There Scotch Whiskey in Heaven?

I guess I am old fashion because I find one to one communication to be so much better than by electronic ways. If you have ever traveled Russia by train you will experience hundreds and hundreds of kilometers that are electronic-less vacuums in space. You are in a cocoon that is sealed to the outside world and you must deal…

Making a Visa Run to Ukraine!

Going to Ukraine this weekend and I really expect to find a different Ukraine as compared to the last 3 or 4 times I have been there. The last time in January 2010 that I was there, Kiev was beginning to become a much happier place. Just like it was before the crash of all the world financial system… I…

Russia has raised $5.5bn in Eurobond!

Russia has raised $5.5bn (4bn euros; £3.5bn) in its first international debt sale since it defaulted in 1998. Initial reports said that demand for the Eurobond was five times higher than expected. The Eurobond was split between a $2bn issue repayable in five years, and $3.5bn in ten years. I have been following this from its initial conception a few…

The Past Always Comes Back To Haunt!

It was just a few months ago that workers who were building a federal road to the site of the 2012 APEC summit near Vladivostok dug up a mass burial grave. The huge grave held some of the victims of the “political persecution campaigns” in the 1930s. The road construction was immediately stopped and the site blocked from any other…

Shhhhhh Don’t Tell Viktor Yushchenko! A Gas Deal…

Interesting little tidbit of news: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday. That Ukraine will receive a discount of $100 per 1,000 cu m at the natural gas price of $330 and a 30% discount on other prices. He also commented that the Black Sea Fleet will stay in place for the next 25 years. This announcement came after a…

Our New Camera Phone in Russia!

Today I tried out the new camera phone (The one I will use all the time.) and it is not quite as good as the older phone we had. But it does OK and cost a quarter of the last one! The day was very hazy and it looks like we finally have a touch of the ash cloud drifting…

Almost 4 Years in Russia and the First Mustang That I Have Seen!

I heard that they had some. I heard that you could find them near the University of Moscow. But I have never seen one in Russia until the other day. Svet and I walked by a doctors building and… I started acting crazy and Svet thought I had lost my mind! I finally found a Ford Mustang in Russia. We…

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