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14 June, 2012
14 June, 2012

The Marches of Millions, getting into the habit of the Russian opposition and gathering together thousands of protesting people in Moscow, now risk becoming the Million-Rubles-Marches. The new version of the federal law about meetings increases the maximum fine for violations up to one million Rubles which is about 30, 000 dollars. And not only this ... The updated version of the law was signed the 8th of June by President Putin – the day before it was approved by the upper and the lower chamber of the Parliament. The senators voted for the law hastely and almost unanimously.

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14 June, 2012
14 June, 2012

Mancho  Ekliani


One of the visitors to the first annual Georgian Cultural Festival commented after looking around ‘The Mayans have predicted the end of the world in 2012. Coincidentally that was also the year of the first Georgian Cultural Festival’.

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14 June, 2012
14 June, 2012

- Whom do you work for?
- Myself.
- That cannot be. You must be a government puppet.
- No, really, this was my idea.
- Cannot be, you must be in the oppositions pocket.
- I am not in anyone’s pocket; I have my own pockets, thank you very much.
- Then you must be crazy.
- That is entirely a matter of opinion.

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07 June, 2012
07 June, 2012

This year, it was the first time in my life that I regretted my not having been able to attend the Eurovision Song Contest, which took place in Baku, Azerbaijan. I would really love to be in the spectators’ stands of the Baku Chrystal Hall in the days of the competition to loudly support the Russian participant Buranovskie Babushki (Buranovo Grannies). This folk group, composed of 8 woman aged from 44 to 76, was in my opinion, the brightest entrant of the contest.

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06 June, 2012
06 June, 2012

One of the most noticeable things about Tbilisi in the last few years is the increase in advertising for Internet gambling. More than anywhere I have ever seen in the world. The advertisements are everywhere, on marshutkas, busses, giant TV screens, billboards. The industries that engage in a great deal of out door advertising are generally those that are the most profitable. Who could imagine that an industry would appear more profitable than the manufacture and sale of cigarettes?

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31 May, 2012
31 May, 2012

Sometimes, loyalty to a big boss is everything when one needs to make a mammoth step in his or her career. This rule is 100% applicable in the promotional case of Igor Holmanskih – a regular foreman of Uralvagonzavod Plant in the Urals of Russia before the 21st of May of 2012. His story resembles very much the one of Cinderella. And the role of the fairy was brilliantly performed by President Putin himself.

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24 May, 2012
24 May, 2012

Moscow is meeting the old new Russian president with a series of protests of a totally refreshed form. Last fortnight or so, parts of the Moscow downtown have been reminding us of a typical holiday camp. Some two to five hundred people come here on regular basis to take a spot after a spot in the historic part of the capital city to peacefully camp there round the clock.

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26 April, 2012
26 April, 2012

In United States, the land of opportunity and equality, a woman still makes 75 cents on the man’s $1.00.  Being a woman is getting harder and harder. It’s no Saudi Arabia or Bahrain, but we can’t really compare the countries where they don’t bother to hide the gender inequality, to put it mildly, to United States a country that still holds dear the freedom of press and religion.

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19 April, 2012
19 April, 2012

 

The first time I had ever eaten at an American restaurant, I was twelve. Coming out of eighties in Moscow, when the only people who went to handful of restaurants were foreign diplomats or KGB agents, I was excited and bewildered by everything from the friendly staff to the abnormally large plates of food.

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05 April, 2012
05 April, 2012

Georgians are a fickle people when it comes to love. They might love their president one day, and hate him another. They might hate their ministers when they are in power, and protest their dismissal. They might hate not being able to find a job, and complain about having to work later on. They might profess undying love to their lovers and forget all about them a week later. But one thing that no Georgian can be accused of is having a wavering feeling about Georgia itself. All Georgians love their country unconditionally. Well, almost all Georgians. 

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22 March, 2012
22 March, 2012

Last week I found myself in the offices of Parks and Recreation of the city of Atlanta. I had an appointment to see a Special events coordinator to walk through the proposed set up for the Georgian Cultural festival. When I finally got to see the coordinator, she was pleasant but slightly confused about why we, in the USA State of Georgia, needed a whole day Festival dedicated to the Southern style of living. When I explained that the Festival was for the Country of Georgia, the coordinator became visibly relieved and excited at the same time. Turns out she had heard of Georgian ‘cheese bread’ khachapuri, and couldn’t wait to actually taste it. 

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15 March, 2012
15 March, 2012

While the airwaves are filled with litany of bad news that can make even the most loyal humanist disheartened, good news are few and far in between. If you listen or watch any news channel you hear one disgusting story after another.

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15 March, 2012
15 March, 2012

46, 95% of votes in Moscow! Had the elections taken place only in the Russian capital, Putin would not have avoided the second round. But Moscow stands out like a white crow in the Russian political process of the latest several months. Mr. Putin’s overall result in Russia is 63, 6%, with some regions giving him impressive 90 to 100 percent support (for example, in the Republic of Chechnya current prime minister got 99, 76% of votes). 

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08 March, 2012
08 March, 2012

Another Super and I mean ‘Super’ in a way that would be uttered by a sarcastic teenage girl, Tuesday debate in the republican campaign for the White House has come and gone. The latest polls show that governor Mitt Romney is in the lead and is being closely followed by Rick Santorum, not so closely by Newt Gingrich and Ron Paul. The main two candidates, Romney and Santorum, are the most boring, luckless, two white males left in the US.  From listening to their speeches you’d think that neither of them has had any experience running a campaign. 

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23 February, 2012
23 February, 2012

This Monday I went to the meeting, organized by Russian NGO Grazhdanin Nabliudatel (Citizen Observer). Along with two other similar organizations, the Grazhdanin Nabliudatel provides supervision of elections in Russia.

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16 February, 2012
16 February, 2012

In my quest to socialize with like-minded people I have had to foray into many different social gatherings. Like the old saying goes, in order to find a prince one must kiss many frogs. I have never understood that concept when it was applied to dating, because after all one doesn’t need to kiss every frog that turns up to figure out that he is not the right kind of frog.

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09 February, 2012
09 February, 2012

Discussions on Georgian politics have been a favorite pastime for most of the Georgian population. No matter what side the would-be voters take, the arguments for and against the chosen favorites go from being polite to trenchant in matter of seconds. Most of the acquired rhetoric about who should be in charge of five million people is based on rumors and back alley innuendos while concrete information is dismissed as silly.

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02 February, 2012
02 February, 2012

Excerpt from E.A. Robinson’ s ‘Miniver Cheevy’:
'...Miniver loved the Medici,
Albeit he had never seen one;
He would have sinned incessantly
Could he have been one.

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02 February, 2012
02 February, 2012

Very soon a big and countrywide change will take place in Russia. In all bureaucrats’ offices current president Medvedev's portraits will be replaced by photographs of a newly-elected head of state. Fortunately for Russian officials, this shift is likely to require minimum of efforts. Functionaries of all ranks will just need to take from the cases slightly dusty portraits of   President Putin and hang them up in conspicuous places.

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19 January, 2012
19 January, 2012

Crowd is defined in Webster’s dictionary as - large number of people gathered together, typically in a disorganized or unruly way. Synonyms are horde, pack, mass, swarm and mob.

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