Author Archives: Patty A. Gray

Russia opens a hospital to fight infections diseases in the Republic of Guinea

No comment, just translation (on sabbatical and too absorbed in writing to post to this blog); under the heading of Russia’s efforts in the realm of global health. 29 January 2015. In the framework of a memorandum of understanding between … Continue reading

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Russian-American Family Resemblance

Under the heading of etc.: I have often thought that, in spite of the ways that Russian and American politicians denigrate one another, they are remarkably alike – especially those on the socially conservative end of the spectrum. In both … Continue reading

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Yeah, Putin actually IS popular in Russia

Forbes contributor Mark Adomanis just wrote a refreshingly honest post about the fact that President Vladimir Putin’s polling numbers have not changed in the last 18 months – his popularity remains high, wavering around its current 65%. Yet, in spite … Continue reading

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Moscow Rises Again: A Lesson in Congenial, Middle Class Protest

The G20 finance ministers and central bankers had quite a show to kick off their meeting in Moscow this past week. After a hiatus of about a year, several thousand Muscovites – and Russians in several cities across Russia – … Continue reading

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Beijing, Briefly, Part II: What’s Russia Got To Do With It?

My second day in Beijing dawned overcast, and the skyscrapers that had been sparklingly visible from my hotel window on the previous, sunny day disappeared in a murky funk of smog. Fortunately this was the day I would spend entirely … Continue reading

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Beijing, Briefly, Part I: Being Beijing

I recently visited Beijing, my first-ever glimpse of China. It was a very brief glimpse – only two days; but it was an unplanned, spontaneous response to an invitation to come and make a presentation on Russia’s development cooperation at … Continue reading

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Moscow March of Millions Redux

Today in Moscow, and apparently in about 50 other locations across Russia, thousands of people marched in an anti-government demonstration called “The March of Millions”.  The exact number who turned out is unclear; as usual, the city police estimated a … Continue reading

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