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…with the help of some Tinkoff beer, that just because my co-worker/supervisor is insane and people on the metro at rush hour act like animals instead of human beings and the Russian government likes giving a hard time to people with business visas so we have to reregister our passports every time we re-enter the country which makes planning a simple weekend trip to Finland a pain in the ass, that humanity is not completely hopeless.

Oh yeah, and then there was a small bunch of elderly people standing outside of Gostiniy Dvor holding pro-Stalin signs. I mean, really. Could you imagine pro-Hitler signs in Germany? All y’all who think that everything changed in Russia after the fall of the USSR and that everyone was just waiting for Freedom(tm) and capitalism and Pizza Hut, well, the world’s a lot more complicated than that.

And then there are all those things that have a more indirect impact on me, like the fact that the US has an idiot warmonger president and that the environment is totally fucked and humanity has about 50 more years to live… better go get another beer, because I don’t feel like I can do a goddamn thing about it.

Sorry for the gloom but it’s just that sort of a day.

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I'm an American who started blogging when I moved to Russia in 2004. Eventually I moved to Sweden, where life is pleasant but uneventful, and stopped blogging for lack of interesting things to say. And then I joined Facebook, which further destroyed any motivation for blogging. Maybe someday I'll start blogging again, but for now, this blog is dormant, an archive of The Russia Years: 2004-2008.

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