With the G-8 summit approaching, Russia is trying to crack down on one of the problems that’s keeping it out of the World Trade Organization: pirated electronic media. So the shelves in some of our DVD shops are looking as bare as the wine aisle at the supermarket.

And in principle, I think this is the right thing to do, but I have been spoiled by having a wide selection of 100-ruble ($4.50) DVDs. Considering that Kostia’s and my favorite way to spend an evening is to get a bottle of wine and a DVD, our lifestyle has been seriously cramped by Russia’s recent attempts to stamp out counterfeit products.