I still need to put my list of links to “Things I Like About Russia” on this blog, and I’ll do it soon, I promise.

This outrageous story I saw on BitchPhD reminded me of one of the things I really like about Russia: a lot of medication that is prescription-only in the U.S. (and most certainly in heavily-regulated Sweden where you can’t even buy aspirin outside of the state pharmacy monopoly) can be purchased over-the-counter in Russian pharmacies. From a public health perspective this is probably a really bad idea, but for the individual who feels competent enough to do her own research about medication, it is extremely convenient.

By the way, today is the five-year anniversary of the first time I set foot in Russia.