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Kiselyov on the Wildfires

Dissident pundit-in-chief Yevgeny Kiselyov, writing in the Moscow Times:

Yevgeny Kiselyov

Despite the cheery promises of the authorities, it seems that the wildfires that have caused a real environmental catastrophe will not end for at least another three weeks — that is if you believe the U.S. State Department’s warning to Americans to think twice about traveling to Russia before Sept. 5. Perhaps the warning stems from the fact that the State Department — in contrast to senior Russian officials like chief public doctor Gennady Onishchenko and members of the state meteorological service — is accustomed to behaving more responsibly toward citizens.

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Kiselyov on Russia’s History Fascism

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Russian pundit Yevgeny Kiselyov, writing in the Moscow Times:

I would be fascinated to know if Westerners can fully appreciate the political significance behind President Dmitry Medvedev’s decision to create a special commission “for counteracting attempts to falsify history to the detriment of Russia’s interests.” Most foreigners would probably say, “This is very strange. Doesn’t Russia have more pressing problems it needs to tackle, such as the managing the crisis, modernizing the country’s political and economic institutions or battling corruption?”

Had the year been 1950, when the Soviet Union was making colossal efforts to recover from the aftermath of World War II, foreigners would have been equally perplexed that Josef Stalin chose that moment to initiate a huge public debate on the Marxist approach to linguistics.

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The More things Change in Russia, the more they Don’t

Uber-pundit Yevgeny Kiselyov, writing in the Moscow Times on the frightening consistency of Russian history:

Wednesday was the 200th anniversary of Nikolai Gogol’s birth. One hundred fifty-seven years have passed since his death. Yet at times, it seems that there is no author in Russian who is more modern than Gogol. This is not because Gogol’s works are timeless. It is because Russia has not changed. The same foolish customs Gogol poked fun at then are still with us now. As he wrote in the last lines of the first volume of his book “Dead Souls,” Russia is heading somewhere, but nobody knows where, and is “overtaking the whole world, and shall one day force all nations, all empires to stand aside, to give you way!”

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Kiselyov on Obama

Russian pundit Yevgeny Kiselyov, writing in the Moscow Times:

The election of the 44th U.S. president elicited an unusually large amount of interest from the Russian people from the very beginning of the campaign two years ago.

These were, after all, extraordinary elections. For the first time in U.S. history, either a woman or an African American stood a real chance of becoming president. Election day television coverage showed lines of voters stretching for whole city blocks as people waited to cast their ballots. These scenes were repeated over and over across the United States.

Still, in Russia, there seemed to be an excessive number of television reports, newspaper and magazine articles, and passionate discussions on Internet forums and blogs — all concerning whether presidential candidate Barack Obama or John McCain would be better for Russia.

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