A “proud student borrower” writes me. Needs to withhold opinions until she is in repayment

Every once in a while, I’ll get an e-mail such as the one below: Hi. My name is [redacted]. I am a junior, attending [redacted]. I just want to write to challenge you about the misinformation you are spreading about the student loan industry. Without the student loan industry, I would not be in collegeContinue reading “A “proud student borrower” writes me. Needs to withhold opinions until she is in repayment”

Money quote from Russian sociologist Olga Kryshtanovskaya

“We can’t live according to the principle that ‘money decides everything.’ We tried. We are at a dead end now. We need lofty ideals.” From a new interview just published by Novaya Gazeta. In the interview, Kryshtanovskaya warns about a possible revolution – should enough members of the elite and enough poor people join Russia’sContinue reading “Money quote from Russian sociologist Olga Kryshtanovskaya”

Weekly writing round-up, featuring Pussy Riot, horror and my favorite bad joke in Russian

“Abandon hope all ye who enter here.” You know what pisses me off the most about the courts? It’s the denial that surrounds them. President PM Medvedev can do a serious interview with a serious UK publication, and wave off all concerns about Pussy Riot by pointing out that the court should decide. This isContinue reading “Weekly writing round-up, featuring Pussy Riot, horror and my favorite bad joke in Russian”

Irresolution

If I could pick one word to describe Russia today it would be “uncertain.” Doesn’t strike you as the right kind of word at first, does it? What is this? “An uncertain Russia”? How can a country be uncertain? And yet uncertainty is the biggest governing force both in Russia’s daily life and the moreContinue reading “Irresolution”

Lev helped me report on today’s protest rally in downtown Moscow

The Left Front is too far… left to his taste. He did mention the need for rule of law, and expressed his disappointment with the fact that the Investigative Committee was actively denying the fact that lawyers were at first barred from entering the apartments of opposition figures as they were being searched yesterday. Finally,Continue reading “Lev helped me report on today’s protest rally in downtown Moscow”