Didn't blog about it at the time, but just a bit more than a week ago, Putin formally signed Russia's new immigration law easing citizenship requirements for Belarus, Ukraine, Moldova, and Kazakhstan nationals (something that I long advocated). It's not an open borders project (the kneejerk hysterics of a few anti-Putin Russian nationalists aside). It's... Read More
Here's a map of how Russian citizens abroad voted. (Blue = yes; red = no; via @14ws) As with most expats, Russians abroad skew younger and more liberal, hence the orange/red throughout the West as well as China (e.g. expat heavy/more lib Shanghai expats vote NO, while more diplomat-dominated & vatnik Beijing and Harbin voted... Read More
So the Russians have become the "state-forming people" of the Russian Federation following the completely unsurprising victory of YES. Putin also gets the option of running for two more 6 year terms come 2024. It also happens to be the case that this is very likely the most falsified election/referendum in modern Russian history, though... Read More
I am a very big supporter of PUTLER's powerful amendments to the Russian Constitution, and have vigorously shilled for them to my Russian followers. That said, in demographic terms, I am an exception. As a young(ish), university educated, self employed (sort of) person, I am in a decided minority amongst my "peer" group, if not... Read More
As of today, voting has started on the Putin amendments to the 1993 Russian Constitution, which was imposed on us under tank barrels and sponsored by the US State Department. As a result of the coronavirus, the voting will run from June 25 to July 1, with people being given the chance to vote from... Read More
Russia's Constitutional reforms, which I have been actively covering on this blog, took yet another turn for the unexpected yesterday. Now my initial take had been that Putin, probably tired of 20 years at the helm*, was moving to "institutionalize" Putinism by doing things like forbidding future Presidents and senior officials from having foreign citizenships,... Read More
It was always a longshot. But the Russians who believed that ethnic Russians should have some official status within their putative country persevered. The Russians who believed that Russians, who constitute 85% of Russia's citizens, are not inferior to and do not deserve any less than Jews, who proclaim Israel to be the Jewish State... Read More
I am a blogger, thinker, and businessman in the SF Bay Area. I’m originally from Russia, spent many years in Britain, and studied at U.C. Berkeley.
One of my tenets is that ideologies tend to suck. As such, I hesitate about attaching labels to myself. That said, if it’s really necessary, I suppose “liberal-conservative neoreactionary” would be close enough.
Though I consider myself part of the Orthodox Church, my philosophy and spiritual views are more influenced by digital physics, Gnosticism, and Russian cosmism than anything specifically Judeo-Christian.