Tuesday, November 30, 2010


I would not report exactly what was disclosed by the Wikileaks few days ago about many important people in trhe world. I would not say here that Medvedev is considered as useless, Poutine as a dominant male and Russia as a mafia-ruled state by the US diplomats. I would like to share with you that clouding done by Fast Company. The bigger the word, the more repeated in the messages that were discovered. I was quite surprised to see Russia in a second position, even without cold war or evident threats. For sure, Russia is still a big topic for Americans.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Synchronized Swimming

Silence for the Kids

This place, Mayakovskaya, is famous to receive any type of manifestation. Of course, under high control from the police. Anyway, each time, a movement or an association wants to shout something to the government, everything is organized to let them do it in that place of 50m2. But since few months, a fence blocks the access to that place, officially for reperation but the antis are talking about a conspiracy to shut the mouths and live a peaceful end of the year. Just to make it nice, the Moscow city put on the fence some photos for a kids' association, just to make them swallow the bitter pill in a friendly way.

(Photos: Dirrty Franck, power to the kids)

Friday, November 26, 2010

Reading the Future

While the iPad was launched few weeks ago only, Russian people did not wait for Steve to start using digital reading devices. I remember my first post of this blog, highlighting the fact that people in Moscow were handling books a lot in transport. Few years have passed and they obviously took the trend on their side. But using some other devices then the worldwide blockbusters (iPad, Kindle, Samsung). You can see mainly some chinese or asian brands delivering a black/white/grey blurry enjoyable reading experience. Nevertheless, reading stays the great escape the gloomy environment over here

(Photos: Dirrty Frank, fully Mac equiped)

Monday, November 22, 2010

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Moscovite Diversity

Nobody would be surprised that the last census showed that 12% of Russians consider themselves as Muslims. In a country with so many cultures, so many origins and so many people, that's a normal fact. The big thing is that we don't give to the people the necessary places to follow their faith or at least to be in peace with their beliefs. You would argue that Kazan reveals one of the most beautiful mosque in Eastern Europe and that Russia built a brand new one near Prospekt Mira. But as usual in Russia, does it sound like enough to integrate those people into the society? What do you think conservative Russian people would think seeing those pictures on the web? And, of course, what would be their reaction, seeing that and relating them to the numerous bomb attacks in the country? I'm not saying Europe is doing better but there is a big room for improvement to ease integration and avoid racism/xenophobia which are still very strong here.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Thursday, November 18, 2010

La Voix de son Maître

Un des gros buzz du moment: Poutine a reçu un chien en cadeau. On le savait déjà amoureux des animaux mais là, les sources officielles ont confirmé 'qu'il avait embrassé le chien quand on lui a offert. Certains journalistes présents ont même affirmé qu'ils l'avaient embrassé deux fois'. Sur Internet, les bloggers s'entre-tuent pour donner un nom au pauvre chien qui devra vivre avec Connie, le labrador officiel du Premier Ministre.
Je vous promets d'avoir des infos plus importantes dans mon prochain post.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Definitely on the Go

Bloody hell, where are the shitty kiosks where we were buying our warm beers at 4am or our outdated kebab after a long working day. If somebody knows where they disappeared, please mention it in the comments. Hundreds of them disappeared in the center of the city in the last few days. I'm really worried...

(Photo: Dirrty Frank. Who made that decision? The new ghost mayor?)

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Flower Power

I've never seen a country with so many florists than Moscow - even Paris is not at that level. I can't explain the success of it apart of the intent from Russian people to put romantism at the core of their life. It's not rare to see people with flowers at the train station, at the restaurant for friends or beloved, for birthdays, for colleagues...
Well, there is always a limit. How many guys I've seen in the metro, dead drunk, falling asleep or ready to bring up, obviously late to get to home, with a ridiculous rose that would help them to get forgiveness from their wives. Romantism is where you want to find it.

(Photos: Dirrty Frank, always a rose crossing his smile)

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Voyage Russie Guide de voyage Moscou