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A parrot in Putin’s Russia

Ivan rushed into the police station and gasped, “I want to report my parrot has escaped.” “We’ve more important things to do than look for your parrot!” laughed the policeman. “I’m not expecting you to find him. I just want … Continue reading


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Book Review: G D Abson ~ Black Wolf (2019)

Thrillers should thrill. Novels set in Russia/Soviet Union are a familiar sight on book shelves and there are some outstanding examples. Abson is competing with Tom Rob Smith’s Child 44; Martin Cruz Smith’s Wolves eat Dogs; and Lionel Davidson’s Kolyma … Continue reading

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Russian police for hire

…in modern Russia it is sometimes difficult even to know if you are working for the gangsters. The assassination of organised-crime boss Vasily Naumov in 1997 came as a particular embarrassment to the St Petersburg police when it emerged that … Continue reading

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