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Mar. 14th, 2015 09:44 pm
taelle: (Leningrad)
I wonder what's happening with our political power. But only sort of dimly wondering, not believing in much good.

Though they let Svetlana Davydova go; that's good.

But it feels like some sort of spring madness. Nothing is real.

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Jan. 11th, 2013 12:25 pm
taelle: (Leningrad)
 *staring at the news* Hel-lo, USSR, I haven't missed you at all. Punishment for people who don't live where they're registered? Why not take away our passports at all, so that we'd stay put.

No words

Dec. 10th, 2012 10:05 pm
taelle: (Default)
Good god, news on the main TV channel actually said something to the effect of 'How dare you say use Magnitsky as a pretext when the whole world knows just who Assange is hiding from'.

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Jul. 16th, 2012 07:43 pm
taelle: (Default)
Russian coverage of foreign cultural/social news is so depressing, and mostly directed at ridiculing human rights movement, tolerance, LGBT acceptance etc. I never trust anything Russian mass media says and try to find English-language sources, but...

Basically, everyone and their aunt reposted that the Amsterdam city court forbid the Russian children's movie Guest from the Future on the whole territory of Netherlands after the petition of Human Rights Watch, because the movie promotes LGBT intolerance. This all sounds fairly absurd, but I can't google up a single non-Russian mention of _anything_ connected with Russian movies and Amsterdam and Human Rights Watch... Grrr. Maybe I am missing some trace.

UPD: Ah, this is just plain fake news - very much in the current trend though, judging by the comments of people indignantly reposting it.

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Jun. 13th, 2012 10:10 pm
taelle: (books)
In a Guardian article totally not related to Russia I saw a comparison that amused me to no end: "as democratic as a president Putin election victory". Putin has the nicest reputation all over the world.

*listening to the news some more* Migrant workers stole a wing of a crashed fighter jet. Which crashed three years ago. And lay unguarded on a military base. So now of course everyone's off to prosecute them for stealing such valuable stuff. I dunno, if it's so valuable, why not prosecute people who left it there for three years looking like stuff to be sold as metal scrap?

Also, are we going to war with Poland over football? Listening to the news you'd think we are... I hope not.

Also, I bought the collection of mystery and horror stories edited by Sayers on a library sale.

However, I am feeling musty, forgetful and brainless. Hope I'm not going to get a cold.

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Mar. 5th, 2012 12:54 am
taelle: (Default)
Looks like there'll be no second round, of course.

Communists are second, and Prokhorov, third. Which sounds about right.

The only thing left to want is that the protests and the desire to change something won't totally die out.

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Mar. 4th, 2012 08:57 pm
taelle: (Default)
So, elections.

Went to vote. Our voting station has a webcam - my sister says she saw me voting - and a transparent ballot box.

I wonder what the results will show and whether Putin will allow himself to need a second round of voting. Probably not, but I'd like to see that - don't know why, since it's no bloody use anyway, but I'd still like to see a second round.

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Feb. 28th, 2012 01:05 am
taelle: (rain)
So, TV channel 1 tells us that anyone who doesn't believe in Putin assassination attempt is mentally ill. Why, hello, Soviet punitive psychiatry, is that you peeking from behind the corner?

I am so tired of this all. I did not want to vote for Prokhorov but maybe I will. At least he has an intelligent sister. And it'd be interesting to see just how many votes he will be allowed to get.

In less depressing news, I have a shoe urge. I feel like this year I need to buy autumn boots, walking shoes and dressy sandals... and maybe something like mary janes too. I always wanted to.

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Feb. 10th, 2012 10:01 pm
taelle: (Default)
So, our municipal council did approve that Church-inspired amendment about prohibition of LGBT propaganda. ... You know, I am proud that my representative voted against it. That's what elections are for, aren't they?

... and I keep thinking about the March presidential elections, how the bulletin won't have any single person I could in good conscience vote for.

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Feb. 3rd, 2012 08:50 am
taelle: (Rylance Prospero)
Sometimes I feel like our country is a distorted mirror of everything that goes in the rest of the world. From a leading candidate in the elections who says that elections are dirty and unpleasant and he's not going to campaign because he has work to do, to professional psychologists who don't know the difference between sex and gender.

Also, a very typical thing: a Russian blogger asking her readers to go sign the petition against ACTA says something along the lines of "of course such things are useless and we are just lemmings who can't do anything, but this time even big players like Google are against this thing, so maybe it makes sense to try and stop it".

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Jan. 24th, 2012 03:15 am
taelle: (sad)
So, I did give myself a day off today. Though I slept half of that day, and, as such things tend to go, had a headache for most of the rest of the day. Did not do much - though went out to shop, and enjoy the prettiness of winter city. No overabundance of snow this winter, just crisp whiteness and frosty air and watercolour-like evening sky. I like evenings like that, even though were I to go farther than the shop at the other end of the block, my nose would probably start to object (it's 11 below zero).

In less than enjoyable news, looks like Yavlinsky wouldn't be admitted as a candidate for the presidential elections - he did bring the required two million signatures, but they're all set to find a lot of those irregular and unsuitable for admittance. Not that I didn't expect it - I think Yavlinsky himself must have expected it too... And not that I believed even for a moment that he'd gather much vote if he were a candidate. I just wanted the option of voting for someone I can respect and not inventing new and interesting ways to say "Go to hell everyone" with my voting bulletin.

Other things-to-do-on-your-day-off included continuing my reread of Bulgakov's Master and Margarita - still a very fun read, for all that I was never fond of the Jerusalem chapters - and planning a doll wardrobe (no, I can't sew, but I do sew anyway. Sometimes. Dolls, luckily, can't object). Oh, and I am still watching Seirei no Moribito and enjoying both life details and philosophical moments.
taelle: (city)
... I still can't decide why these particular elections brought out such a rage about cheating. I mean, even before elections nobody I know ever doubted that there'd be cheating. Was it because it was done so blatantly?

(a slogan from the Moscow protest rally: "I did not vote for these bastards. I voted for the other bastards. Recount the votes!" I like it. Besides being funny, I like it because there is a tendency in our society to say "The opposition isn't lily-white so we won't vote for it")

Also, I already see some people complaining that the government cheated the protesters - that everyone got so happy that the protests were peaceful that people don't pay attention to the fact that they brought no results; that the government got clever and realized that the best way to deal with the protests is to pay no attention. ... me, I think those are fine results. The government getting clever? Fine! I can take them not arresting and beating people, go on being clever, please! And also, peaceful protests involving people of all generations and political beliefs? I think it's a splendid beginning. I think we ought to start somewhere and this may be it.

Of course, it all depends on where we go after this, but it remains to be seen.

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Dec. 6th, 2011 01:18 pm
taelle: (Default)
I guess LJ working ... unevenly is a sign of our elections stuff still going on. *is worried for people at the protest meetings. And for Navalny*

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Dec. 5th, 2011 07:08 pm
taelle: (Default)
I don't know why we had those elections yesterday. It looks like they could have just announced in the morning that EdRo got 58%, Communists around 20% and Yabloko did not pass the barrier to get into Duma, and be done with it. Of course it was nice to see activity from people who normally ignore the elections, but it all came to nothing. I hoped Yabloko would at least get into Duma, but as soon as they started counting the votes, all parties' results kept changing, and Yabloko just stuck at 2.6 per cent... and, I suppose, now everyone will say "See, we told you it's no use trying to change anything", and that will be the end of it, with Communists as pocket opposition.

I am tired of it all.

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Nov. 17th, 2011 09:08 pm
taelle: (rain)
And now they are thinking of a Federal-level law for this stupidity of ours. And I'm not even surprised, but I keep being surprised by homophobia on the fandom level (from an anon meme type thingy: "I am annoyed at people rallying against this law. Come on, people, do you really think that propaganda of homosexuality is normal?")

... in possibly cheerier matters, mail finally delivered me some fannish goodies. And I might be drifting towards Yuletide after all.

Oh hell

Nov. 16th, 2011 09:26 pm
taelle: (Default)
So our city now has a new local law, prohibiting the promotion of homosexuality, lesbianism, bisexuality and transgenderism among thos under age. No, they're not clarifying what they mean by promotion, they just set up fines for that. And some local lawgivers are worried that it's not enough, that everyone knows rainbow is an international LGBT symbol and we have drugstores and kindergartens and whatnot named Rainbow, and a banner with the rainbow and Peter the Great is carried during the Day of the City.

And we're the cultural capital of this country. Dammit.

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Sep. 24th, 2011 08:33 pm
taelle: (Default)
Looks like we'll be stuck with Putin and Medvedev forever, only changing their positions every N years. ... not that I doubted it. Not that I can do anything about it. Oh well, I guess I don't need to bother to vote. (actually I'm kind of glad I did not vote in the last election - I'm glad we got rid of our darling governor, but since that took electing her to Federation Council... no-no-no. They can do their 'election' by themselves).

And I am still stuck with coughing. I'm so tired of it that I started going out when I need it, even though cold air makes me cough more. Also, trying to write, and failing in quality. Also, I was way too social yesterday, and now I have a headache (though this might be from drinking.

Big bane of my existence: why doesn't McDonalds do delivery?

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