The C word

Discussing corruption in Russia isn’t as difficult or as taboo as one might think. In fact, people are pretty open about it. A theme that spans so many areas of life in Russia today, it is one that seems to be accepted, or at least tolerated, as part and parcel of living here. Continue reading “The C word”

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Why does no one want to talk politics..?

It seems like no one wants to talk politics here. Okay, not no one, but, often, if I try to instigate a conversation that involves politics, or make a comment deploring the current rise of the right-wing across the Western world, people will proactively suggest “let’s not talk about politics”. When figuring out which topics appeal to my tutees, a reply that I have had on more than one occasion is “anything but politics”, as they crinkle their noses at this, a most dull and uninspiring subject. Continue reading “Why does no one want to talk politics..?”