A postcard from the unheated, unlighted "school" in Chechnya, courtesy of the Russian Kunstkamera blog (click through the link for many more photos of Chechen schools) by way of Global Voices. GV notes one Russian commenter on Kunstkamera states "So what? It’s okay. In Russia, almost any village school looks like this. There are places that are even worse. And there’s never been any war there." This is the classic neo-Soviet response, the attitude that destroyed the USSR, and it spells doom for Russia as well. A Chechen journalist and blogger responded: "but this doesn’t make it any less outrageous…"
Canada, based on images taken by the artist from the Internet
(click the image to view it full size).
From English Russia, a massive commercial vehicle driving at speed on a public highway in Russia without it's front wheel and . . .
. . . no, it's not a Mercedez, it's a Suzuki that's been pimped to look like a Mercedez, and it's not a one-off, but a going business in Russia these days, along with massive copyright and trademark fraud of every other describable kind. The saddest thing about these two photographs is not that they can be taken or what that says about the state of Russian society, but that if shown to a Russian they would produce laughter and enjoyment rather than concern for the nation's future. This explains why as many as 1 million Russians are lost from the population every year and why Russians labor for an average wage of $3 per hour.