Here, anybodycan outplay you…

Here, anybody can outplay you…   Ivana: Do you know how we keep warm in Russia? Austin: I can guess, baby. Ivana: We play chess. Austin: I guessed wrong. (From Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me)   Like just about everywhere else in the world, Russian people love football. But nobody loves chess the way Russians do. Almost…

The supermarket challenge

The supermarket challenge Political analysts, sociologists, and economists have spent countless hours arguing about what caused the collapse of the Soviet Union. But if we had to sum things up in one word, it would definitely be “deficit.” This isn’t a reference to an abstract concept like freedom, but about empty shelves in the country’s…