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Verbs Take a Holiday
November 01, 2013

Verbs Take a Holiday

By Mikhail Ivanov

A look at a four verbs that have had their meanings warped in recent years. Useful stuff to know so that you don't inadvertently order a hit when at the restaurant...

Oba-na, Snowden!
September 01, 2013

Oba-na, Snowden!

By Mikhail Ivanov

Edward Snowden's arrival in Russia was a cause of discomfort for its leaders, but it is a great pretext for considering all sorts of linguistic pearls related to spying and whistleblowing.

Prime Diminutives
July 01, 2013

Prime Diminutives

By Mikhail Ivanov

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said he doesn't mind being called "Dimon." Not very leader-like, says Survival Russian columnist Mikhail Ivanov.

Goats, Ribs and Suitcases
January 01, 2013

Goats, Ribs and Suitcases

By Mikhail Ivanov

The head of the CIA and the Russian Defense Minister both fell from grace within weeks of one another, and both because of infidelity scandals. Sounds like a good pretext for a column...

Just Between Us
May 01, 2012

Just Between Us

By Mikhail Ivanov

A consideration of less than politesse descriptions of the other sex - what men say about women and what women say about men, when they are each speaking to those of their own gender...

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