This morning I watched Uzbek municipal workers washing the Mokhovaya side of the Moscow Manege. What struck me about this was not the casual efficiency or bright orange jumpsuits (so reminiscent of chian gangs) but rather the fact that it was being washed after the big event.
A few days ago the former indoor riding academy hosted the IX Annual United Russia Party Congress. I wasn’t interested in the event – from what little I saw on television it was an internal matter… a question of getting everyone in the same room, I am sure Putin would say.
Defying conventional wisdom, a man without a party ticket is to be its leader and consequently head of the Cabinet. Nothing new there - Putin made things happen and they owe him big. And here I am remembering the heady days when Rahr would bet his orange pubes that Putin was Gazprom bound. The Germans say we have established an autocracy, possibly an enlightened one. I like that.
Anyway, it was all white blue and red, minus the flowers – they’ve been going out of fashion ever since the Red Chinese started inviting foreign journalists to their big red gathering.
Flower-covered podiums barely pass the mustard at UNDP meetings anymore. I say hold the course - have them dancing in our streets for a change.
On a lighter note, it seems they have deftly turned Solovyev's political call-in show to something of a late night headfuck... it now airs at 23:05 on a thursday , though all the usual suspects are still at it - only their doppelganger secundates have changed. I can imagine getting tanked up on beer one night and watching it with some buddies, though I hate that man for his general complicity in What's Wrong With This Country.
Its about time they steered him out of the mainstream. In a way having this sort of show on the sidelines is very democratic... malcontent hacks staying up late and all.
I did mention that this was to be on a brighter note: Adamov's case has finally been... closured. He came to court looking like a hitman in his weekend casuals. The political trash of a bygone age shouting at journalists like a party commando in October of '93. Something about the established court system... hard to believe the man was a nuclear minister and accomplished scientist, stock full of crazy knowledge. According to the Russian-language wiki, he is author of over 100 scientific works and inventions, though I don't see how you could count these together.
I have the feeling we should be grateful he was extradited here in the end, or we would have had a problem. Remember Berezovsky? He was deputy secretary of the Security Council and he's sleeping with the enemy. At least Adamov didn't claim that the proceedings were motivated by antisemitism.
As far as I could tell, he wasn't convicted - more proven guily and handed a suspended sentence. The case has been something of a glitch in the system since he was arrested. What was it that Lt. Commander Worf said about the Mobius? A rip in the fabric of space, where time becomes a loop... I suspect even the state prosecutors don't really know whats going on.
In any case, the truth is out there.
The Moscow Manege had its rafters filled half a meter deep with tobacco to protect against mice and insects back in the 19th century. During WWII it was all smoked up, but the saturated beams continued to smell of tobacco until the builing caught fire a few years ago.
Time Becomes, a track I once saw performed live by Orbital, samples Lt. Commander Worf of Star Trek fame. What he actually says is "There is the theory of the Möbius — a twist in the fabric of space where time becomes a loop." This track should not be confused with The Möbius, also by Orbital... remember Generation X?