Russian Politics

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2014

    Right Wing Valentine to Vlad

    The Conservatives recent love affair with Russia's Vladimir Putin is a mysterious contagion from a fever swamp; an odd combination of My Funny Valentine and Jungle Fever, rebranded as To Russia, With Love. It's an odd reversal of the McCarthy era, sixty years later. Sarah Palin seems deeply enamor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2013

    Bloodhound Gang vs. Russia: No Contest, Comrade Putin

    It's not quite the Cold War, but the current relationship between the U.S. and Russia is especially frosty these days. From Syria to Snowden, we can't seem to see eye to eye across the globe, or even the Bering Strait, as Vladimir Putin's return to the presidency seems like regression to authorita ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    You Don't Mess with Texans, but You Don't Mess with Chechens Ten Times As Much

    Simon Hanukaev's family has lived along the western shore of the Caspian Sea for generations. Settled near the city of Derbent, a southern city in the Russian republic of Dagestan, Hanukaev's predecessors lived through khanates and tsars, under Bolshevik revolution and Stalinist resettlement. His pa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2013

    Vladimir Putin's Boyz II Men Sex Plan Is Phenomenal

    It seems that Russian president Vladimir Putin has finally figured out what every middle-school boy has known since the '90's: if you play Boyz II Men for your date, it all but guarantees that her clothes are comin' off. In a bid to astronomically increase the Russian birth rate, president Putin ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2012

    Alexander Fishenko: Houston Company Schemed To Get High-Tech Hardware To Russian Military & Spies, Feds Say

    Did you feel a chilling breeze of Cold War nostalgia wafting though Houston today? Yeah, neither did we. But we could have, because the elements were present as U.S. Department of Justice officials here and in New York announced they'd busted a major ring credited with supplying secret high-tech h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 15, 2012

    Music World Stands Up for Embattled Russian Punks Pussy Riot

    Above: A burka-clad Madonna talks about Pussy Riot to her Moscow audience Rewind: Vladimir Putin: No Pussy Riot on His Watch Free speech is a valued thing in this country. It's why journalists, writers, musicians and artists exist and are able to do what they do. However, in Russia, it seems to be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2012

    Vladimir Putin: No Pussy Riot On His Watch

    Above: Video of the performance that got three Moscow punk rockers arrested If he were still alive, Frank Zappa would have a field day with this one. Just when we thought the Montgomery County sheriff's department was setting the standard for dodgy tactics and thought control with Friday's suspici ... More >>

  • Music

    June 7, 2012

    Satin Doll

    Third Ward singer Jewel Brown once worked for both Louis Armstrong and Jack Ruby.

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2007
  • News

    November 22, 2001

    Golden Oldies

    How many times can the Chronicle write the "How to be a Texan" story?

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000

    Best Museum Gift Shop

    Houston Museum of Natural Science

  • News

    August 17, 2000

    The Russians Are Melting

    You want oligarchs? We got oligarchs!

  • Calendar

    April 13, 2000

    Gold Russian

    Kremlin Gold