Industrial policy, back then

Commuting on Moscow’s metro can be so educative. This morning I stumbled into into a retro-style wagon honouring the Red Flash. The Red Flash was the back then young Soviet union’s first and thus prestigious bullet speed train connecting two capitals, Leningrad (aka St. Petersburg, the former capital during prerevolutionary times), and Moscow (the incumbent […]... Read More

Them v us

Another advertisement poster from Moscow’s e-government promotion campaign. It reads “you are many [customers]- [but] I am alone on myself”; this crying refers to a common excuse by fron-line public servants for delay in service delivery. The poster further reads “you won’t hear these excuses on”, the city’s e-government platform.... Read More

12m v 4m

German federal government sponsors the questionable rebuilding of a military church in Potsdam’s city center with 12m euros. Simultaneously the same city’s local government fails to get a 4m federal funding for a dozen of social projects, including three community centers. 12m v 4m. Potsdam is among the most beautiful cities in Germany; beyond or […]... Read More
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The curbstone ghost

In August strange things started to happen in Moscow. Kilometres of curbstones were removed in all parts of the city leaving behind remarkable gaps in public sidewalks. After some time it became obvious to newbies like me that there was some bigger behind these activities. After some weeks bunches of new curbstones pilled up all […]... Read More