Russian salad: Kohlrabi recipe

Is Kohlrabi a turnip or cabbage? If we understand, it is a German turnip of the cabbage family. If this understanding is wrong please correct us. You will love this unique taste as Russian Chef Oxana Perkova has captured a most simple preparation that explodes on the taste buds!

(photo: Oxana Perkova)
(photo: Oxana Perkova)

This looks complex but is amazingly simple and can be done quickly. Almost too few calories to count so it is great for heart, diabetic and other diets. Kohlrabi can be cooked but is delicious raw as it is here: Kohlrabi grated. Green apple and cucumber cut into strips. A few goat or other cheese cubes for flavour and presentation. Dressing: olive. oil, lime juice, Italian herbs. Sprinkle on a few sesame seeds and enjoy!

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Russian lesson: daiquiri

We made some of these yesterday at the office: дайкири (d-a-i-k-i-r-i), daiquiri. Say it like “die-keree” making sure to trill/roll the r.

strawberry дайкири

клубника is a great flavour, strawberry. клубника sounds like “klueb-neka” and make sure it has the “clue” sound at the beginning, not ‘club.’

We’ll end this lesson with the girl duo known as “Daiquiri” singing Papa (Dad).

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New charges against Alexei Navalny

We said earlier than this would happen and today the Moscow Times is reporting that Russia’s Investigative Committee has filed new criminal charges against opposition figure Alexei Navalny.

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(The Moscow Times)

Opposition leader Alexei Navalny said Tuesday that he had been served with new theft and money laundering charges, describing them as a part of an attempt to “terrorize” those who displease the Russian authorities.

Under the charges filed by the Investigative Committee, Alexei Navalny and his brother Oleg face up to ten  years in prison. In a separate case, a Russian court handed Navalny, 37, a suspended five-year sentence for theft last month.

“I understand the logic of the authorities. They try to show everyone that if you do something not quite as they want, then they will terrorize you,” he told Ekho Moskvy radio.

“It is absolute nonsense when the commercial activity that my brother led for more than three years without any complaints against him are suddenly announced to be fraud.”

Investigators accused the Navalny brothers of defrauding a Russian branch of French cosmetics firm Yves Rocher out of 26 million rubles ($814,600) and a cargo delivery firm, the Glavnoye Podpisnoye Agentstvo, out of 4 million rubles. The Russian arm of Yves Rocher was not immediately available for comment. Russia is a major market for the French company.

Forbes: Vladimir Putin is the most powerful person

If your name was Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, then you woke up yesterday to the news that you were the most powerful person in the world. At least according to the folks at Forbes magazine.

Putin staircase

According to Forbes, Mr. Putin had to shove US President Barack Hussein Obama off the top spot. We would question that assumption as the clown of diplomacy, the laughingstock in the White House, the man who knows nothing about anything in his administration, just ask him, simply could not have been the most powerful person in the world last year. Impossible.

For sake of argument we don’t find Forbes that reliable on such judgments and frankly, when you look around the room at a G8 or G20 Summit, the obvious choice is the man who owns America’s soul (insert a name here for whoever happens to be the Chinese head of state at the time), for it will be that person who will someday come to collect on US debts. That would be a frightening thought if Americans had the ability to think. No worries, given their collective character he will catch them by surprise.

Chinese head of State Xi Jinping with Vladimir Putin.
Chinese head of State Xi Jinping with Vladimir Putin.

One could argue that given Russia’s cautious friendship with China and with the Russian accomplishments on world diplomacy that it is understandable that Forbes named Mr. Putin. We live in a time of “highlight reel” reality. We celebrate the latest highlight reel, never considering what it took to get there, and instead we focus on whoever can send a thrill up our leg at the time (thank you Chris Matthews).

In this highlight reel world one can see how Mr. Putin and his almost too easy manipulation of the “red line” drawn by the clown of the Potomac might lead some to believe the Russian President to perhaps deserve such a title. But the Syria game isn’t over and neither is Iran so unless the Forbes editors wish to careen down the same reckless path as the now worthless Nobel Committee, naming someone before they’re accomplished something really is a thing to be avoided.

Mr. Putin is powerful to be certain, but no, Vladimir Putin is not the most powerful man in the world. He is a lot smarter than the pathetic pretender Forbes had chosen last year, but if Forbes can’t get this right, then maybe we at the Mendeleyev Journal will be forced to take over naming who is qualified for such designations.

IAF jets destroy weapons shipment from Syria to Hezbollah

From the Jerusalem Post 

By YASSER OKBI, THE POST CORRESPONDENT, , JPOST.
10/23/2013 09:41

Israeli warplanes on Tuesday destroyed a shipment of missiles that were to be delivered to Hezbollah near the Lebanese-Syrian frontier, according to the Kuwait newspaper Al-Jarida.

The paper’s story, which quotes a senior Israeli official, has not been confirmed by any other news source. There was also no word on whether the attack took place on Lebanese or Syrian soil.

Israel has reportedly launched at least three attacks against convoys that were said to be delivering arms to the south Lebanon-based Shi’ite organization.

The Kuwaiti daily also reported last Friday that Israel has information on the location of long-range missiles transferred from Syria to Hezbollah in Lebanon and is considering taking military action to destroy the weapons.

The paper, quoting an Israeli security source close to Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, reported that the remote-operated missiles, with a range of 1,500 kilometers.

Read the entire article at the Jerusalem Post.

Navalny’s prison sentence suspended

(Moscow Times.) A Kirov court Wednesday issued suspended sentences to opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his business partner Pyotr Ofitserov, in a move some analysts say is a sign the Kremlin does not want to risk a new wave of protests ahead of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Navalny with his wife Yulia at a political rally last year.
Navalny with his wife Yulia at a political rally last year.

On Wednesday, the Kirov Region Court in central Russia overturned the July 18 verdict issued by the Leninsky District Court of Kirov, which sentenced Navalny and Ofitserov to five and four years in prison, respectively, for allegedly stealing $500,000 worth of timber from state-owned company KirovLes in 2009.

The court replaced the sentences with suspended ones and ordered Navalny and Ofitserov not to change their places of residence and to register with police twice a month. A minor violation will see the court reinstate their original prison sentences.

Defense lawyers said they would appeal the verdict.

While the latest ruling was seen by some as a minor victory for Navalny, as it kept him out of prison, others said it had more to do with the Kremlin trying to avoid exacerbating relations with the West than with Navalny’s popularity in recent Moscow mayoral elections.

Read the entire article at the Moscow Times.

Supermarkets in Russia

Our friends Sergei and Sergei from REAL RUSSIA have produced an excellent video to allow viewers to tour a modern supermarket in the city of Ufa, Russia.

Since the mid 2000s a number of large supermarket chains from Western Europe have entered the Russian marketplace.

supermarket okey mkt b

supermarket okey mkt

supermarket Tikhiy Don a

Here is a tour of a big box supermarkets named О’Кей, or “Okey.”