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Vodka and caviar in Russia: Three caviar varieties, three kinds of vodka

Vodka and caviar in Russia

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Vodka and caviar in Russia Russian oligarchs suck billions of dollars from the national economy but leave lavish scraps to tease big bucks from…

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Street crime in St. Petersburg, Russia

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Prowling and preying with impunity, the pickpocket pair cared little about hiding their business. Yet none of the mighty swirling masses intent on going…

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Russian gas-guzzler scam #3

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Unlike the Russian gas scams in my previous two posts, this one is recent, perpetrated by Russians in America. They’d steal a car—say, a…

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Russian gas scam #2

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Around the same time as Russian Gas Scam #1, a resident in one of those gigantic apartment buildings—I’ll call him Boris—found a way to…

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Russian gas scam #1

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In 50s Russia, men used to go through the enormous apartment buildings, knocking on thousands of apartment doors. They claimed to be from the…

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How pickpockets use razor blades

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A Close Shave, or, Honey, There’s a Hole in my Handbag Archil Zantaradze keeps a razor blade in his mouth the way someone else…

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Promised pictures of thiefhunting in Russia

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Were you waiting with bated breath for the promised pictures of the Russian ice cream seller and the stolen credit cards she retrieved from…

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Bolshoi Bandits: more pickpockets in Russia

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The Bolshoi Bandits and the Crosswalk Czar In which Bob Arno and his fancy accessory spy on the Russians. St. Petersburg, Russia— I was…

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Russian Rip-off: pickpockets and thugs, part 5 of 5

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Pickpockets in St. Petersburg St. Petersburg, a few weeks later—We loaded ourselves with video equipment this time, and headed straight for the Metro corner….

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Russian Rip-off: pickpockets and thugs, part 4 of 5

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St. Petersburg— “They think I robbed you,” he said. By then it must have been obvious to the cops that we were not Mohammed’s…

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Russian Rip-off: pickpockets and thugs, part 3 of 5

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St. Petersburg—Pseudo-cops!” we thought: bandits who pretend to be police. We’re about to be robbed! At the same time, I thought: no, we’re about…

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St. Petersburg pickpockets

Russian Rip-off: St. Petersburg pickpockets and thugs, part 2 of 5 (video)

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St. Petersburg pickpockets St. Petersburg—we were surrounded by five hostile faces. Shaking inside, we stood firm until the men stalked off. Bob and I…

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Russian Rip-off: pickpockets and thugs

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St. Petersburg— The beefiest of the five Mongolian thugs shoved his fist in front of Bob’s face, thrust forward his chin, and stared. Bob…

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