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Yevgeniy Primakov, Who?
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A State Secrect: Women's Ages
Russians Blew up the US Embassy!
It's Dacha Time Again
I Love Me a Starlite Diner
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Russian Music Rocks
Bye Bye Fast Food
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Addicts Are Addictive
Racism in Russia Too
An Education in Russian Politics
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Making Bliny
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Those Crazy Russians
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Iron Felix
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Ice Cream in Winter
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The Adventures of Flat Jon
Ice Fishing in Sibera
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Lenin is Alive
Every Thing is Leaking
New Russians
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Corruption is Endemic
The Joe-Cool Moscow Crew
Taxes Will Find You
I'm Driven Mad
Holidays Last and Last
It's All About Location
Taxies Take You Everywhere
Russian Religion Re-emerges


Russia, June 14, 1999

Internet Cafes Are Everywhere

Those bits and bytes are everywhere!

Today I am in Toglatti, Russia's version of Detroit, where the AvtoVaz factory produces over 50% of the cars sold in Russia. Tomorrow I am to leave for the birthplace of Lenin, Olyanysk, but I am a little sad.

The only way to surf in RussiaAfter searching for the last few days, in a number of cities along the Volga, I've finally found an Internet access point where I can surf at the speed I am accustomed to: fast.

How most Russians surf

Actually, I should just be thankful I can access the net at all. Russia didn't have many computers and no Internet a few years ago. The technology has dispersed throughout this part of the country pretty fast and with decent results.

Ok, so the connections are usually numbingly slow, nothing close to the 55k/cable modems I've heard about in the states, and the computers are not always modern, I saw a IBM 286 (remember those?) chugging away at email the other day, but at least there is an internet here.

It may not be for long though. The Russian FSB (the domestic successor to the KGB), is starting to enforce a law where internet service providers have to give the FSB unlimited access to all emails and websites going in and out of each server, and more harmfully, the ISP's are required to supply the computers and the training for the FSB to do so!

Until that day, I'm gonna be happy with the odd setups I find on my way, like this spot. Two computers sitting at the bottom of a stairwell in a Russian "mall", available for $2 an hour. Great price for the speed!

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i totally agree with your point of view. in my recent trips to Russia i noticed a lot internet cafes. i feel that the true culture of the country is being modernized by a plaguing western influence.

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