Category: Russia

The democratic revolution that wasn’t

26 December, 2017 (09:00) | Communism, History, Incentives, Investment, Land, Lenin, Markets, property, Russia, Stolypin, Urbanization | 1 comment

  By: David A. Smith   If you want to transform humanity for the better, to turn almost beasts into humans, give them land and you will reach your goal. Fyodor Dostoyevsky   Pyotr Stolypin, about the age I was when I bought Massie’s biography   Back in 1969, when I was fifteen and spending […]

House and country?: Part 9, Moscow on the Thames

16 September, 2015 (10:00) | Apartments, Capital, Countries, Development, Economics, Global news, Historic preservation, Homeownership, Housing, Investment, London, Nations, Putin, Russia, Security, Speculation, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 8 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, and Part 7.] By: David A. Smith I do notice that, when I’ve been away and I come back to London, people look at you. People are ready to pick arguments.  Colin Firth  In London, […]

House and country?: Part 8, Oligarch village

15 September, 2015 (10:00) | Apartments, Capital, Countries, Development, Economics, Global news, Historic preservation, Homeownership, Housing, Investment, London, Nations, Putin, Russia, Security, Speculation, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 7 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, and Part 6.] By: David A. Smith In London they don’t like you if you’re still alive.  Harvey Fierstein  Climbing out of Part 7 of this post, inspired by a fascinating New Yorker (1 June 2015) article […]

House and country?: Part 7, Paranoia insurance

14 September, 2015 (10:00) | Apartments, Capital, Countries, Development, Economics, Global news, Historic preservation, Homeownership, Housing, Investment, London, Nations, Putin, Russia, Security, Speculation, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 6 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5.] By: David A. Smith I do not think there is anything deserving the name of society to be found out of London. William Hazlitt I’m in the In crowd … and you’re not Yesterday’s Part 6 […]

House and country?: Part 6, The eye of Putin

11 September, 2015 (10:00) | Apartments, Capital, Countries, Development, Economics, Global news, Historic preservation, Homeownership, Housing, Investment, London, Nations, Putin, Russia, Security, Speculation, Zoning |

[Continued from yesterday’s Part 5 and the preceding Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.] By: David A. Smith London, that great cesspool into which all the loungers and idlers of the Empire are irresistibly drained.  Arthur Conan Doyle, A Study in Scarlet (1886) By now, as we excavate further and further into […]