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Almost two weeks since my last update here. A week and a half since the Russian presidential election - and I'm still feeling like a duck in a thunderstorm.

Of course, I knew there would be violations and all sorts of incidents during the election day, but I wasnt't ready for the scale of the violations. None of us was ready, in fact. For example, I was a member of the local election committee with a decisive vote; according to the law, I could be suspended (which happened right before the ballots count), but I couldn't be removed from the voting premises (which happened half an hour after my suspension). I tried to remind the chairperson of the law, but all I got was a police escort to the door. I must admit I wasn't even surprised: the chairperson had been acting funny the whole day, anything slightly out of the ordinary momentarily caused her to almost panic and freak out, and she deliberately removed every independent observer by midday. I was quite surprised I lasted almost until midnight!

And the worst part of it is that it wasn't me being tremendously unlucky: most independent observers reported similar violations on other voting stations in St Petersburg. In Moscow, the situation was much calmer, don't ask me why.

And, of course, the Central Election Commission reported that no substantial violations happened during the election.

But, on the bright side, I've met lots of wonderful people among the volunteers, and we're already discussing our possible actions in the future: preparation for the upcoming gubernatorial election, for example.

Well, enough of the election, I have happier news :) I've finally finished my Active Spanish course on Livemocha (¬°felicitaciones a mi!), and I'm thinking of watching a TV series in Spanish. I've already found a promising TV show - Toledo: Cruce de Destinos , a Spanish historical drama. I've also started a Swedish course on Livemocha :)

Came over a nice recipe for apple strudel on Livejournal; I rarely use recipes found on the Internet, but the recipe seemed really... cooker-friendly, you know, so I tried it. The result exceeded my expectations, honestly. Cooked it for the second time today, for a late evening tea with Olga, and she approved :) Olga also brought me a small packet of Darjeeling, my favourite black tea. It's really rare around here, so now I'm feeling really happy :)

And I'm going to Moscow again, on Friday evening, for a week or so. Cannot wait to see my family and Smiley :)

And right now I'm going to make myself another cup of Darjeeling and watch yesterday's Body of Proof. Yay!:)

Date: 2012-03-14 09:47 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] deathgaze
What level would you say your Spanish is at now? I took it for 5 years but I don't remember much, though I can recognize when people use my English translations to make Spanish derivatives (because it happens so often).

russian elections, languages, tea, moscow

Date: 2012-03-15 04:58 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] fairwells
I think your participation in the Russian elections is just an amazing experience. To be that close to the political process in any country must be commended. I'm sorry there were violations that impeded your participation, but nevertheless it's a learning process which will help you in future elections, as you pointed out.

Congrats on finishing your Spanish. Yo estudio espanol para seis anos. Pero mi espanol es mal ahora. Yo necesita a estudiar espanol otra vez.

I used to use Livemocha too. I ended up teaching a Chinese person English. My Chinese is terrible. lol.

Have fun in Moscow and seeing your family.

Enjoy your favorite tea and movie =)

Date: 2012-03-15 02:10 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] brisus
Apple strudel? i'm so jealous... I bet its good!

Date: 2012-03-15 04:25 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] woolychicken
Your political systems sounds rather...exciting! Perhaps not in the best of ways though :-)

Date: 2012-03-17 10:05 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] floatboth
Oh, the Duma election had much more violations. Also, Prokhorov's result is pretty impressive for the first time :-)

Date: 2012-03-23 03:18 am (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] themadmermaid
Being escorted by police sounds very unpleasant.

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