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Private traffic policemen.        17 April 2018 - 23:58(time Astana)

     Some time ago I talked to a Moscow taxi driver. First we discussed Moscow traffic jams (well, this is an obligatory topic of any conversation in Moscow). Then I asked how they put things in order with parking cars on the roadside. So, he told me that the City Hall has signed a contract with private companies that record parking violations around the city and send them to the traffic police. He says that unnoticeable cars or motorcycles silently drive up to an incorrectly parked car, take a photo, put a parking ticket under the windscreen wiper and leave.

     They make it quietly, calmly, without scandals. Nothing...  Read more


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Life lessons.        17 April 2018 - 23:57(time Astana)

     I remember, I was about 10 back then. One bully, who was a couple years older than me, was picking at me, he beat me and took a toy from me. Usual story.

     Crying, I ran home and complained to my father. But instead of taking my side, my father got angry, gave me a slap upside my head and said, “Deal with it by yourself!”, then turned me and sent back outdoors.

     Since then I have been dealing with my problems by myself: sometimes I fought, sometimes, when I wasn’t strong enough, I adapted, made friends, united with someone, that is survived as best I...  Read more


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Technical progress or jobs?        17 April 2018 - 23:55(time Astana)

     Once I had an interesting dispute at a meeting in the Government. One of the line ministries reported their plans to introduce the latest technologies in order to achieve their target – a twofold increase in labor productivity, that is, the same volume of production will be achieved by half the number of people.

     Another ministry responsible for employment did not agree with this, citing a threat to its indicators – a reduction in unemployment.

     So what is more important: technical progress → high labor productivity → more competitive products → increase in gross domestic product → enrichment of the country → improving the well-being of...  Read more


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To those who forbid Kazakh girls to marry Chinese men.        17 April 2018 - 23:54(time Astana)

     When a person says that only an immoral Kazakh girl can marry a Chinese, he or she thereby makes it clear that the Kazakhs are higher than the Chinese.

     From the ethical point of view, this is immoral as it is nothing but chauvinism.

     And from the legal point of view, it is against the law, as it falls under Article 174 of the Criminal Code, which says that the incitement of national discord, as well as the propaganda of citizens' superiority on the basis of nationality committed in public or through the use of mass media is punished with a restraint for a period of...  Read more


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The Hand of the West.        17 April 2018 - 23:53(time Astana)

     The President of Venezuela Maduro said that the situation in the country is fueled by enemies of the people, who are supported by the West.

     This has become an unchanging tradition: the authoritarian regimes always blame the West for public discontent in their countries.

     Perhaps they are right. Indeed, the West is to blame. It is to blame for its very existence, for showing how one can live in democracy and freedom.


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Well-treated children and offended children.        17 April 2018 - 23:52(time Astana)

     Abroad, the most striking difference is the relationship between parents and children.

     Our former fellow citizens (I do not know which republics they are from, but they speak Russian) beat their children, shout at them, humiliate them in front of people. I have never seen such scenes from anyone else. Even among representatives of poor African countries.

     The European and American culture is quite different (South-East Asia, most likely, took it, too). Here I have never seen children being beaten, at least, in public. I have never seen parents shouting at their children and spanking them. More often I see touching scenes of caressing children by...  Read more


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Journalists’ racket.        17 April 2018 - 23:51(time Astana)

     I remember when I worked in the civil service, I encountered such a phenomenon as journalists’ racket.

     It happened like this: a representative of some republican TV channel or newspaper comes to the akim of the region and says, “Sponsor our channel or oblige any local big company to do so. They will not refuse. Then we will be friends with you. We will tell the whole country how talented you are as the leader of the region. And if you refuse, we will find faults and problems in your work and keep talking about them day after day. In a couple of months, not only the...  Read more


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Democracy and populism.        17 April 2018 - 23:49(time Astana)

     They say that when the President of the United States gives food to the homeless, when he takes part in social videos or visits areas suffering from disasters, he engages in cheap publicity.

     And I want to ask people who say so, “How should the head of a democratic state behave? As a king, as a god? Majestically and in a condescending way, like father? Watch everything from his palace and give instructions to his citizens from there? Learn about the life of the country from newspapers and TV news?”

      I don’t think so.

     In a democratic state, power belongs to people. To get...  Read more


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"Owl" or "lark"?        31 March 2018 - 21:57(time Astana)

     At one time I thought I was an "owl". I went to bed late, got up too late. I was sure that at night my productivity increased, I worked better in the quiet, etc.

     Then it became necessary for me to get up early. I started to get up early, because of this I went to bed too early. Therefore, I became a "lark". My productivity in the mornings was much higher than at nights. Moreover, things started to do much more.

     Finally, I confessed to myself that I am not an "owl", but simply under this word      I masked my laziness and disorganization.

     I noticed that when...  Read more


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About me.        31 March 2018 - 21:34(time Astana)

     I was born on November 16, 1967 in Leninsk (Baikonur), the famous space harbor of the Soviet Union. My parents were regular workers. My father worked as a communications engineer, and my mother was a cashier at the station.

     From 1975 to 1985 I studied at the secondary school No. 245, which I finished with good marks and being the leader of the Komsomol organization. Since early age I was an active, energetic child and participated in all public events.

     Due to the fact that the cosmodrome was directly subordinated to Moscow, and the fact that the best specialists of the space industry from all over...  Read more


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