Monthly Archives: May 2012

Corruption in Russia since 1996

According to Transparency International, corruption in Russia has become much worse since Vladimir Putin became the president of Russia. According to their Report in 2010, Russia took 154 place out of 178 countries. The myth that Putin has done a lot to fight the corruption in the country remains a myth and the situation is deteriorating every year. Putin and his government often speak of corruption as a syndrome of the 90ies but the Transparency International Reports show the opposite.

Below is a graph that shows Russia’s place according to the Corruption Index of Transparency International starting from 1996 (second presidential term of Eltsin).

2 IMSlers out to experience German food

Studying and living in Bonn means also adjusting to German food culture – at least a little bit. Two IMS students, a vegetarian/pescarian, being Evgenia and eat-pretty-much-all, being Inga, share their impressions of the food and dining in Germany.

Although German food has a rather bad reputation with intimidating Sauerkraut and Schweinbraten there are many things Evgenia and Inga appreciate in German cuisine.

Copious German bakeries and their fresh crispy bread and pastries

A marketplace next to old city hall of Bonn has a great choice of fresh vegetables and fruits. One simply cannot pass by and Inga always ends up buying something from the colorful and healthy choice. Both Inga and Evgenia enjoy eating salad and fresh vegetables.

Although Inga is equally delighted when savoring far unhealthy food like Thüringer Rostbratwurst. Evgenia avoids at the same time the Würstchenstand at any cost.

The choice in local supermarkets is reasonable. Outstanding is the selection of Italian food – you can find it everywhere. No German food store dares to ignore the Italian influence.

Evgenia loves to eat fish, but unfortunately there are not many places that sell fresh fish. And if there happens to be fresh seafood, it is most likely too expensive.

But every once in a while they check out some diners and restaurants. Surprisingly an overwhelming part of the restaurants serve Italian food. There are dozens of Italian restaurants in Bonn and Cologne – you can find one almost on every street! And even if it is not an Italian restaurant, there are hardly any places left that do not serve at least one Italian dish, such as, pasta.

Even the internationally successful German restaurant chain named Vapiano serves only Italian food!

Italian cuisine is prevailing everywhere you go. The most popular ice cream cafés in the region are Italian. Actually, there are only Italian ice cream cafés.

And even when it comes to coffee – most of cafés, even if not Italian, serve Italian coffee.

Our Conclusion: German people love, besides eating, sausages, pork, potatoes, to eat Italian food!

 Evgenia and Inga too love to eat Italian!

Mobile Phone Users across the World

This simple infographic shows several countries in the world by the number of mobile phone usage. The data comes from Wikipedia.

Israel Media Landscape

Israeli Media Landscape in one INFOgraphic created with

Alcohol Consumption in Italy

I found this extremely interesting. This graph shows alcohol consumption in Italy every two years starting from 1960 up till 20008. The data comes from OECD website. As seen on the graph, alcohol consumption in Italy has dropped drastically from 19,2 liters per capita in 1960 to only 8 liters per capita in 2008. Italy, together with France and Spain, are one of the biggest producers of great wine, but the consumption has been dropping dramatically starting from the 70ies. Italy has actually one of the lowest alcohol consumption levels in Europe. I do confirm, from my own experience of 6 years living in Italy, that Italians do have moderate consumption of wine, but the risky drinking, like in my home country Russia, simply does not exist. They also drink less and less wine during lunchtime, perhaps, due to a new lifestyle, having lunches at work in front of their computers.

2009 Alcohol consumption map

The map of alcohol consumption in 2009 only on some countries. The data was found at OECD website.

In many countries in this world alcohol abuse remains a big problem. It carries a risk of health and social consequences. According to WHO harmful use of alcohol results in the death of 2.5 million people every year. The biggest boozers in Europe are found in France, Portugal etc. Here is the data from OECD (data for some countries like Italy, Belgium comes from 2008):

Country Alcohol Consumption per capita
Australia 10.1
Austria 12,2
Belgium 9.7
Canada 8.2
Chile 8.6
Czech Republic 12.1
Denmark 10.1
Estonia 12
Finland 10
France 12.3
Germany 9.7
Greece 9.2
Hungary 11.8
Iceland 7.3
Ireland 11.3
Israel 2.5
Italy 8
Japan 7.4
Korea 8.9
Luxembourg 11.8
Mexico 5.9
Netherlands 9.4
New Zealand 9.3
Norway 6.7
Poland 10.2
Portugal 12.2
Slovak Republic 9
Slovenia 11,5
Spain 10
Sweden 7,4
Switzerland 10,1
Turkey 2.2
United Kingdom 10.2
United States 8.8

ANTHRAX detected in Ukraine

For all the fans travelling to Ukraine EURO 2012 to support their national teams, a case of Anthrax was detected in the central Ukraine’s Cherkassy region on May 18.

12 people, who were in contact with the sick cow, are now under medical supervision. Specialists are trying to clarify the source and routes of transmission of the agent of the disease. After hundreds of Measles cases in Ukraine,  along came the Anthrax.

The reporting has been detected only in Russian and Ukranian so far. Check the following website (you can use the Google Translate on the site)


#OccupyArbat, #OccupyBarrikadnaya

Honestly speaking, I have no more idea what hashtag # to use on Twitter when I want to follow the Russian Opposition Occupy Movement from Germany. I am a bit tired and bored from all this. Aren’t you? #OccupyAbai – results: arrests, protesters dispersed by police; #OccupyBarrikadnaya – results: arrests, protesters dispersed by police; #OccupyArbat – results: arrests, protesters dispersed by police…. What’s next? Hashtag #This, hashtag #That and then results: arrests, protesters dispersed by police? Is there actually a strategy behind all the protests?

I understand great efforts in trying to make this Russian variant of Occupy Movement go on until Navalny and al. get out of prison, but people are leaving, people are tired, bored, many are arrested, some are scared, scared to be beaten by the police, scared to be arrested…..actually, people who voted for Putin in March are becoming even more supportive of our newly elected president and  turning their backs to the opposition. We are walking on the razor’s edge and we might create an opposite effect and make V. Putin as stronger as never before.

Take, for example, my grandmother,  born in 1942 and had been working for the almighty INDUSTRY in a city a few hundreds km from Moscow almost all her entire life. When she speaks about her “Zavod”, she simply worships it like a God. She watches only State Television, hardly reads any newspapers, a part from a few free local ones and has only heard about the Internet from me. After having watched a short news piece on the opposition movement in Moscow these days on the First Channel, she is scared, she feels this movement is a threat and she said to me “I hope Putin will soon stop all that violence and those violent young men who do not want to work” Violence? Grandma what violence??? How do I explain to her that this movement is not a threat and people are trying to fight peacefully for their rights, for democracy and for a brighter future without corruption and Putin? ………. Where do I even start?

Well….just to be there for “the SHOW MUST GO ON” does not do that good to the opposition and will, probably, not help to make Putin go.

Food for thought 18.05.12

Here is a list of interesting articles of the past week concerning media.

Geofeedia helps journalists locate real-time photos, tweets where news breaks

Facebook IPO may force journalists to consider their role in the social network’s growth

Eric Newton: Journalism education suffers from ‘symphony of slowness’ (something familiar?)

Warren Buffett and the Future of Journalism

Journalists Making a Film About Journalism

Flight and Duty Time Limitations (FTL) INFOgraphics

The information for this INFOgraphic on proposed by EASA Flight and Duty Time Limitation rules, created with, comes from the official website of EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency).

Feel free to contact me if you have more ideas on topics for my INFOgraphics!