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Help the City Go Green

If youre the kind of person who feels pangs of guilt each time you toss your recyclables into the trash bin, you may now be able to sleep easier at night. Last month, 2,000 gleaming silver recycling bins appeared in the south of the city, ready to take your paper, plastic, glass and aluminum, and to give it a new lease on life. The project is the brainchild of Britains Midland Resources Holding, which installed the units and stands to make a tidy profit selling illuminated advertising space on the front and back sides of each unit. With plans to install a total of 15,000 units around the city by the end of next year, that adds up to 30,000 new advertising surfaces once all is said and done.

But, does this mean that Moscow is ready to take its place alongside Amsterdam and Copenhagen as a haven of tree-hugging grooviness? Well have to wait and see. There are currently three recycling plants in Moscow, but to date only a tiny fraction of the citys trash has been getting recycled.

For now, people living around Leninsky Prospect and near metro stations on the southern parts of the orange, gray and green lines, have the opportunity to be the first to participate in this brave new experiment, and to help Moscow to become a sustainable city. To find the location nearest to your home or office, call 730 6655 or e-mail

Keeping up with Russian News

Missed that sensational interview on Ekho Moskvy? Confused about Russian and international reactions to President Putins proposals for electoral reforms? Cant speak Russian? Dont worry. Theres a simple solution that will enable you to keep abreast of everything thats going on. Sign up for Johnsons Russia List (JRL), just like all the journalists and diplomats do. Twice a day, seven days a week, you get an email containing 20 or more articles in English from Russian and international media on current Russian issues. David Johnson, the creator and editor of JRL, is a researcher at the Center for Defense Information, a Washington, D.C. think tank.

E-mail David at to sign up. He suggests a subscription fee of $25 for individuals and $50 for companies.

Surviving a Champions League Match

With CSKA aiming for Champions League glory this season, we thought wed offer a few hints on how to survive a Russian soccer game.

  • CKSA plays its European games at the Lokomotiv Stadium. With VIP tickets going for as much as $500, your best bet may be to get a place for 1,000-2000 rubles in the western stand where the views are good and the fans (relatively) quiet. Whatever you do, dont opt for the super-rowdy seats behind the goals.
  • Without wishing to sound like your mom, dress warm. The stadium is not immune to Moscows winds and the temperatures are often (un)comfortably below zero.
  • Get there early (Champions League matches usually kick off at 20:30). There will be huge crowds at metro Chergizovskaya and hundreds of mounted and riot police being exposed to all kinds of abuse. There are also additional security precautions being taken now such as the use of metal detectors that may even work.
  • If you must get a shot of vodka to warm up before the kickoff, do so before you get to the ground. Therell be no chance when you get there, as alcohol is forbidden inside.
  • Be ready to join in the atmosphere with Mexican waves and the almost official UEFA samba. All together now

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