This exclusive episode finds award-winning cartoonist Ted Rall Zooming in a report from St. Petersburg, Russia. He and Scott Stantis (not in Russia) discuss Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s historic trip to Taiwan. Which leads the lads to talk about the assassination of Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. Scott and Ted also discuss Monkey Pox and, last, Ted delivers a boots-on-the-ground report about life inside the Russian Federation under Western sanctions. Spoiler: it’s nothing like you think.
There are a lot of English-language street signs and the like here in Yekaterinburg as well. I think many of them actually went up in the 2010s at that, when Putin increasingly turned away from the West. Not sure how much of this is down to Putin – wealthy municipalities always want(ed) to lure in more foreign tourists.