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Choosing Love: Puritanism In The New Russia
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Another recent development along this line: something's gone missing from Moscow's cash counters. Well, not really missing, but re-directed. Up until the end of last year, many produce shops, fast food joints and supermarkets had donation boxes, collecting money for Russia's orphanages. I'm not sure when this changed, but last week I began to notice that many of these collection boxes have disappeared. In their place are containers collecting money for Russian families who need help supporting three or more children. It seems that the chinovniki don't plan to give up their new Audis to finance their cash-for-tots promises.

In Russia, where instilling a fear of consequences has traditionally been the chosen form of incentivizing people, it seems now that people are being terrorized into choosing love in order to fulfill the state's desire to create more families and more babies. Perhaps someday soon we'll have to carry a sort of document, sort of like a Russian auto technical inspection certificate, one which you have to renew annually and carry with you at all times. A Love License. And if you're with your significant other, and don't have your Love License on you, well, then there's someone who will be getting a bribe that day. Choose love.


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