Keep Passing the Open Windows! (John Irving, The Hotel New Hampshire)

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Taking a break
I have not been writing in my journal for almost a month. Firstly, I was busy, secondly, I was ill. The second circumstance is especially frustrating, as I didn't expect to fall sick at all.

Well, we are not choosing time to get unwell. An ailment is coming and has to be dealt with. It takes time, efforts and often ends up in lost opportunities, but it is the issue that needs to be addressed when it happens.

I am sincerely thankful to my parents for their kind support and attention during my ailment. I value it especially high taking into account that my Father is not well himself and is very busy at work. He told me of a sudden death of his best employee two and a half weeks ago. Kind memories forever to this colleague. Of course, I am always thankful and greatful to my Mum, my real rescuer. I love my Mum and Dad dearly.

Yet life goes on. Vladimir Putin has been elected president until 2018. His official score is 63.6%. His close rival, communist Gennady Ziuganov, won 19.2%. The third one is a billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov with 8%. Рrokhorov announced that he would be starting a liberal political party.

Mr Putin will be inaugurated on the 7th of May. Acting president, Dmitry Medvedev, is expected to be appointed the prime minister. Mr Putin and Mr Medvedev are discussing behind closed doors who will be the members of Medvedev's government. Personal changes in the Cabinet of Ministers will be announced and implemented after Mr Putin becomes president and Mr Medvedev is approved by the state parliament as prime minister.

From July 1 tariffs and taxes will be raised. At the moment we may only guess how significant the changes will be. Obviously, the monetary policy will be amended as well.

There has been an unconfirmed report that a lot of Russian families are intensifying efforts to emigrate. The report, should it be trustworthy, indicates millions of those who want to leave Russia for good.

At the same time, the local economy and Rouble are quite strong capitalizing on high oil price. The other positive factor is that Europe finally managed Greek debt issue. It appears that euro is saved as a currency, and the monetary union remains unchanged. Both Italy and Spain are implementing austerity steps to right their finances. The weak link is Portugal. Yet the country is small and is also committed to an austerity program, therefore there is hope that Europe's financial woes are being left behind.

Let us see what will happen next inside and outside Russia.



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