How are the following two stories, as summarized in business daily Delovoi Petersburg′s morning newsletter to subscribers and regular readers, and the photograph, above, which I shot during yesterday’s snowstorm, connected? I would argue they are profoundly connected, but I will leave it up to you to think the connections through. If you have any bright ideas, feel free to voice them in the comments section.
Who is responsible for the warplane downed in Syria. A Russian SU-25 has again been shot down. The pilot catapulted and, as transpired later, he engaged in combat with the enemy and blew himself up with a grenade, meaning he acted completely like a real war hero. But the hitch is there is no war on, so to speak. The airplane was downed after the the terrorists had been officially defeated. What is more, it was downed in a demilitarized zone.
Petersburgers are being fed cakes made from canned beans. Eggs are added for viscosity to a broth of legumes to create vegan sweets, and the curd in cheese pastries is replaced with tofu. Hungry vegans spend 80,000 to 100,000 rubles per month at Sofia Lyubarova’s confectionery shop, and now the businesswoman is thinking about hiring employees to produce the popular cakes.