The Bodacious Belgrade Blog

January 15, 2009

No Heat For Serbia.

Filed under: Uncategorized — bunitingi @ 2:18 am
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Not sure what kind of news you Americans get of the outside world (are your stations still broadcasting? Are you eating your children in hunger yet?) but Serbia, as well as many other Balkan countries is having a serious gas crisis resulting in drastically reduced and rationed heat and in some villages NO heat. Serbia’s electrical grid is currently being stretched to the core and (i quote) “on the brink of collapse.”

Belgrade, this time next week.

Belgrade, this time next week.

Why? Because Russia turned the gas pipe off that snakes through the Balkans into Europe. This is the pipe that brings gas to Bulgaria, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech republic and of course, Serbia. (as well as others)

Why? Because Russia says it discovered that Ukraine was siphoning gas from this pipe and as a f*** you has simply turned off the pipe, shtooping everyone else in the process. Moscow and Kiev have been going head to head over gas prices for some time now. In fact, there has been serious tension between Moscow and Ukraine ever since the Orange Revolution of 2004, when Ukraine declared itself completely independent from Russia. (the area is currently referred to primarily as Bela Russia and is apparently a totally rocking place to hang at the moment. I would love to go to Kiev.)

In any case, Russia raised gas prices and claims that Ukraine is siphoning off extra gas to make up the difference. Personally, i don’t know. So Russia, in CLASSIC Russian heavy handedness  simply turned off the pipe and said “Fuck You.”

And now Serbia has no heat coming in.

For the record, our apartment DOES have heat. It’s just REALLY BLOODY reduced! We have a radiator and our building rations it’s heat. It’s a bit cold at times, but not health threatening in the least. We have a space heater when we need it, and the baby is dressed just fine. I don’t want to paint a picture that we are sitting huddled and shivering in an ice covered apartment. We’re fine and perfectly comfortable. Just have to wear an extra layer.

But still, the country has been freaking OUT. There are villages with no heat whatsoever. Apparently Bosnia is totally screwed. Bulgaria is real bad, and Serbia is actually really, really badly hit also. It’s bought some extra gas, but industry has taken a massive hit and many places have shut down temporarily.

You can look at Russia one of 2 ways. They are either total dicks or totally bad ass. I mean seriously, the one thing i’ll give them is they do not screw around. They are the Tony Soprano of politics. If they think you’re f*** with them they will simply f*** you and everyone behind you without a second THOUGHT.

There. Now, Putin, i am COLD. I have a baby. TURN MY M***************** HEAT BACK UP.

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3 Comments »

  1. As noted elsewhere, you cannot out-suffer a Russian. Especially not Vladimir Effing Putin. That is a cold sumbitch, man. He does not give a SHIT about your popsicle baby. Bloody hell, I’m glad he ain’t my neighbor.

    Sorry for your suffering, but as you may be aware, we’re having a bit of a meltdown ourselves over here. But I believe the heavily tanned gentleman entering the chief executive office soon may help us out a bit.

    Or at least not make it worse.

    Comment by matthew — January 15, 2009 @ 5:38 am | Reply

  2. Got up to 60 today. Sorry, dude, can’t send it your way.

    Adam will be fine, because titties? WARM. And all his.

    Comment by emjaybee — January 15, 2009 @ 5:54 am | Reply

  3. Hi Paul,

    We are thinking of you all and hope you can stay warm in spite of all the troubles between Russia and countries.

    Hugs,

    P and D and Jock too. He is restaining all our woodwork in the house .. bless him. He is also doing yard work when warm enough. Not today however. Brrrrrrrrrrr. It is cold but not as cold as you have it.

    Comment by Patsy — January 15, 2009 @ 11:27 pm | Reply


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