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Sept. 15, 2004 1:15 p.m.
Beer drinking on the streets of Moscow has become widespread. If you walk down the sidewalk you will pass many young people, even couples, men and women drinking large brown glass bottles of beer in the middle of the day. At night it can get a little darker.
There are two American diners here, pre-fabricated in Florida then shipped to Moscow. They have booths and good milkshakes. On my way to one of them I had to pass through an underground passageway, the way you cross most big Moscow roads. In the underground were about a hundred young Russians in black leather coats, smoking, drinking beer and playing guitars. There was broken beer bottle glass all around. I wondered if anyone was going to bother me.
Coming out the other side there was a crowd all the way up the steps. Two women were arguing, one a big woman in a black leather coat, the other thinner, with dyed red hair. Suddenly the big woman threw a right cross smack in the face of the redhead, who was stunned. I continued my way up the steps, the brawl in front of me. The redhead made the mistake of trying to hit back, but offered more of a push. Emboldened by her success, the big woman punched again and hit again in the face. I took a position several yards away to see how far it would go. The crowd of young people suddenly had some entertainment in their dark stairwell. Now it seemed like the redhead was not sure if she wanted to try and get some revenge or run away. She should have run away. With a crowd gathering, the big woman's confidence surged. She grabbed the thin redhead by the arms, pulled her down and brought up her right knee, smash, right in the face. As the crowd got bigger I moved away, concerned that I might look out of place and become a target. There were a lot of them.
Some minor alarm bells are sounding in Europe and the U.S. about the Russian president's plan to pick the governors himself and to move towards a one-party system in the Parliament. Not one governor objected. They all said it was a great idea that the President himself pick who runs for governor. [ed. note: Click the video tab to the right to watch Steve's report]
I expect to leave Russia by the end of the week. Upon returning from a trip it is always nice to have something to look forward to. With some help from a friend I had a TV and cable put in my apartment. The goal is on Sunday to be able to turn on the TV and watch the NFL.
I have enjoyed your reporting for clarity and accuracy. I respect you for your bravery. You're doing a fine job for FOX but more importantly for the American people.
I'm pleased to discover your blog and look forward to your continued reports from Moscow.
Thank you for your intelligent reporting. I'm appalled that Putin is making moves toward another police state and that everyone seems complacent about it. I think that if you and Fox News would really publicize what's going on there, it could help the cause of "democracy," which we're spilling blood for in Iraq. After all, Putin was the former KGB head, wasn't he? I've never trusted him. Thank you for not letting what he is doing slip by unnoticed. Take care and stay safe.
One of my first daily routines is to sit at my computer and read local and then national news sites. I have been doing this for well over a year. About a month and a half ago, I started reading your blogs. This has become a daily thing for me, I am drawn to your writing style and most importantly, what you are saying. I wish you the best of luck and the safest of journeys.
May the road rise up to meet your feet.
In one of your recent blogs you mentioned Sept. 10th is your birthdate. My husband and I would like to wish you a very "Happy Birthday." We always look forward to your reports because we know we will get the TRUTH. Thanks for telling it like it is.
Wayland and Pat (Eagle Rock, VA)
I have been watching you as you broadcast from all over the world, and have admired your courage under fire, your no-nonsense style of reporting. It so reminds me of the fine reporters we enjoyed listening to during WWII. You have made a name for yourself in war reporting. Keep it up!
— Judith (Kiln, MS)
Dear Steve & All:
Thank you for being there to allow us to see what horrible things are being done. I don't think I could do your job.
Steve Harrigan currently serves as a Miami-based correspondent for Fox News Channel (FNC). He joined the network in 2001 as a Moscow-based correspondent.