It's been a good run, but The Big Orange has run out of gas. Doug's primary responsibility has to be to his ministry, as he indicates:
An era has come to an end. My recent health problems are attributed to my working too much. Therefore I need to cut back on some of our ministries. One of the projects I have decided to end is The Big Orange. It has been a joy to keep you all informed of events on this side of the world, but it made no sense to cut back on ministries and maintain this column. I hope you understand.
If you want to keep up on the former Soviet Union, you can visit Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
We want to thank Doug for his many months and years of faithful reporting that fed this site and made it all possible. To me, as site administrator, it was a labor love. My only regret was that traffic never grew to levels I thought it deserved--although we know there have been some dedicated followers, too.
If someone out there has as an idea for replacing Doug's excellent dispatches, I'm open to soldiering on. Just let us know. Otherwise, this is farewell!