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Posted: Thursday, July 16, 2009 12:00 am

For every comment we receive here on the Beat, we seem to get about 10 spam comments.

Usually, these are the garden-variety spam comments — "I like your site!" with a link to a commercial Web site, or just a plug for a television show or movie.

But the last couple batches of spam I've glanced at have been almost entirely messages in Russian. I don't read Russian, so I don't know what these comments are hoping to accomplish or what kind of Web sites or services they're offering.

What I'm curious about, though, is why they would comment on an English-language blog in Lodi? Are there a lot of Russian-speakers who read The Beat?