Monthly Archive: May 2004

Congratulations

Congratulations

Terek Grozny have become the first football team from outside the top division to win the Russian Cup. Their shock 1-0 victory over Krylya Sovietov Samara means that they will represent Russia in next...

Russia meddles in US elections

Russia meddles in US elections

Carlos Watson, over at CNN, reckons that Russia may be about to give George W Bush a helping hand in both Iraq, and the upcoming Presidential elections. Putin, whose powers seem almost dictatorial, could...

Russian border guards told to be more ‘smiley’

Russian border guards told to be more ‘smiley’

In response to criticism Russian border guards have been told to be more courteous to travellers in future. The orders were issued by Colonel General Vladimir Pronichev, head of the border guard service, after...

Human rights – how to do it right

Human rights – how to do it right

Robert Kaplan has an article in the July/August 2003 issue of Atlantic Monthly where he discusses how the American military builds relations around the world at a tactical level. Its all worth reading, but...

Amnesty Report – Russia

Amnesty Report – Russia

Amnesty International published its annual report today. The Russia Summary makes depressing reading. I’ve posted them both below for comparison, but the only real changes I could pick out were negative. The number of...

Wars nobody has ever heard of, Part 1043

Wars nobody has ever heard of, Part 1043

Everyone knows about the Russo-Japanese War of 1904-5. Russia sailed its entire Baltic fleet to Japan the long way around only to see it sunk by the better trained Japanese navy within hours. The...

Who will succeed Kadyrov?

Who will succeed Kadyrov?

As the dust settles, and the initial shock of Akhmad Kadyrov’s assassination seems to be wearing off, thoughts in the Kremlin are turning to who should replace him as President. According to Interfax, an...

Chechnya Chaos

Chechnya Chaos

No real news or updates on yesterday’s bombing in Chechnya, which killed President Kadyrov. There has, however, been a slew of articles suggesting that the assasination leaves Putin’s plans for Chechnya in chaos, and...

Chechen President killed

Chechen President killed

Akhmad Kadyrov, the pro-Russian President of Chechnya, was killed today. A massive explosion ripped through the VIP section of the Dynamo stadium in Grozny, where he and a number of other top officials were...