Monthly Archive: December 2004

‘Russians in Iraq’ guy fired

‘Russians in Iraq’ guy fired

Remember John A Shaw?  He was the Deputy Undersecretary of Defense from the Pentagon who, back in October, claimed that the reason there were no WMDs left in Iraq was because Russian special forces...

Aiport security in Russia still lax

Aiport security in Russia still lax

The Black Widows who killed 90 people when they blew up two Russian airliners in August this year got onto the planes by buying last minute tickets from ticket scalpers. The Russian government, not...

Weekly News #3

Weekly News #3

Have a very merry Christmas!  But, before you do, check out the news from Russia… Yukos Sunday’s auction of Yukos subsidiary Yuganskneftegaz resulted in what is probably one of the biggest shocks to come...

Weekly News Summary

Weekly News Summary

Wednesday is upon us once again – time to check out what’s been happening in and around Russia over the past seven days. The major headline from today is the ongoing hostage situation in...

Russian men hijack bus in Athens?

Russian men hijack bus in Athens?

A bus was hijacked in Athens this morning and its 26 passengers held at gunpoint.  The identity of the hijackers is uncertain at the moment – the bus driver thinks they are Albanian, but...

Blog of the week – 52 North 16

Blog of the week – 52 North 16

Irkutsk is easily the most excellent city in the whole wide world.  It’s commonly known as the Paris of Siberia, because all the Decembrist’s exiled by Tsar Alexander II brought ‘culture’ with them.  (French...

Yushchenko poisoned.  Russia blamed.

Yushchenko poisoned. Russia blamed.

It seems pretty clear now that Victor Yushchenko was poisoned.  Doctors in Vienna have confirmed that his blood contained over 1,000 times the normal amount of dioxin. Yushchenko himself has laid the blame on...

Weekly News Roundup

Weekly News Roundup

Response to last week’s trial run seemed positive, so a news roundup will become a regular feature on SiberianLight.  Right now I plan to run it weekly, but this could change depending on time...

Putin – World Tour 2004

Putin – World Tour 2004

Putin has been racking up the airmiles this last few weeks.  By my count, he’s been to: Ukraine – where he endorsed Yanukovich as his choice for Governor President Chile – were he announced...

You get what you pay for

You get what you pay for

Today it was announced that Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC), India’s state own energy company plans to bid against Gazprom in the auction for Yukos subsidiary Yuganskneftegaz. Hooray!  Putin is allowing free and...