Monthly Archive: January 2005

Democracy vs Stability: The EU’s dilemma in Russia

Democracy vs Stability: The EU’s dilemma in Russia

Arthur Chrenkoff writes about European attitudes towards Russia: Basically his summary is that Eastern European states, with strong memories of Russian & Soviet imperial rule, are desparate to not only forge stronger ties with...

Weekly News #6

Weekly News #6

Foreign Affairs Syria’s President Assad had a productive visit to Moscow this week.  Not only did he manage to persuade Russia to tell the US that accusing Syria of harbouring terrorists was counterproductive and...

Russian anti-semitism gone mad

Russian anti-semitism gone mad

Note (26/1/05): Two corrections have been made in italics to this post in response to Alexei’s comments below. 19 MPs – including members of the pro-Putin opposition (oops) Rodina party –  and 500 academics...

Satin Pajamas and Important Awards

Satin Pajamas and Important Awards

Every new year brings with it a batch of awards ceremonies.  Oscars, Grammy’s Golden Globes, and countless more.  But all these are, frankly, worth nothing at all when compared with the glory of the...

Weekly News #5

Weekly News #5

Apologies for the slight delay in issuing this week’s news roundup.  This is because I was seduced yesterday evening by the romance of the FA Cup 3rd Round Replay between Exeter City and Manchester...

The Babushka Revolution

The Babushka Revolution

That’s what Turkish Press is calling the recent pensioners’ protests in Russia. So effective were the protests that Putin has begun criticising the government’s execution of the pension reforms and Rodina, Putin’s own political...

Who controls the Russian arms trade?

Who controls the Russian arms trade?

In an opinion piece about last week’s rumours of a Russian missile sale to Syria, Pavel Felgenhauer notes a worrying aspect of the Russian arms trade in general.  Namely a lack of central control....

Ukraine election rumbles on

Ukraine election rumbles on

Viktor Yanukovich has just been given leave to appeal the Ukrainian Supreme Court’s verdict that he had lost last year’s Presidential Election.  The voluminous appeal lodged on Friday – and delivered in a minivan...

Russia to sell missiles to Syria?

Russia to sell missiles to Syria?

Rumours have been flying in the Russian and Israeli press that Russia is about to sell a batch of SS-26 Iskander-E missiles to Syria.  They’re kind of like SCUDs, only better. Israel is vehemently...

Weekly News #4

Weekly News #4

Weekly news returns after a slightly extended holiday hiatus.  Happy New Year, one and all! The focus this week is on elections and the spread of democracy throughout the CIS.  There are even (very...