Monthly Archive: February 2005

Chechnya after the war.  A grim future

Chechnya after the war. A grim future

Konstantin asks why no-one ever considers what would come after a Chechen peace-deal with Russia.  He considers it for them, and comes to the unhappy conclusion that the conflict would become just another civil...

Yuganskneftegaz money turns up!

Yuganskneftegaz money turns up!

Prime Minister Mikhail Fradkov has revealed that $7.6 billion from the auction of Yukos subsidiary Yuganskneftegaz has been received from Rosneft and transferred into the state budget.  However, Yuganskneftegaz sold for $9.3 billion, which...

Weekly News #8

Weekly News #8

This edition of the weekly news is dedicated to Rebecca, my lovely but long-suffering girlfriend, who celebrated her birthday yesterday. Domestic The Yukos affair rumbles on.  Foreign banks have demanded the immediate repayment of...

Running to stand still

Running to stand still

Window on the Arab World notes that neither Russia nor Syria have been paying attention in history class, and are still stuck in a timewarp of ultra-realist international politics. So instead of recognizing the...

A 1960s exchange student in Moscow

A 1960s exchange student in Moscow

David McDuff has just posted a beautifully written eleven part series series about his experiences as a student of Moscow State University in the 1960s. It’s frightening, at times, how closely his observations of...

Basayev Interview Transcript

Basayev Interview Transcript

Update:  This post refers to Shamil Basayev’s interview with Channel 4 news in February 2005.  If you are coming to this post looking for news of Shamil Basayev’s ABC interview, check out my brief...

Shamil Basayev interview on British tv

Shamil Basayev interview on British tv

Update:  This post refers to Shamil Basayev’s interview with Channel 4 news in February 2005.  If you are coming to this post looking for news of Shamil Basayev’s ABC interview, check out my brief...

Weekly News #7

Weekly News #7

This week’s news highlights (or lowlights, depending on your point of view) include Putin’s popularity falling to an all time low, lots of good news for the economy, the US and Germany both crawling...

What a cool birthday present!

What a cool birthday present!

Finally it’s over!  In a tense three-way fight to the finish to the First European Weblog Awards, Siberian Light scraped home in the Best CIS Blog category a mere 7 votes ahead of The...