Monthly Archive: April 2005

Weekly News #19

Weekly News #19

In the last seven days: President Putin gave a rambling and largely pointless speech to the nation, ex-Yukos boss Mikhail Khodorkovsky was told he must wait until after George Bush has visited before his...

Putin’s State of the Nation address

Putin’s State of the Nation address

President Vladimir Putin presented his annual State of the Nation address yesterday( transcript here).  The content of the address has been somewhat obscured by the rather inflammatory ‘money’ quote: "Above all, we should acknowledge...

Weekly News #18

Weekly News #18

Hogging the news this week are Condoleezza Rice’s visit to Moscow and Donald Rumsfeld’s visit to the Azerbaijan and Kyrgyzstan.  Someone whacked Garry Kasparov over the head with a chessboard, too. Domestic A new...

Russian infantry

Russian infantry

eDefenseonline takes a look at how European forces are developing, or in Russia’s case, not developing 21st century infantry programmes to fight in the low-level conflicts prevalent today.  Despite 25 years of real combat...

Low morale in the Russian military

Low morale in the Russian military

Pavel Felgenhauer’s always excellent defense column in the Moscow Times notes that the army is dissatisfied with Russia’s government: Last week, newspapers discussed the results of secret opinion polls made by the Defense Ministry...

Siberian Super-Region

Siberian Super-Region

Residents of three Siberian regions voted overwhelmingly this weekend to merge into one super-region. The new region, made up of Krasnoyarsk, Evenki and Taimyr, will be six times the population of Germany, but with...

Kasparov hit over head with chessboard

Kasparov hit over head with chessboard

Yes, you read the title right.  Kasparov was busy signing chessboards for fans – like you do when you’re a former world chess chamption – when one of them turned around and bashed him...

Weekly News #17

Weekly News #17

As another week draws to a close – on a Wednesday, of all days – it is time to investigate what’s been happening since the last week ended – also, co-incidentally, on a Wedesday. ...

Union?

Union?

Following last week’s meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko, many observers – myself included – chose to make fun of the way in which Lukashenko related or, rather,...

Former FSB General killed

Former FSB General killed

Anatoly Trofimov, a former Colonel-General who headed the FSB’s Moscow region during the Yeltsin presidency, was assassinated on Sunday. His wife died in hospital today of her injuries.  The most widely circulated motivation for...