Monthly Archive: May 2005

France says ‘Non’ – Russia’s reaction

France says ‘Non’ – Russia’s reaction

There have been some interesting reactions coming out of Moscow after France’s decision this weekend to reject the new EU constitution. President Putin himself, has wisely not shared his own opinion with the world...

Siberian Forest fires increasing

Siberian Forest fires increasing

The Guardian today reports on the increasing threat that Siberian forest fires are causing to the global environment. Fires in the Siberian forests – the largest in the world and vital to the planet’s...

China to send troops to Kyrgyzstan

China to send troops to Kyrgyzstan

Liu Jianchao, a spokesman from the Chinese Foreign Ministry, has reportedly said that China will "seriously consider" sending troops to Kyrgyzstan, RIA Novosti reports today.  The same report though goes on to say that...

Blogging Mongolia

Blogging Mongolia

New Mongolia – blogging from the saddle to provide you with all your nomadic camel riding blogging needs.  Well, perhaps not quite the blogging from the saddle bit.  Or the camels, either.  But it’s...

Eurovision 2005 – Kiev

Eurovision 2005 – Kiev

Last night’s Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev was a spectacular success, despite earlier concerns that dodgy dealings over ticket sales might spoil the event. From my perspective (sitting in London watching it on tv)...

Khodorkovsky verdict adjourned – again

Khodorkovsky verdict adjourned – again

We’re now two days into the reading of the verdict against Mikhail Khodorkovsky, and the judge has had to adjourn again.  Khodorkovsky remains in the legal limbo called (by me) "mostly guilty". In the...

Beslan trial – an opportunity

Beslan trial – an opportunity

The trial of Nur-Pashi Kulayev begins today.  Kulayev was the sole surviving member of the group of terrorists that took hostage and killed hundreds of children in a Beslan school last September.  That Kulayev...

Report on Meeting with President Bush and Civil Society Organizations

Report on Meeting with President Bush and Civil Society Organizations

On May 9th, US President George W Bush met with representatives of Russian civil society in Moscow.  One of those representatives was Elena Malitskaya, Preisdent of the Siberian Civic Initiatives Support Center.  Here she...

Carnival of the Revolutions II

Carnival of the Revolutions II

Welcome to Siberian Light for the second weekly Carnival of the Revolutions, where we aim to give you a sampling of how democracy is marching forwards (and sometimes backwards) in the world today.  Global...

Unrest in Uzbekistan

Unrest in Uzbekistan

Protests on Friday in the Eastern Uzbek town of Andijan (Andizhan) have turned into a major flashpoint, with at least ten, possibly more than fifty, dead after a clash between troops and protestors.  Despite...