Monthly Archive: July 2005

Yeltsin’s political comeback

Yeltsin’s political comeback

CXW posts some amusing speculation about who might become Russia’s next President at registan.net and comes up with a surprising candidate – Boris Yeltsin. WTF?  Well, quoting Sergei Markov in RIA Novosti: "Oligarchs, who...

More bombs in London

More bombs in London

Two weeks after the first bombing, four more terrorist bombs have exploded in London, three on the tube, one on a bus.  Only, this time, the explosions seem to have been only detonators, with...

Russia’s falling population

Russia’s falling population

Check out A Fistful of Euros for a huge (and I mean HUGE) and in depth discussion of Russia’s demographics, particularly it’s rapidly decreasing population.  A wide-ranging discussion, it covers scientific theories (complete with...

Ukraine abolishes traffic police

Ukraine abolishes traffic police

Ukraine’s President Yushchenko has entirely abolished the country’s traffic police.  Yes, that’s right, there are no traffic police on the roads of Kiev today.  Konstantin reports: For what I know from guys at our...

Belarus, Russia involved in Ivory Coast sanctions busting?

Belarus, Russia involved in Ivory Coast sanctions busting?

Despite an international arms embargo affecting both government and rebel forces, it appears that military equipment from the Former Soviet Union is still managing to make its way into the Ivory Coast, the Telegraph...

Property investment in Moscow

Property investment in Moscow

Buy to let is a craze that has swept the United Kingdom over the last few years, as the economy has boomed.  Buy a house or flat (apartment), let it out at enough to...

HIV in the Russian army

HIV in the Russian army

No sooner do I finish posting the last entry (HIV abuses in Russia’s Medical System) than I come across this Moscow Times article about Russian Army concerns about the high level of draftees that...

Ukrainian economy slumps

Ukrainian economy slumps

Despite making the reform of corrupt business and attracting foreign investment central to his public policy pronouncements, Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko must be more than a little worried by the economy’s latest growth figures:...

Censorship of English language Russian media?

Censorship of English language Russian media?

David McDuff points to what he sees as a trend towards censorship of English language translations of Russian media reports. With the Kremlin’s increasing stranglehold on the flow of information out of Russia, it’s...

US military bases – the economic impact

US military bases – the economic impact

Intel Dump has a post about US basing strategy which, as part of its argument repeats a claim that the US base in Manas, Kyrgyzstan, contributes so heavily to the local economy that it...