Monthly Archive: July 2005

2008 Presidential election – an opening salvo?

2008 Presidential election – an opening salvo?

Former Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Kasyanov is the subject of a criminal investigation over an illegal property purchase.  Kasyanov, who was Prime Minister through almost all of Putin’s first term, has been strongly critical...

London bombings – some thoughts on the day after

London bombings – some thoughts on the day after

24 hours on, and life in London seems to be getting pretty much back to normal.  The transport network, with a few exceptions, is running pretty smoothly for short journeys in and out of...

Russian reaction to London blasts

Russian reaction to London blasts

Now I’m back home safely (thanks to all for your concern and kind words) lets get back to what this blog is all about – Russia or, for today at least, Russia’s reaction to...

Explosions in London – but I’m safe

Explosions in London – but I’m safe

Those of you who read this blog regularly will know that I’m based in London and no longer live anywhere near Siberia. There have been a number of explosions here in London today –...

Confessions of CCCP wearers

Confessions of CCCP wearers

In a tale that in many ways mirrors my own ‘spiritual t-shirt wearing development’, Tim Newman explains his attachment to his CCCP t-shirt: In some way I’m trying to project the image that I...

Russia’s big business / small business paradox

Russia’s big business / small business paradox

Tim Worstall, who runs a company that trades extensively in Russia, has a few observations on the Russian business climate, from the perspective of the smaller business owner: The annual global market for one...

Putin to re-nationalise vodka production

Putin to re-nationalise vodka production

In a bid to reduce the number of vodka related deaths in Russia, President Putin has suggested re-nationalising the vodka production industry.  This is in contrast to his ministers, who until recently, were trying...