Monthly Archive: August 2005

Chinese tourists to travel to Russia visa free

Chinese tourists to travel to Russia visa free

According to RIA Novosti, from tomorrow Chinese tourists will no longer need visas when they visit Russia on an organised tour. According to Shengeliya, 1.7 million Russians visited China in 2004, while 800,000 Chinese...

Do you have a ‘Big Russian Soul’?

Do you have a ‘Big Russian Soul’?

I’m embarrassed to say that I took the test, and I most definitely do not have a Big Russian Soul. Your so-called "soul" earned 0 out of five troika matreshki. You are utterly devoid...

Russia to stop supplying cheap oil and gas to CIS

Russia to stop supplying cheap oil and gas to CIS

According to this Moscow Times report, the Russian government has decided that it should no longer supply gas and oil to Former Soviet states at a discounted rate. "As market reforms proceed in our...

Khodorkovsky on dry hunger strike

Khodorkovsky on dry hunger strike

News is beginning to break that Mikhail Khodorkovsky is on a dry hunger strike – he is refusing all food and water – in support of his jailed colleague Platon Lebedev.  Lebedev, who is...

More on Kalmyk-Chechen conflicts

More on Kalmyk-Chechen conflicts

On Friday I wrote briefly about a brewing conflict between Chechens and Kalmyks in the Buddhist Russian Republic of Kalmykia, promising to update when I got back from my weekend away.  Well, judging by...

Russia to join forces with European Space Agency

Russia to join forces with European Space Agency

Russia and the European Space Agency (ESA) could be working together to develop the Kliper (Clipper) space shuttle. It’s all but official�Russia and Europe will soon embark on a cooperative effort to build a...

Bad Moscow experiences

Bad Moscow experiences

A couple of bloggers write about their negative experiences – mostly with scams – in Moscow: Aaron, at 110 Lines of Longitude encountered the "wad of bills" scam first hand: Then the really bad...

Vladimir ‘Boom-Boom’ Putin

Vladimir ‘Boom-Boom’ Putin

President Putin has been playing at being a fly-boy: President Vladimir Putin, sitting in the pilot’s seat, broke the sound barrier Tuesday as he flew in a long-range bomber to a Northern Fleet outpost...

Russian – Chinese Wargames

Russian – Chinese Wargames

A joint Chinese-Russian military exercise is underway in the Russian Far East, the first between the two countries.  10,000 personnel are involved in an operation that is said to be one of humanitarian assistance:...

Cyrillic vs Latin: Battle of the Alphabets

Cyrillic vs Latin: Battle of the Alphabets

Via Laurence Jarvik I found this article by Sam Vaknin.  He wants Russia to abandon the cyrillic alphabet and switch to a latin one because, he argues, holding on to an archaic and over-complicated...