Monthly Archive: August 2005

Transcript of Basayev’s ABC interview

Transcript of Basayev’s ABC interview

Chechenpress has just published a copy of the transcript of ABC’s interview with Shamil Basayev (note: site no longer exists, so link removed). It makes hideous reading, particularly Basayev’s delusional comments (whether he believes...

More on Khodorkovsky “will he won’t he?”

More on Khodorkovsky “will he won’t he?”

Lyndon has been writing more about Mikhail Khodorkovsky, and the speculation over whether he will – indeed, whether he can – run for a seat on the State Duma.  Lyndon’s opinion is that he...

Khodorkovsky to stand for election?

Khodorkovsky to stand for election?

Jailed Yukos boss Mikhail Khodorkovsky has announced that he is considering standing for election to the State Duma in an upcoming by-election. "I  am absolutely confident that they will not allow me to run....

RIA Novosti’s Iraq office raided after interviewing Iraqi opposition

RIA Novosti’s Iraq office raided after interviewing Iraqi opposition

Hmmm, so after all the stink that the Russian government kicked up over the ABC decision to air their Shamil Basayev interview it certainly is… interesting… to note that RIA Novosti had no qualms...

Russian submariners rescued

Russian submariners rescued

As I mentioned at the tail-end of yesterday’s post (here), the Russian Priz mini submarine stranded on the floor of the Pacific Ocean has been rescued.  All seven crewmembers are reported to be in...

Russian sub still trapped – rescue underway

Russian sub still trapped – rescue underway

A Russian mini-submarine with a full complement of seven sailors remains trapped on the floor of the Pacific ocean for a second day.  The Russian Navy has reportedly begun its rescue mission, attaching cables...

Another fine day for Russia’s Navy

Another fine day for Russia’s Navy

Russian Navy Sinks Flagship With Parade Mine: The Neukrotimy (“Indomitable”) arrived in St. Petersburg for celebrations to mark Russian Navy Day on July 26. On July 30, it suddenly submerged below its waterline, collecting...

Russia withdraws first troops from Georgia

Russia withdraws first troops from Georgia

Following an agreement in May, Russia has finally begun withdrawing from its Georgian base at Batumi.  The first convoy of troops and equipment left on Saturday.  Befitting any Russian military action, all has not...

Fallout from ABC Basayev interview

Fallout from ABC Basayev interview

ABC’s decision to nationally screen an interview with Shamil Basayev on Nightline last week (see here for details) has caused a furore in Russia, prompting the Russian Foreign Ministry to call the US embassy’s...