Monthly Archive: October 2005

Closed cities from the inside

Closed cities from the inside

Last week I wrote about the disgraceful number of closed cities in Russia, another of those leftovers from an anarchic age that Russia remains addicted to, despite (or perhaps because of) the restrictions it...

Russian-Indian military exercise begins

Russian-Indian military exercise begins

Hot on the heels of Russia’s recent military exercise with China (see here for details) 1,600 Russian troops, 9 airplanes and 5 warships are taking part in a military exercise with India. The exercise,...

UNESCO may designate Lake Baikal as “in danger”

UNESCO may designate Lake Baikal as “in danger”

The Moscow Times reports that UNESCO are becoming so concerned about the environmental safety of Lake Baikal that they are considering putting the Lake, already a World Heritage site, on their “in danger” list....

Closed cities and the Democratic Deficit

Closed cities and the Democratic Deficit

If you thought that the demise of the Soviet Union meant the demise of closed, or secret cities, then you’d be wrong. Today, it is thought that there are up to forty closed cities...

Russian visas and the cost of business

Russian visas and the cost of business

Have you ever wondered why small-medium sized businesses don’t seem all that keen on investing in Russia? The same reason that smaller domestic businesses generally don’t flourish in Russia – bureaucracy. The endless number...

Solider Nixon

Solider Nixon

What happens when you try to buy Russian literature in small town Queensland? So I asked the old half-deaf biddy in the second hand bookshop if she had any books by Solzhenitsyn. “Soldier Nixon,...