Monthly Archive: December 2006

Turkmenistan President dies

Turkmenistan President dies

The breaking news this morning is that Turkmenistan’s oddball dictator / President Saparmurat Niyazov died of a heart attack late last night. The news was announced on state television, over the image of a...

Google struggles in Russian internet market

Google struggles in Russian internet market

Despite being founded by a Russian, Google is only the eighth largets search engine in Russia: Leading the pack was Yandex, a privately held Russian search engine that was visited by 64 percent of...

Demonstrations in Moscow

Demonstrations in Moscow

This weekend saw three major demonstrations in Moscow. An anti-Putin dissenters march, which drew about 2,000 demonstrators, including Garry Kasparov.  The were outnumbered four to one by 8,000 police, who earned their money by...

Belarus-Russia relations sour over gas deal

Belarus-Russia relations sour over gas deal

It looks as if relations between Belarus and Russia are becoming increasingly strained, as reports come through that no agreement has been reached on the future of gas prices.  Although there has been no...

Don’t Mess with Russia

The best cover I’ve seen from the Economist since their depiction of Kim Jong-Il as the Rocket Man. Given the lack of hard evidence available to Russia watchers, their conclusion couldn’t be more accurate:...

Two post-Soviet elections

It’s been a busy weekend for post-Soviet election watchers with not one, but two elections taking place – a referendum on a new constitution in Nagorno-Karabakh, and a Presidential election in Transdniester. Nagorno Karabah...

Hospital fire kills 45 women

Hospital fire kills 45 women

Yet another massive fire in Russia, and yet again dozens of people are killed because of the Russian fascination for restricting entry and exit to buildings. The latest victims: 45 women in a drug...

Ukraine, two years on

The quite excellent Europhobia has also had a re-launch of sorts in the past few weeks. He’s shifted his focus back to broader European issues, resulting in posts like this second-and-a-bit anniversary of the...

Gaidar poisoned by enemies of Russia

In a report that will surprise many, former Russian Prime Minister Yegor Gaidar has concluded that he was poisoned by enemies of Russia: Most likely […] some obvious or hidden adversaries of the Russian...