Monthly Archive: January 2007

British police complete Litvinenko investigation

British police complete Litvinenko investigation

So, the breaking news is that British police have completed their investigation into the death of Alexander Litvinenko.  The key quote from the police: “(The Metropolitan Police) has this morning handed a file to the...

Quick links

Quick links

I was off work sick yesterday, so spent some time catching up on my blog reading.  Here is my idiosyncratic pick of the past few days’ blog posts: Glowing Georgians and Radioactive Russians wins...

Joseph Nye – what Russia is doing wrong

Joseph Nye (the soft power guy) offers up four reasons why Russia will not be a major power in 2020: They are failing to diversify away from energy and develop a broad based economy...

Yabloko barred from St Petersburg election

Yabloko, one of the few anti-establishment parties in Russia with a national profile, have been barred from participating in the upcoming election for the St Petersburg city legislature.  The St Petersburg Times reports: The...

Rest in Peace

Rest in Peace

Aussiegirl, author of the blog Ultima Thule, died at the weekend of cancer at the age of 59.  A prolific, witty and insightful blogger, she wrote about almost everything under the sun, but always somehow seemed...

British police want to question more witnesses in Moscow

British police want to question more witnesses in Moscow

British police have submitted a request to the Russian Prosecutor General to return to Moscow and interview more people in relation to the death of Alexander Litvinenko.  The request comes (not at all co-incidentally, I’m...

Russian Winter Festival

To celebrate Old New Year’s Eve, I dropped by the Russian Winter Festival, held in Trafalgar Square, London this afternoon. Lots of music, dancing, and even an appearance by Grandfather Frost himself. Full size...

Russian police want to interview 100 people in London

Russian police want to interview 100 people in London

Russian police have asked to interview more than 100 people and to search dozens of properties, as they seek to take their investigation into Alexander Litvinenko’s polonium poisoning forward. Deputy Prosecutor General Alexander Zvyagintsev...

Russia’s 8th richest man arrested in “Pimping case”

Russia’s 8th richest man arrested in “Pimping case”

Billionaire Mikhail Prokhorov has been arrested by French police in a sex scandal involving alleged prostitutes. Prokhorov is Russia’s tenth richest man, with a 54.8% stake in Norilsk Nickel. None of the press agencies...