Monthly Archive: May 2007

Russia tests new missile

Russia test fired a new ICBM yesterday.   As you would expect, the western press – particularly in the UK – are muttering darkly about the new Cold War and a renewed arms race (see the...

British diplomats and activists attacked in Russia

This weekend marked yet another not particularly glorious episode in Russo-British relations, as one diplomat and two (well known) British gay rights activists were attacked in separate incidents. First in line for a battering...

Where is Mosnews?

Where is Mosnews?

Update, April 2009: After almost two years, Mosnews has returned from the dead! Anyone know what’s up with Mosnews recently? As far as I can tell, they’ve only posted one news story since the...

Britain to charge Lugovoi for murder of Litvinenko, calls for extradition

Britain to charge Lugovoi for murder of Litvinenko, calls for extradition

The British Director for Public Prosecutions today announced that he intended to charge Andrei Lugovoi with the murder of Alexander Litvinenko, and called for him to be extradited from Russia: I have today concluded...

More tracking of who is the top dog Russia blog

More tracking of who is the top dog Russia blog

The latest attempt to quantify which Russia Blog is the biggest, bestest and most popular is underway at Krusenstern (link removed as page has since been deleted), and predictably provoking controversy beyond belief. Here...

Almost half of Russians think election will be fixed

Almost half of Russians think election will be fixed

Almost half of Russian voters think that this year’s parliamentary elections will be marred by fraud, and will not reflect the will of the people, is the key finding of a suvey by the...

Will the EU say to Russia: “Three strikes and you’re out”?

Will the EU say to Russia: “Three strikes and you’re out”?

By my count, this is the third time in the past five years that Russia has cut off oil supplies to a European Union member state to make a political point. Russia cut off...

Russia stops oil exports to Estonia

Someone in the Kremlin clearly has their creative hat on today as, in order to punish Estonia for daring to oppose the mighty Russia, the railway line into Estonia has been mysteriously closed for...

Maria Sharapova’s top 10 partners

Maria Sharapova’s top ten mixed doubles partners, that is: 10. Orlando Bloom 9. Bono 8. Yao Ming 7. Lebron James 6. Adam Scott 5. Christiano Ronaldo 4. Prince William 3. President Putin 2. James...