Monthly Archive: June 2007

Fractures within the Russian opposition?

Fractures within the Russian opposition?

In a must read article, Global Voices reports on some of the fractures in the broad Russian opposition. Maria Gaidar was prevented from addressing the crowd by, allegedly, Eduard Limonov, leader of the National...

90% of Russians drink anti-freeze

A BBC poll reported that 90% of Russians regularly drink anti-freeze.  But not all was as it seemed.  Russian bloggers, taking exception to a Russian language BBC article about alcohol abuse in Izhevsk, decided to...

Military deaths rise and fall

More Russian servicemen are dying in combat this year than last, but overall deaths in the armed forces have fallen: Battle casualties in the Russian Armed Forces continue to rise. They accounted for only...

Moscow – world’s most expensive city

If you’re an expatriate worker, the most expensive city in the world to live in is… Moscow. Don’t believe me? Take a look at the numbers: A luxury 2-bedroom appartment will set you back...

A map of the Russia-US anti-missile dispute

This beautiful map from Kommersant graphically demonstrates why Russia is concerned about the proposed US anti-missile system in Poland and the Czech republic. If the US plan goes ahead as expected, high powered radars...

Putin offers to work on joint missile shield

Putin offers to work on joint missile shield

So, after spending the past few weeks ratcheting up the pressure, Putin has made an about turn and offered to work on a ‘joint’ missile shield with the United States. Details of exactly how...

Mosnews – RIP

Mosnews – RIP

Update, April 2009: After an almost two year break, Mosnews has returned from the dead. Last month I reported that the Mosnews website was no longer being updated with new stories. Sadly, it looks...

Australia to export Uranium to Russia

Australia and Russia have signed a deal allowing Australia to supply uranium to Russian nuclear reactors. Initially this struck me as rather odd – I’d always assumed that Russia was pretty much self-sufficient when it...