Monthly Archive: July 2007

Discussion: A New Cold War?

Discussion: A New Cold War?

“A New Cold War” is the latest International Affairs Forum debate.  “With talk of a new Cold War, and Russian President Vladimir Putin floating the possibility of aiming nuclear weapons at targets in Europe,...

Putin orders increase in spying and military budgets

Russia is to increase its military and intelligence spending again: “The situation in the world and internal political interests require the Foreign Intelligence Service to permanently increase its capabilities, primarily in the field of...

Great Russia denied registration as political party

Great Russia denied registration as political party

The Federal Registration Service has refused to register Great Russia as a political party. Some analysts had been predicting that Great Russia, founded earlier this year by Dmitry Rogozin, the former leader of Rodina, is a...

Henry Kissinger in talks with Putin

Last week Henry Kissinger led a delegation of US political big-hitters on an extremely low-profile mission to Russia. Kissinger and his team met with Vladimir Putin and an equally matched Russian delegation – led by former...

High heeled sprint in St Petersburg

According to Xinhua, more than 100 women took part in a high heeled sprint in St Petersburg at the weekend.  The minimum (minimum!) height of the heels was cool 9 centimetres.     The...

Russian Foreign Minister pulls Foreign Affairs article

Russian Foreign Minister pulls Foreign Affairs article

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has decided to pull an article from the next issue of the US-published Foreign Affairs journal. “As a result of the excruciating and sluggish exchanges with the editors, the...

Baltika beer in Britain

It looks like Baltika Beer are expanding into the British market in a big way, and it looks like conquering London is just the first phase of Baltika’s ambitious plans.  Not only did I...

Some advice for the Russian government

Some advice for the Russian government

Has anyone noticed that Russia has spent several days pondering its response to the British government decision to deport four of it’s embassy staff?  I’m beginning to suspect that, for once, Russia is playing...

Britain expels four Russian diplomats

Britain expels four Russian diplomats

The British government has expelled four Russian diplomats, in revenge for Russia’s refusal to extradite Andrei Lugovoi for the murder of Alexander Litvinenko (as predicted last week).  British Foreign Minister David Miliband told Parliament: “We...

Britain to expel Russian diplomats?

Britain to expel Russian diplomats?

The British press is full of rumours that a number of Russian diplomats are soon to be expelled from Britain, following Russia’s formal refusal to extradite Andrei Lugovoi to face charges of murdering Alexander...