Monthly Archive: October 2008

Google barred from buying Russian advertising company

Google barred from buying Russian advertising company

In an interesting piece of protectionism, Google’s bid to buy Begun, the advertising arm of Russian search engine company Rambler Media, has been blocked by the Russian competition regulator. Russia is the only European...

Russia Blog Roundup – 24 October

Russia Blog Roundup – 24 October

Since the summer I’ve been putting together roundups of my the most interesting blog posts I’ve read about Russia in the previous month. But, the problem with monthly roundups is that there are hundreds...

Bigga than Ben: The Russians’ Guide to Ripping Off London

Bigga than Ben: The Russians’ Guide to Ripping Off London

There seems to have been a bit of a glut of films about Russians in London recently. Partly, I suppose because of the simple fact that Russians are in London in huge numbers, partly...

Russia Blog Roundup – October

Russia Blog Roundup – October

If you’ve not been keeping up with the Russia blogs recently, this is your chance to gorge yourself on some of the best writing about Russia you’ll see. This month’s roundup of Russia blogs...

Putin gets a Tiger for his Birthday

Putin gets a Tiger for his Birthday

Sometimes I think I’ve seen every bonkers story Russia has to throw at me.  Then I find out that someone has given Vladimir Putin a tiger cub for his 56th birthday. Old softie that...

The Soviet bailout of Iceland

The Soviet bailout of Iceland

Following on from my post below about Russia’s bailout of Iceland, I found out today that Iceland has been bailed out of a tight economic corner by Russia before – well, to be more...

Russia bails out Iceland.  Media reacts in horror.

Russia bails out Iceland. Media reacts in horror.

When I heard the news earlier today that Russia is about to loan Iceland $5.4 billion (the equivalent of 1/3 of Iceland’s GDP) to bail out the financially crippled country’s ailing banks, I thought...

Back to basics

Back to basics

If you’re reading this post on the Siberian Light site, rather than by RSS, you’ll notice things look a little different around here. The magazine format that I’ve been using for nearly a year...