Russia Blog Roundup – 27 May
It’s been another bumper week for great blog posts about Russia. No more introduction needed. Just make yourself a cup of coffee, click on the links, and read.
- Sean’s brilliant history of Lenin’s Suit.
- Mike Averko’sCommentary on the Former Moldavian SSR appears at Russia Blog.
- Soviet Russia tells the tale of three Soviet sailors, stranded at sea for 49 days, only to be rescued by their Cold War enemies. The post is in Spanish – here’s an English translation.
- Josefina is a published author. In Russian!
- Russia Blog has hit an impressive 1,050 blog posts and promise that: “After a brief break in posting new articles, were back to offer you unique and exciting commentary on Russias politics, economy, and culture.”
- In a post picked up by Johnson’s Russia List, Anatoly argues that Russia’s demographic resurgence is going to weather the current economic storm.
- Kyle writes of the many, many emails he gets from expat Russians wanting to return home.
- The Eagle and the Bear reviews “Inhabited Island 2”. Star Wars, it ain’t.
- Robert Amsterdam profiles the Russian internet entrepreneurs who have just bought a 2% stake in Facebook for a cool $200 million.
- Russian Roulette in the medical literature from Mind Hacks. Did you know that the more tatoos and body piercings you have, the greater the chance that you will someday take part in a game of Russian Roulette?
- How the economic crisis has hit the St Petersburg suburb of Pikalevo.
- Does modern Russia’s diplomacy suffer from 19th Century imperial hangups? The Streetwise Professor certainly thinks so.
- The FCPA (that’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act to you and me) blog considers corruption in Russia.
- Rose Gottemoeller is going to run rings around Russia in the forthcoming arms control negotiations.
- Meet the Gopniks. Reminds me somewhat of Meet the Feebles.
- Otto is redoing his blogroll – if you link to him and want a link back, let him know.
- Is the Pravda forum really filled with “demonic anti-Semites and anti-Zionists”? I don’t know any more – it’s been a while since I visited the dark side.
- Russia! magazine are offering free advertising. Quick! Join the stampede!
- It’s not often I agree with La Russophobe, but it’s difficult to argue with her response to Russia’s decision to ban women from driving subway trains: Russia, Nation of Pigs.
- The Power Vertical finds green shoots of democracy “so miniscule that you need a magnifying glass to find them.”
- Award for most bonkers approach to democracy goes to Viewpoint Russia. “The recent ban of Gay parades in Moscow is a great example of democracy in practice. Why because the majority of people in Moscow, over 80%, (source institute Levada) oppose Gay rights on moral grounds, therefore to allow a gay parade in Moscow would be at total odds with the majority view and therefore would be totally and utterly undemocratic.” Presumably, more than 50% of Russians also oppose free speech.
- Misha points out that Russian equities are surging. Upwards.
- Did you know that the Soviet Union had an award for Growing Cannabis? This being the Soviet Union, there was even a natty little badge.
Phew. That’s it for this week. I’m off to practice my Soviet breakdancing skillz.