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Archive - 2005

2005

The Russians invented blogging

Oh, come on! Don’t tell me you thought blogging was a modern phenomenon. How foolish can you be? A Russian thought up the concept of blogging way back in 1837. Prince Vladimir Odoevsky, a science fiction writer...

Closed cities from the inside

Last week I wrote about the disgraceful number of closed cities in Russia, another of those leftovers from an anarchic age that Russia remains addicted to, despite (or perhaps because of) the restrictions it places on...

Solider Nixon

What happens when you try to buy Russian literature in small town Queensland? So I asked the old half-deaf biddy in the second hand bookshop if she had any books by Solzhenitsyn. “Soldier Nixon, I don’t...

Putin once again muddies waters on his future

Vladimir Putin once again managed to throw Kremlin watchers into a tizz, by giving another cryptic answer to the question of what he intends to do in 2008 when his second term as President runs out. Asked if there...

Khodorkovsky roundup

Mikhail Khodorkovsky, the former Yukos boss and now full-time jailbird, has been pretty busy over the past couple of weeks.  Yesterday saw the beginning of an appeal against his conviction for tax fraud and...

Russia demands OSCE reforms

OSCE delegates are considering a raft of Russian proposals to make the organisation ‘more effective.’  Russia effectively held a gun to the OSCE’s head a year ago, when it threatened to withold...

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