Update: In my rush to get this published yesterday, I completely forgot to mention that Poemless has made a magnificent return to the European Tribune with this cracking roundup of observations about Russia. BTW – sorry about the bookmarks thing, Poemless!
Apologies for the lack of a blog roundup last week – life was a little hectic. To make up for it, here’s a bumper roundup of great Russia blog posts from the past fortnight.
- Mat Rodina writes of Russia’s Toilets – Our National Shame. If you read nothing else this week – read this. “Toilets, you see, say everything about the relationship of the people with themselves and others and what they expect from their governments and on how much the government cares about its people.”
- Continuing this theme, I’m sure you will all be thrilled to hear that La Russophobe has passed 1 million visitors.
- Recipe of the week is Golubtsy: “stands for meat (any meat) wrapped in a cabbage leaf and then stewed. Yummy!”
- My tribute to this week’s Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow – Every Russian Eurovision Video, Ever.
- Chris, from Two-Zero’s Diary has an article on CNN – Living Sex and the City in Moscow.
- The Expatresse has been visiting Belka and Strelka, the two Soviet cosmo-mutts that spent a day in space in 1960 (they’re now stuffed and on display in the space museum)
- What would happen if Eastern European countries had Facebook accounts?
- To celebrate it’s 100th issue, Russian Life has published the top 10 Russian novels, the top 10 Russian short stories, and the top 20 Russian films (interesting how many films there are from the 1970s – a golden age of Soviet cinema?)
- The Russian President casts his eye over the top Russian brides – those “whose most valuable dowry is important connections, in addition to financial assets and classy looks.”
- Russia Deputies trying to ban LOLSpeak (aka Oblanian)? Or, to put it another way – ‘Russian Deputies on fast track to looking stupid.’
- Kendrick White reports on his meeting with a spectacularly unambitious Russian businessman.
- Rick Docksai wonders whether any conflict in Georgia will spill over into Armenia and Azerbaijan.
- The Jamestown Foundation blog reports on NATO’s decision to expel two Russian diplomats.
- German MP Marieluise Beck attending the Khodorkovsky trail and wrote about her Impressions of a Show Trial. Robert Amsterdam has the English translation.
Finally, a little video to cheer you up, courtesy of the Russian President, who would like you remind you that his hero Vova Rules.