Now that I’m back to blogging more regularly, I thought it was about time to resurrect the weekly roundup of my favourite posts from around the Russia blogs. Rather than keep calling it by its original dull name (Russia Blog Roundup), I thought it was time for a cool and dynamic new name.
So, without further ado, I present you This Week in Russia Blogs (TWiRB!) #1…
My two favourite posts from this week both come from Mark Adomanis over at the Russia Hand blog. He counters those who argue that Russian Foreign Policy is motivated by an authoritarian regime’s hatred of Western democracy by pointing out that Russian foreign policy over the past decade has been consistently based on “a persistent and robust defense of Russia’s interests”. Mark talks mostly about Russia’s relations with Israel and Tajikistan, but it’s something that applies to pretty much every Russian foreign policy – take Russia’s policy towards Syria as another recent example.
In a later post, Mark also goes on to note that current US policy towards Russia isn’t really a threat at all to the current Russian regime, and that Russia’s assertive foreign policy pronouncements over the past week or so are actually more aimed at the Russian domestic audience than the United States.
A few related posts that are worth reading come from:
- Brian Whitmore at The Power Vertical who notes in horror (not really) that Medvedev was caught telling the truth about the real reason for Russia’s war with Georgia
- from Putinania, who links Medvedev’s recent statements to United Russia’s falling poll numbers and
- from Vadim Nikitin at Foreign Policy Blog who explains how Putin is pandering to Russian nationalists.
Other top Russia blog posts that caught my eye this week are:
- Actually, not quite Russia, but a great post nonetheless at Registan.net from a volunteer who has to leave Kazakhstan because the Peace Corps is closing its operation there. (Scroll down to read the 117 comments on the story)
- A Good Treaty asks whether the hope vested in Russian internet activists is a Runet delusion
- Neeka takes a trip down memory lane and posts some 2004 pictures from Keiv’s Maidan Square
- The Kremlin Stooge is grumpy because people are over-hyping emigration from Russia.
- In Far From Moscow’s music corner we have Pathetic Records – Apparently the Worst Label in the World
- A complete guide to saying thankyou in Russian. Be polite – go on, you know it makes sense.
- Russian cabbage pie! For those cold, winter nights.
And, finally, lets finish off with a nice animated video that tells the tale of the Valdai Bells, courtesy of Russian History Blog.
Well, that’s your lot for this week. If you think I’ve missed any really good blog posts about Russia let me know in the comments below.