After a few weeks sunning myself on the beach, it’s time to get back to writing about cold, cold Russia, and to deliver your regular weekly roundup of the best Russia blog posts. And it’s certainly been a busy week as one blogger (Josefina at Transparent’s Russian language blog) says her goodbyes and another (Sean of Sean’s Russia Blog) returns with an overview post explaining how Imperial Russian politics relates to today’s modern Russian politics.
But that’s only the tip of the iceberg. Also in the past seven days:
- Jennifer Eremeeva gets her wrist slapped for daring to publish humorous thoughts on her adopted country.
- Russian politicians sure know how to celebrate victory, says Julia Ioffe (in a not entirely SFW post)
- A Good Treaty, meanwhile points out that Russia’s real opposition are the Communists (definitely no sexy celebrations from these guys)
- Global Voices report on reaction to the Russian worm that turned… up in a Kremlin salad and review the Battle of the Calendars (erotic vs political).
- Two interesting news snippets from Russian Marketer – first Yandex release their report on contextual advertising in Russia, and second, Mail.ru are set for an IPO in London next week; they’re looking to sell 15% of the company for around $750 million.
- Patrick Armstrong posts his weekly Russian Federation Weekly Sitrep.
- Anatoly’s been busy developing the Karlin Corruption Index, a counterpoint to his Karlin Freedom Index.
- More academic research reporting at Vaviblog – they’re focusing on Pavlosk’s Potato Problems
- In a week that Siberian Light reports on the London Russian Film Festival, we also post a comprehensive list of Russian Bond girls and also a not very comprehensive list of Russian actors working in Hollywood.
- La Russophobe reports that IKEA, the largest single investor in Russia seems to be scaling down the level of its investment. How much is due to general economic uncertainty and how much is due to problems with Russian bureaucracy is uncertain.
That’s it for now. Back in about 168 hours.