Hooray! It’s time again for a roundup of the best blog posts about Russia from the past week. I hope you enjoy reading. If you do, please tell other people about it. Twitter, Facebook, email, a blog post of your own, whatever’s your poison…
Anyway, on to the good stuff.
- The simple ideas are always the best – Russian Sphinx compares the TweetClouds of Presidents Medvedev and Obama.
- The Kremlin Stooge writes about the West’s Hate Hate relationship with Skolkovo (in case you’ve been hiding under a fake rock, that’s Medvedev’s pet techno-city)
- US shilly-shallying over START inspires editorials from Russia Blog and La Russophobe.
- If you’re a Nashi activist who lacks inspiration, for God’s sake plagiarise someone other than Goebbels!
- Putin got a Puppy! Cue the Return of Vovomania!
- Eugene Ivanov wonders if the Republicans success signals a midterm correction or a reset of America’s relations with Russia.
- Two updates from Vaviblog about the precarious position of the Pavlosk Experiment Station – Pavlosk’s Cherries and Pavlovsk Awaits Change in Law
- Robert Amsterdam on Sergei Magnitsky and Russia’s Opportunity Cost.
- Two for the geeks from Russian Marketer – РФ (RF) domain names are available, and Google has released a Cyrillic font collection
- Korolev, Russia – where Kyle and Sveta, of Windows to Russia fame, live.
- Tim writes more in his series on doing business in Russia -Part 3 covers Russian bureaucracy (there’s quite a bit apparently) and Part 4 covers the challenge of buying stuff legally.
- Streetwise Professor wonders why Transneft wants to never be privatised, and concludes its because crooked vampires don’t like to see the sun.
- If you’re looking for a slightly less bloggy roundup of the past week, may I refer you to the always excellent Russian Federation Weekly Sitrep?
- News about journalists in Russia being assaulted is on the wane. Perhaps they’re all pondering asylum in Finland. Historians, on the other hand, aren’t faring so well.
- Over at Sublime Oblivion, the “indefatigable” Sergey Slobodyan guest posts about the dying art of reporting demographics (did you see what I did there? Ho, ho ho.)
- Which leads me on to – Grandfather Frost’s Birthday – it was this week – hope you sent him a card. (I never spent Christmas in Russia. Does he say ‘ho, ho ho!’? Probably not.)
- “What’s the difference between spray-painting a gigantic penis on a St Petersburg drawbridge and overturning a couple of police cars?”, asks Vadim Nikitin. About five years, if you’re protesting about corruption.
And, finally! What better way to leave you than with a hello!
There is a report (in The Times: “Russian secret squad killed Red Cross staff in Chechnya” that the killing of six Red Cross workers in Chechnya in December 1996 at Novye Atagi was by the FSB. This comes from Major Aleksi Potyomkin, one of those involved who is hiding with his family in Germany trying to defect.
Apparently the group was on a search and destroy mission looking for particular chechens when they spotted a rebel group very near the Red Cross center (with no red crosses on it apparently) and stormed in mob handed. Quelle cockup.