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!