· March, 2006

Stories about Russia from March, 2006

Belarus: Ignore What Seems Like a New “Gas War”

  31 March 2006

VW at TOL's Belarus Blog advises on how to react to what seems like the beginning of a new “gas war,” this time between Russia and Belarus: “Simply pay no attention. Think about those who suffered these weeks.”

China: trans-Asian oil pipeline

  31 March 2006

Regarding an oil pipeline planned to link Russia and China, with a branch extending through Pakistan into India, the Our Silk Road blogger suggests the old Silk Road could very well be renamed the new Oil Road. “A lucrative idea with a great deal of wheeling and dealing left to...

Russia: Putin Plagiarized His Dissertation

  29 March 2006

W. Shedd of The Accidental Russophile and Alex(ei) of The Russian Dilettante's Weblog discuss Vladimir Putin's plagiarized dissertation: “What was Putin doing in 1997? If I am not mistaken, he was vice mayor of St. Petersburg. For some reason, he decided on getting a PhD […]. What would the typical...

Russia: Soviet Humor

  27 March 2006

Lyndon of Scraps of Moscow translates a Soviet-time joke on how people in the West viewed people in the Soviet Union. The joke's still relevant today.

Russia: “Seven Sisters” – Part 2

  24 March 2006

Digenis posts part 2 of a series on Moscow's Stalin-era skyscrapers, the Seven Sisters. “The exact number of apartments [in the building on Kotelnicheskaya Naberezhnaya] has been rather difficult to track down. […] anywhere from 344 to ‘about 800′.”

Russia: Valenki Factory

  23 March 2006

W. Shedd of The Accidental Russophile links to an article about one of Russia's business success stories: a valenki factory in a small town on the Volga River.

Russia: Attack on Litvinovich

  21 March 2006

Lyndon of Scraps of Moscow reports on tonight's attack on the Russian opposition activist Marina Litvinovich, who serves as an advisor to Garry Kasparov and is also chief editor of the BeslanTruth website.

Russia: Train Rides

  15 March 2006

Tim Newman of White Sun of the Desert writes about a typical train journey in Russia: boiled eggs and endless conversations are the most common features. Also, for a male foreigner, motherly attention of female compartment-mates, which would be considered rude in the West but are a norm in Russia.

Russia: “Seven Sisters” – Part 1

  14 March 2006

Digenis has begun an 11-part series on the history of the the Seven Sisters, the Moscow skyscrapers built in the 1950s, which are considered to be “the epitome of Stalinist Architecture and Socialist Classicism.”

Russia: Bulgakov

  14 March 2006

W. Shedd of The Accidental Russophile writes about Mikhail Bulgakov, his work, and a TV series based on one of his most famous novels that has made the sales of the book itself soar.

Russia: Moscow Subway in 2100

  14 March 2006

LJ user Petya Favorov reproduces a map of the Moscow subway that shows what it might look like by the year 2100. Some commenters (RUS) agree that it is more or less realistic.

Russia: Folk Tales and Mushroom Lore

  14 March 2006

Novgorod-based RUBLog (recently renamed into Travel Russia!) links to a site featuring Russian folk tales in English, including the one about Sadko, a bard from Novgorod. The Accidental Russophile links to a site dedicated to the “Russian mushroom lore” and reproduces several well-known Russian folk tale illustrations.

Russia: Unreliable Police

  14 March 2006

Alex(ei) of The Russian Dilettante's Weblog writes about Russian citizens’ mistrust of the police.

Russia: Cold Spring

  14 March 2006

Lyndon of Scraps of Moscow quotes his St. Petersburg friend on what spring feels like: “It's very cold everywhere, we drink tea mixed with vodka and minimaze [sic] our moving around the city.” Snowsquare.com posts pictures of ice sculpture in the garden of one of Moscow's banks.

Russia: “Preved, omerekancheg!”

  13 March 2006

A Chicago-based LJ user angstzeit encounters a Russian-speaking bear and through a flashmob of Russian commenters learns about the Preved!-mania. John Lurie's original drawing; hundreds of followups at ru_preved LJ community; Preved! CafePress.com stuff; lots of Russian slang and obsceneties; a Cold War between the Preved Bear and the O...