Stories about Russia from January, 2007
Copydude writes about the sorry state of the Baltic ecology and about the amber mines of Kaliningrad.
Russia: Conversation With Litvinenko's Widow, Part 10
Part 10 of the conversation with Aleksandr Litvinenko's widow is translated and posted at A Step At A Time.
Poland: The Soviets’ Nuclear Arsenal
The beatroot writes about the “now unclassified documents which show that Poland was nothing more than a buffer to the West for the Soviets and one that they could afford to make into a nuclear desert!”
Russia: On Economy
The Russian Dilettante comments on Masha Lipman's recent column.
Russia: Litvinenko a Target
La Russophobe posts parts of a report from the Polish newspaper Dziennik on the use of Aleksandr Litvinenko's image for target practice by the FSB, and links to a video and photos.
Russia: Conversation With Litvinenko's Widow, Part 9
Translation of part 9 of the interview with Marina Litvinenko is posted at A Step At A Time.
Russia: Reaction to Ballistic Missile Defense
Vilhelm Konnander writes on Russia's reaction to the “US proposal to deploy a ballistic missile defence system to NATO-members Poland and the Czech Republic.”
Russia: Moscow's High-Rises
Russia Blog drives through Moscow's posh neighborhoods and posts the pictures.
Russia: Open Letter to a UK Reporter
Copydude writes an open letter to Justin Penrose, a UK Sunday Mirror reporter who has written on Aleksandr Litvinenko's death.
Russia: Conversation With Litvinenko's Widow, Parts 6-8
David McDuff of A Step At A Time continues with the Marina Litvinenko's interview translation: part 6, part 7, part 8.
Russia: Roma Wedding and Christmas
The flag of the Roma people. According to Wikipedia, it “was approved at the First World Romani Congress in 1971, held in London, UK. The flag consists of a background of dark blue and green, representing the heavens and earth, respectively. The flag also contains a red chakra, or spoked...
Russia: Cops vs Tourists
Russia Blogs warns tourists of some of the dangers of Russia travel: “But there is also a dark side to the extended holidays for unsuspecting travelers visiting Russia’s cities – namely, Russian cops shaking down foreigners for bribes because they lack valid stamps on their visas.”
Russia: “Kremlin, Inc.”
Robert Amsterdam scans and posts a 14-page New Yorker article on Russia, which is not yet available online (“Kremlin, Inc.: Why are Vladimir Putin's Opponents Dying“).
Latvia: Border Dispute
Marginalia writes about Latvia's border dispute with Russia and about “putting things in order”: “When a state “puts things in order,” it has a sad tendency to forget real people and real places, methinks.”
Russia: Vladivostok and Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk
White Sun of the Desert offers a Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk perspective on the city of Vladivostok.
Russia: Driving in Moscow
Russia Blog writes about the new law banning migalki and posts pictures taken in Moscow during a recent visit.
Russia: More on Being in Russia for Too Long
Ruminations on Russia contributes to the 42 “you know when you've been in Russia too long when.”
Russia: Images from Siberia and Vladimir
From Russia With Blog posts image videos from Siberia and Vladimir.
Russia: Conversation With Litvinenko's Widow, Part 5
David McDuff of A Step At A Time translates the fifth installment of the Russian-language interview with Aleksandr Litvinenko’s widow Marina.
Russia, Estonia: Advice to Teens
Itching for Eestimaa has some advice for the Russian youth: “I guess every country needs its enemies. But the idea of tiny Estonia being enemy enough to evoke ire among Russian teenagers is cause for concern. Haven't they got better things to do? Discoteques to attend? Ladies to romance? Careers...
Russia: Krasnaya Polyana Ski Resort
Sochi Travel blog writes on the quite dysfunctional Krasnaya Polyana skiing resort.