Stories about Russia from April, 2007
Russia: More on Mstislav Rostropovich
Another personal reflection on Mstislav Rostropovich, written by an anonymous contributor to Robert Amsterdam's blog – “who as a young musician had the distinct honor of personally meeting the great Russian master.”
Russia: Mstislav Rostropovich
Megan Case shares a personal memory of Mstislav Rostropovich, who died in Moscow last week.
Russia: Blondes Who Disagree
Robert Amsterdam comments on the rally of The Blondes Who Disagree, calling it “an obvious attempt to ridicule and discredit the recent Marches of Those Who Disagree, which were so brutally suppressed by the authorities.”
Estonia: “A Russian Rebellion”
As Tallinn seems to have entered the second night of rioting over the removal of a Soviet war memorial, here's a blogger's recap (with photos, RUS, by LJ user mrprophet) of what happened the previous night: A Russian rebellion Today I've been to a true Russian rebellion, senseless and relentless....
Russia: Pieces by Illarionov and Gevorkyan
La Russophobe posts two translations: pieces by Andrei Illarionov and Natalya Gevorkyan.
Russia: The Problem With Archives
Sean's Russia Blog writes about multiple problems that scholars face when dealing with the Russian archives.
Russia: Media Freedom
There're 32 comments to Sean Guillory's post on a Russian radio station that seems to have become “exactly” like Fox News in the U.S.
Russia: Kasparov's Foreign Funding
As the Kremlin begins looking for Gary Kasparov's foreign sponsors, Sean's Russia Blog reports that a reporter for an expat paper in Moscow may have already completed the job.
Russia: Space Explorers
Copydude writes about Russian humans and dogs in space.
Blog Bucharest writes about the approaching Eurovision Song Contest and how Romanians take it a bit too seriously.
Russia: Media Freedom
Robert Amsterdam writes about (lack of) media freedom in Russia.
Ukraine: Yulia Tymoshenko's Article
Taras Kuzio discusses Yulia Tymoshenko's lengthy Foreign Affairs piece – and her allegedly good command of English: “In Tymoshenko’s case we can thank her growing knowledge of English on my home region of Yorkshire which produced her rock n’roll son-in-law.”
Russia: More Reactions to Yeltsin's Death
What was the effect of Boris Yeltsin's policies on the people of Germany, Poland and the Baltic states, as well as on the "Russian Bride industry"? While yesterday's post reflected some of what Russian bloggers' thought of Boris Yeltsin's life and death, this one deals with the reactions of predominantly non-Russian observers.
Russia: Reactions to Boris Yeltsin's Death
Boris Yeltsin, Russia's first president, died today in Moscow. There is an avalanche of responses to his death in the Russian blogosphere, ranging from “rest in peace” to “be damned.” Below is a tiny selection (RUS) from the blog of LJ user dolboeb (Anton Nossik): aristo_big: Ten years ago, this...
Russia: “Protesting the Protesters”
Scraps of Moscow links to a few anti-opposition pieces and observes: “Of course this is not a real, capable, popular opposition. Of course Putin is supported by the majority of Russians, with some justification given Russia's recent economic good fortune. But none of this means that people engaged in a...
Sean's Russia Blog writes about the people viewed as “extremists” by the current regime.
Russia: Unreadable News
Copydude discovers a site featuring “unreadable” Russia news: “Make no mistake, this is break-the-mould journalism. All Russia News is so unreadable it is not only machine translated, it is written by a machine.”
Russia: Gorbachev on Dissenters’ Marches
Near|Abroad comments on Mikhail Gorbachev's negative reaction to the recent Dissenters’ Marches: “The grandfather of Glasnost should probably stick to what he does best at this age, photo-ops.”
Moldova, Russia: A Settlement for Transdniestria?
The Economist's Edward Lucas posts his article on peace in Transdniestria; Public Policy Watch and Kosmopolit comment on the situation: “All in all, a very ‘Russian’ settlement plan…”
Russia: Listening In On the Police; St. Pete Rally
Garry Kasparov’s aide, LJ user abstract2001, has posted recordings of the walkie-talkie conversations of riot police officers deployed for the opposition’s Dissenters’ Marches in Moscow on April 14 and in St. Petersburg on April 15. Also, below are some links to photos and text from the rally in St. Petersburg, which ended with the riot police attacking peaceful protesters.
Russia: Shell's Sakhalin II “Fiasco”
Robert Amsterdam writes about Shell's Sakhalin II “fiasco” and the maze of the Russian energy investment politics.