Stories about Russia from April, 2007
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.”
Megan Case shares a personal memory of Mstislav Rostropovich, who died in Moscow last week.
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.”
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....
La Russophobe posts two translations: pieces by Andrei Illarionov and Natalya Gevorkyan.
Sean's Russia Blog writes about multiple problems that scholars face when dealing with the Russian archives.
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.
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.
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.
Robert Amsterdam writes about (lack of) media freedom in Russia.
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.”
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.
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...
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.
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.”
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.”
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…”
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.
Robert Amsterdam writes about Shell's Sakhalin II “fiasco” and the maze of the Russian energy investment politics.