Stories about Russia from November, 2007
The beatroot writes about a “u-turn in foreign policy” initiated by Poland's new PM: “Relations with Russia […] have not been good over the last two years of the Law and Justice government, led by the President’s brother, Jarolsaw. When Donald Tusk was elected he vowed to improve them. So...
Lituanica writes about the Russian diaspora in Lithuania.
A Fistful of Euros comments on the upcoming election in Russia and the newly-formed coalition in Ukraine: “Soon we will know the players in the inevitable next round of wrangles over energy supplies, prices and politics in Central and Eastern Europe.”
Window on Eurasia writes: “Russian President Vladimir Putin’s characterization of his political opponents and those standing behind them as ‘the enemies of Russia’ has sparked a discussion among his supporters about the relationship of that term to Stalin’s notorious one, ‘the enemies of the people.’ Pavel Danilin, editor of the...
Robert Amsterdam posts a YouTube interview with human rights activist Ludmila Alekseeva (in Russian, with English subtitles).
Perspectives on the new Russia writes about ways to legitimizing the election results.
TOL's Elections in Russia cites a Russian blogger's post on ways “to falsify the elections in a more ‘civilized’ manner.”
De Rebus Antiquis Et Novis and Executed Today write about the myths surrounding life and death of Zoya Kosmodemyanskaya.
De Rebus Antiquis Et Novis posts another pre-election update that covers some virtual and real-life attacks on the opposition.
Siberian Light writes about Peter Nalitch, Russia's “homegrown star to match Borat”: “Seriously – who could resist the charming Nalitch as he croons “Gitarrr, Gitarrr, Gitarrr, jump to my yaguarrr, Gitarrr, Gitarrr Gitarrr, come to my boudoirrr” from the front seat of his cramped Soviet Kopeika car?”
Moscow Through Brown Eyes reviews Tom Stoppard’s The Coast of Utopia, a play that “endeavors to paint a portrait of the lives and thought of several major mid-century Russian-thinkers (Herzen, Bakunin, Turgenev, Ogarev, and Belinsky feature prominently).”
TOL's Belarus writes about the Palonka Battle and the Belarusians’ indifference towards their nation's history.
TOL's Belarus watches Andrzej Wajda's Katyń and hopes to see a similar film about the Kurapaty tragedy in Belarus one day.
Sean's Russia Blog writes about double standards in coverage and reactions to the Russian election in the West: “To think President Bush had to nerve to throw his two cents in. […] You gotta be kidding me. I don’t recall any statement when the NYPD locked up 1000 people protesting...
Sean's Russia Blog explains “the context that Duma elections will take place in Dagestan.”
De Rebus Antiquis Et Novis posts another entry on the pre-election situation in Russia. Here's one of the highlights: “Kasparov's movement United Civilian Front (OGF) started a picket at the doors of the police department demanding to liberate Kasparov. The picket where only one person participates need not be preliminary...
Russia's Saami “want to set up their own parliament to control the dispersal of government funds allocated to their numerically small nationality,” Window on Eurasia reports.
Window on Eurasia writes about Russia's Muslims’ internet presence.
Garry Kasparov is in jail and on “forced hunger strike” – and Robert Amsterdam believes that the ongoing crackdown on the opposition “reveals tremendous insecurities related to an unsustainable state model.”
De Rebus Antiquis Et Novis writes about the history of the marines in Russia.
Window on Eurasia writes about 15 Samara siloviki (“Muslim officers in the Samara branches of the Russian Federation procuracy, militia, FSB and other ‘special services'”) to go on hajj this year.