Stories about Russia from August, 2009
Photos from the Aug. 31 opposition rally in Moscow – by LJ user mnog (RUS); drawings and an observation – by LJ user pshevelev (RUS): “A few people are chanting ‘Shame!’ and are being seized [by the police], and the other 60 are taking photos and keeping silent. If you're...
Global Voices seeks a part-time project editor and a contributing editor for a new initiative, "Interpreting RuNet", to deepen our coverage of Russian-language blogospheres, online speech and social networks.
LJ user travel_hunter (RUS) re-posts images of Yandex.ru maps showing an impressive amount of cars forced to wait until some high-ranking Russian officials pass an intersection in Moscow. LJ user dolboeb posts these images, too, and writes (RUS): “When you just get stuck in traffic caused by the passing of...
LJ user drugoi visits Sayano-Shushenskaya hydroelectric dam, posts two photos and writes (RUS) about the colossal damage done to the facility on Aug. 17: “It seems that it's easier to build a new power plant than to clear up the huge amount of deformed metal and restore the turbine hall.”
Poemless writes about Nikita Mikhalkov's 12, a Russian re-make of Twelve Angry Men.
LJ user russos posts photos (RUS) of the newly renovated Kurskaya-Koltsevaya metro station in Moscow, which now sports this line from the 1944 version of the Soviet anthem: “Stalin brought us up – on loyalty to the people, he inspired us to labor and to heroism!” The post has so...
Scraps of Moscow writes about the August 1991 coup and how it is remembered 18 years later.
Foreign Notes translates one Ukrainian editor's take on president Medvedev's Ukraine address.
LJ users daria_mas and alter-gregor post photos (RUS) from the opposition rally that took place in Moscow on Russia's Flag Day and ended with riot police detaining some of the activists.
St. Petersblurb writes about Anna Akhmatova and the Fountain House.
Eternal Remont is hoping that “the Moscow Times was recently bought out by The Onion” – and here's why: “According to the Moscow Times, the Russian Justice Ministry recently published an updated and much longer list of extremist materials on the Internet. Among the new materials destroying Russia: Winnie the...
The Copydude has moved to St. Petersburg and launched a new blog: St. Petersblurb. The latest post there is about the Siege of Leningrad and today's monuments and museums commemorating the tragedy.
Jost a Mon reviews The Coronation by Boris Akunin, among other “foreign” crime fiction items.
Evgeny Morozov of Foreign Policy's Net.Effect writes: “It turns out that when you use Google Translate to translate (from Chinese to Russian) the expression “Vote for Yanukovych” (Yanukovych was Kremlin's favorite candidate), Google gives you “Vote for Yushenko” in the translated version. Global conspiracy orchestrated by Google!”
Window on Eurasia writes about the reactions to the 18th anniversary of the August 1991 coup in Russia.
Soviet Russia writes about “the island of the wild horses” in southern Russia.
Leopolis analyzes president Medvedev's letter to president Yushchenko.
Anatoly Karlin of Sublime Oblivion translates LJ user xlarina‘s post (RUS) about “her husband’s unpleasant experiences” with Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
Robert Amsterdam's Blog writes about the Aug. 17 suicide bombing in Nazran, Ingushetia; A Step At A Time and Window on Eurasia cover the reaction of the Ingush president.
More on the recent DDOS attacks – by Evgeny Morozov of Foreign Policy's Net.Effect – here and here.
Two Russian Su-27 fighters collided Sunday near Zhukovsky airfield during a rehearsal for the MAKS-2009 air show, killing Col. Igor Tkachenko, the commander of the Russian Knights flying group, and crashing into summer houses. LJ users pompeya, kpoxaxa, and mfirishka have posted a few photos (RUS) from the site of...