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· September, 2009

Stories about Russia from September, 2009

Russia: “Afro Plus”

  30 September 2009

Adventures in Wheelville expresses solidarity with Moscow's African residents: “While Obama is busy making buddy with Medvyedev, scores of black folks on Moscow streets are looking over their shoulder every two seconds in fear. It's horribly ironic.”

Czech Republic: Temelín Nuclear Power Plant

  29 September 2009

The Journeys of Captain Oddsocks writes about the Temelín nuclear power plant, which has been in the news recently “because of a controversial and overpriced contract awarded to a shady company whose former director was recently jailed for planning the violent abduction of his replacement.”

U.S., Europe: “R.I.P. Missile Defense”

  23 September 2009

A roundup of blog coverage of the Obama Administration's decision to abandon plans to build the missile shield in Poland and the Czech Republic: A Fistful of Euros; Edward Lucas; Poemless; Ukrainiana; FP's Passport; Leopolis – here and here; and Robert Amsterdam's Blog.

Russia: Ulitskaya-Khodorkovsky Correspondence

  23 September 2009

Robert Amsterdam's Blog links to OpenDemocracy.net's translation of correspondence between writer Ludmila Ulitskaya and former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky, published (RUS) in Novaya Gazeta earlier this month.

Russia: Valery Shchekoldin Asylum Photos

  23 September 2009

Russian photographer Oleg Klimov reposts (RUS, ENG) three graphic and disturbing photos of mental asylum patients in Ulyanovsk region, taken by his colleague Valery Shchekoldin in 1998 for Stern.

Turkey: Next Country to Recognize Abkhazia?

  23 September 2009

Window on Eurasia reports that “there appears to be a chance that Turkey, despite denials by its officials, might break the embargo against recognition [of Abkhazia] because of Ankara’s desire to play a greater role in the Caucasus region, its own long-standing experience as the only country to recognize the...

Russia: 2010 Census Postponed

  23 September 2009

Window on Eurasia and Russia Blog comment on the Russian State Statistical Service's decision to postpone the 2010 census until 2013 – “on budgetary grounds.”

Russia: Broadband & Recession; Yahoo! & Russia

  23 September 2009

Svetlana Gladkova of Profy reports that “broadband access growth twice lower than expected due to recession in Russia.” In another post, she notes that after reading an interview with Marvin Liao, director for Yahoo!'s Sales Development, Emerging Markets Group, she got “a very strong feeling that we will see some...

Russia: Lebedyan Subway

  18 September 2009

On Aug. 11, LJ user victorprofessor posted a photo report (RUS) from a trip to the town of Lebedyan in Lipetsk region, where one man – Leonid Mulyarchik – has been trying to build a mini-subway since 1984, “the most unusual metro in the world.” Four TV stations have done...

Russia: Victor Pylyavsky's Paraglider Photos

  17 September 2009

Samara photographer Victor Pylyavsky flies a paraglider over the city and the region, taking pictures; his beautiful photos are currently part of an open air exhibit at one of the city's central squares. LJ user drugoi has photographed some of these photos and posted them on his blog (RUS).

Russia: Photos of Borovsk

  15 September 2009

RussianKafe highlights Flickr user zaykivi‘s photos of Borovsk, a town in Kaluga Region: “Besides its historical value, there is a subtle atmosphere of something close to your heart, where you feel at peace and blessed. Near a monastery, if you sit down on a bench, you don’t want to leave,...

Russia: 1999 Apartment Bombings

  15 September 2009

Eternal Remont reports on the coverage of “twelve heroic Russian citizens” who are still looking for answers in the 1999 apartment bombing case “that pulled Russia into a second war with Chechnya and secured Putin's place in the presidency.”

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