· March, 2006

Stories about Russia from March, 2006

Ukraine: New Customs Rules For Transnistria

  10 March 2006

Dan McMinn of Orange Ukraine writes about Ukraine's relationship with Transnistria: cracking down “on smuggled goods out of a country whose economy is based on smuggling” – and the reactions this new policy is getting.

Russia: Reckless Driving in Moscow

10 March 2006

W. Shedd of The Accidental Russophile links to a video featuring a number of car crashes that allegedly took place in Moscow's newly-constructed Lefortovo Tunnel. Pretty wild.

Russia: FedEx Alternative

  10 March 2006

Yuri Mamchur of Russia Blog writes about a cheaper Russian alternative to FedEx, UPS and other such services – and a faster and more secure alternative to the local post service: passenger trains.

Russia: Reuters and Wall Street Journal Coverage

  10 March 2006

Charlie Ganske of Russia Blog criticizes Reuters’ coverage of Russia's Middle East policies and responds to Richard Pipes’ Wall Street Journal piece (“emblematic of a deeper problem in how the West views Russia”) with shallow remarks summarizing earlier arguments presented on the blog.

Russia: Photo Collections

  10 March 2006

Sergey Belyakov at RUBLog links to two online photo collections: the Russian Photography Collection, 1917-1945, and Albert Hajrullin's Moscow and St. Petersburg pictures.

Estonia: Language Issue and Russian Media

  10 March 2006

Giustino at Itching for Eestimaa comments on how some Russian media are detached from reality when it comes to the language issue: “If you live in a country where the overwhelming majority of the people speak one language, you are going to need to know that language to work a...

Central & Eastern Europe: International Women's Day

  8 March 2006

March 8 has been an official day off in Russia and Ukraine, and here are some bloggers’ reactions to the holiday – in Russia and Ukraine, as well as elsewhere in Central and Eastern Europe. Scott W. Clark of Foreign Notes, a Kyiv-based blog, is not happy about the universality...

Russia: Svetlana Gannushkina's Declaration of Guilt

  8 March 2006

David McDuff of A Step At A Time has translated an open letter to the Russian Federal Security Service written by Svetlana Gannushkina, head of the Civic Assistance Committee, in which she mockingly confesses to “have undertaken activities which may be considered by the addressees of this statement as espionage.”...

Russia: “Cancer Ward”

  8 March 2006

Raffi Aftandelian of maaskva: nashimi glazami writes about a Chechen friend who had to share a hospital room with a biased Russian woman. (The post is both in English and Russian.)

Asian History Carnival

Frog in a Well presents the 3rd Asian History Carnival, including discussions of Memoirs of a Geisha (Media and Popular Culture), an entire pre-modern Japanese history seminar blogging their reading, martial Buddhas and possible links to the samurai tradition, an Korean insect extermination ritual, the Soviets in Manchuria, the French...

Russia: American Adoption of Children From Russia

W. Shedd of The Accidental Russophile writes about American foreign adoptions and the excessive coverage of the 12 tragic deaths of Russian children at the hands of their American adopted parents (0.03% of approximately 40,000 children adopted since 1996) in the Russian media.

Russia: Past and Present of Mosselprom

  2 March 2006

Snowsquare.com writes about the past and present of Mosselprom – the Moscow Association of Establishments for Processing Products of the Agricultural Industry: “[It] became famous for extraordinary advertising, with graphic design by the avant-garde artist, Alexander Rodchenko, combined […] with the poet Vladimir Mayakovsky, who came up with the slogans...

Russia: More On Dedovshchina

  2 March 2006

Sean Guillory writes about dedovshchina and cites an article in the Moscow Times that not just condemns conscript abuse in the Russian army, but offers ways of fighting it.

Russia: Matryoshka

  2 March 2006

Konstantin Dlutskiy of Russian Marketing Blog writes about Russia's very recognizable symbol, matryoshka, and its amusing rendering for a Russian opera festival poster.

Russia: Moscow Registration and Bureaucracy

  1 March 2006

Lex Libertas writes about what it takes to get through the Russian bureaucracy and obtain the obligatory Moscow registration stamp, and how it feels “to live and work illegally in a foreign country.”

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