· September, 2006

Stories about Russia from September, 2006

Russia: Svetlana Bakhmina's Appeal

  20 September 2006

David McDuff of A Step At A Time writes about Svetlana Bakhmina's appeal “to have her sentence deferred for nine years, until her youngest child reaches the age of 14.” Bakhmina used to be a YUKOS lawyer and was sentenced to six and a half years of imprisonment in a...

Eastern Europe: Video documents homophobia on the rise

  20 September 2006

The latest twist in the long-running saga of anti-gay violence and state oppression took place yesterday in Moscow, as an appeals court upheld the earlier lower court ruling to ban Moscow's Gay Pride March in May 2006. The gay rights activists who brought the case will now attempt to challenge...

Russia: VP of Central Bank Killed

  18 September 2006

Russia Blog reports on the recent killing of Andrei Kozlov, vice president of Central Bank: “The equivalent crime in America would be killing the Vice Chairman of the U.S. Federal Reserve Bank in Washington, D.C.”

Russia: Buran

  15 September 2006

English Russia writes about Buran, the unlucky Soviet-built space shuttle: “It could be a very successful project of Russian Space Exploration era in general, if the Soviet union lasted a little bit longer or if the modern Russian could find a way to fund it.”

Russia: “Kadyrov is a Human, Too”

  15 September 2006

On October 5, Chechen prime minister Ramzan Kadyrov turns 30, the age at which it would be legal for him to become the republic's president. Although he denies striving for this highest post, some people believe he would get there soon. Timur Aliev (LJ user timur_aliev), editor-in-chief of the print/online...

Ukraine, Russia: Foreign Service Trainee

  14 September 2006

Wu Wei cites a comment from a foreign service trainee preparing himself for Ukraine: “…In order to better to absorb the Russian language and culture (although I’m actually going to Ukraine), I plan on renting every Cold War action flick of the ’80s to get in the vibe. I already...

Russia: Tear of Grief; Intro to Orthodox Culture

  13 September 2006

In Moscow, Zurab Tsereteli‘s works seem ubiquitous – and disliked by many. In New Jersey, his first one was dedicated on Sept. 11 in Bayonne: a gift from the Russian government, the 100-foot, 175-ton bronze monument “To the Struggle Against World Terrorism” – aka the Tear of Grief. High-profile guests...

Russia: “Putin's Presidential Pseudo-News”

  12 September 2006

Vilhelm Konnander writes on how the media treat Vladimir Putin's repeated assurances that he is not considering staying for the third presidential term: “Still, international media continues to report that Putin will leave power in 2008, in the anticipation that somewhere along the line he will change his mind.”

Russia: Murder Over Foreign-Made Car

  12 September 2006

Russia Blog writes about the tragic death of an Omsk journalist and his family: “Ruslan noticed a nice Mitsubishi car parked by a tent, with no potential witnesses around. Driving a foreign-made vehicle was his childhood dream. So he went to the tent and shot Aleksandr Petrov in the face...

Russia: Sprats, Scam, Ripping

  12 September 2006

Copydude writes about “a giant can of Baltic Sprats” sculpture soon to appear in a town near Kaliningrad; about German ads – possibly, a scam – offering “assisted resettlement package to Kaliningrad, including subsidised bills, free train travel, free phone installation, a chance to collect Russian and German pensions and...

Romania, Russia: Movies

  12 September 2006

Owlspotting writes about translating movie titles into Romanian. The Accidental Russophile gives advice on finding and watching Russian DVDs in the United States.

Belarus: Ban List

  11 September 2006

TOL's Belarus Blog reports that soon foreign journalists, politicians and others banned from entering Belarus may also be automatically banned from entering Russia.

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