· September, 2007

Stories about Russia from September, 2007

Russia: “Putin's Plan”

  16 September 2007

A few days ago, LJ user drugoi photographed a political ad on Leninsky Prospekt in Moscow and posted the picture on his blog. The ad read: "Putin's Plan - Russia's Victory!" The blogger asked an obvious question: "What's the plan, does anyone know?" And received 150 comments from his readers, some of which are translated here. (Plus, a bonus translation: the story of Victor Pipiskin.)

Russia: FSB Officer's Letter

  14 September 2007

A Step At A Time links to Ingushetia.ru‘s translation of a document “said to be a declaration by an officer of the FSB directorate for Stavropol province, confessing to his involvement in the organized abduction and killing of ethnic Chechens and Ingushes by the security forces.” A Russian-language discussion of...

Russia: More on Zubkov

  14 September 2007

Mark MacKinnon and Europhobia discuss the mysterious Victor Zubkov, Russia's new prime minister and, according to Europhobia, potentially, “an ideal presidential caretaker during the term in which old Vlad is constitutionally unable to stand for office.”

Russia: “The Chechen Card”

  12 September 2007

Window on Eurasia writes that there is more than one way in which “the Chechen card” could be played in the 2008 presidential election.

Russia: High-Ranking Officials and Reckless Driving

  12 September 2007

Russia Blog writes about a deadly car accident caused by the motorcade of the head of Russia’s Supreme Court: “And as always when we hear about another preventable death on Russia's highways, we ask the question: is all of this insane driving by Russian officials justified, or is it just...

Russia: Surprise Nomination of Victor Zubkov

  12 September 2007

President Vladimir Putin accepted the resignation of Russia’s prime minister Mikhail Fradkov today and perplexed Russia-watchers by nominating Victor Zubkov, the little-known head of the Federal Financial Monitoring Service, for the premier's post. Here are a few reactions from English-language Russia blogs.

Russia: International Terrorism?

  11 September 2007

The Accidental Russophile writes about the difference between the Russian and American views of international terrorism: “Putin's most recent tour of southeast Asia was little more than an arms dealer visiting his new customers.”

Russia, U.S.: “Batman by Dostoyevsky”

  11 September 2007

The Accidental Russophile links to the “Batman by Dostoyevsky” comics, reproduced at Brian Hughes’ Again With The Comics: “This marriage of Classic Russian Literature and the Caped Crusader of Gotham also serves as further proof, if any were needed, that everything is better with Batman.” Judging by the comments, though,...

Russia: Oil and Gas

  10 September 2007

In his “third oil and gas blog post of the day,” Tim Newman of White Sun of the Desert writes: “In the summer of 2007, the Russian government backed themselves to deliver what no other country has yet managed: a route to prosperity based almost entirely on a nationalised oil...

Russia: Kaliningrad

  10 September 2007

Copydude writes that “it might appear that foreign investors are even less welcome than tourists” in Kaliningrad.

Russia: Violence in Ingushetia

  9 September 2007

Attacks on civilians in Ingushetia have increased in the past few months. The most recent victims of violence include the family of an ethnic Russian teacher from the town of Karabulak, two ethnic Koreans in Stanitsa Ordzhonikidzevskaya, and a 66-year-old ethnic Russian doctor at a blood transfusion center in Nazran. Attacks on law enforcement officials are also reported to be on the rise. To help local security forces manage the situation, some 2,500 interior ministry troops were sent to Ingushetia earlier this month. Russian bloggers discuss the situation.

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