· April, 2008

Stories about Russia from April, 2008

Russia: Chechnya Photos

  19 April 2008

LJ user mnog posts photos from Chechnya: Grozny; Terek-CSKA football game (and the first anniversary of Ramzan Kadyrov's inauguration); Shali, Argun, Makhkety.

Ukraine, Russia: The Presidents’ Dads

  18 April 2008

Some sources claim that Victor Yushchenko's father – “a POW in Auschwitz during WW2″ – was actually “a ‘polizei’ of Nazi concentration camps and an informer to the Nazis.” Other sources claim that Vladimir Putin's father “served in the Nazi-collaborating army led by Russian general Vlasov.” Kyiv Scoop writes about...

Russia: Putin and Kabaeva?

  17 April 2008

Lex Libertas wonders whether Vladimir Putin is really marrying gymnast and Duma deputy Alina Kabaeva – or it is all “a long-running April Fool’s joke by Dmitry Medvedev’s wife, Svetlana.”

Armenia: Rising Gas Prices

  16 April 2008

The Armenian Observer questions why prices for natural gas will rise. In particular, the blog examines the end of a government subsidy based on the dollar-dram exchange rate despite fluctuations in the currency exchange market.

Russia: Grozny Photos

  14 April 2008

Six photos from Grozny, Chechnya, by LJ user remetalk (award-winning photographer Sergei Maximishin, www.maximishin.com.

Russia: Ramzan Kadyrov's Motorcade

  12 April 2008

The video of what is described to be a motorcade of Chechnya's president Ramzan Kadyrov has been viewed over 100,000 times (plus, the clip has been re-posted by a number of other YouTube and RuTube users). Below are several bloggers' reactions to what they've seen.

Russia: The Future

  11 April 2008

Eternal Remont writes about Vladimir Putin's future: “Indeed, this new order will more closely approximate the former Soviet model of federal governance, whereby the presidency is relegated to a symbolic office, one party dominates the legislature, and the party general secretary – in this case Putin – will exercise true...

Russia: A Book on the Stalin Era

  10 April 2008

At Russian Reading Challenge 2008, Myrthe reviews Orlando Figes’ book about the Stalin era, based on the Memorial's interviews with those who lived through the time.

Europe: NATO

  10 April 2008

Greater Surbiton writes about NATO's relations with Russia: “If the NATO powers lack the will to stand up to Russia, it raises the question of what precise purpose NATO serves.” And about NATO and the Greek-Macedonian relations: “Greece has been a very poor member of NATO; it has only about...

Russia: Bluffing?

  10 April 2008

The beatroot is wondering whether some of Russia's foreign policy statements are bluff.