· December, 2008

Stories about Russia from December, 2008

Russia: Police Raid on St. Pete's Memorial

  17 December 2008

Sean's Russia Blog wrote on the police raid of the human rights organization “Memorial” in St. Petersburg earlier this month – here and here. At OpenDemocracy.net, Tatiana Kosinova “itemises the material” confiscated during the raid.

Russia: December History Highlights

  15 December 2008

Some of the Russian/Soviet history December highlights at De Rebus Antiquis Et Novis: Birobidzhan demographics; Cherubina de Gabriak and the duel between Maximilian Voloshin and Nikolay Gumilyov; Vladimir Gilyarovsky; the Soviet war in Afghanistan; and a cookbook by Elena Molokhovets.

Russia, China: Slang Dictionary

  14 December 2008

IZO links to LJ user du-jingli (RUS), who has scanned four pages from the 916-page Russian-Chinese Slang Dictionary and has so far received nearly 500 comments. (Warning: the post contains obscenities, in Russian and in Chinese.)

Russia: Nikolay Ozerov

  11 December 2008

De Rebus Antiquis Et Novis writes about Nikolay Ozerov, a legendary Soviet sportscaster and tennis champion.

Russia: Aleksiy II

  10 December 2008

Updates on the media and Russian blogosphere reports on the death of Aleksiy II, the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia – at IZO. Stella Rock of OpenDemocracy.net writes about the late Patriarch's legacy. Window on Eurasia writes on Aleksiy II's legacy, too, and discusses the patriarch's potential successors.

Eritrea: Russian literary ties

  8 December 2008

Semantic Eritrea reports that the government of the Russian Federation has decided to cement the connections between Eritrea and Russia by erecting a monument of bronze to famed poet Alexander Pushkin, as well as a Pushkin Centre in the Eritrean capital of Asmara. Pushkin's Eritrean connection comes from his great...

Russia: Blogging the Crisis

  4 December 2008

IZO links to “a crisis blog tracking lay-offs (Sokratili, in Russian)” and translates a quote from it: “in some departments of Mayak [radio station] 40% have been laid off immediately, at gazeta.ru [online paper] 50%, at rbk [business paper] nearly 2/3 have been sacked.”

Russia: An Icon of Stalin

  3 December 2008

Window on Eurasia writes about a controversy involving an Orthodox priest in a town near St. Petersburg who put up “an icon showing the figure of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin, with some believers and Communists viewing this as simple justice and others as an indication that many Russians have lost...

Russia: A Church in Saudi Arabia?

  3 December 2008

Window on Eurasia reports: “The king of Saudi Arabia has announced that he is ready to support the construction of a mosque and Islamic cultural center in Moscow, a city with only four mosques for its more than two million Muslims. In response and probably to block this, Orthodox Christians...

Russia: Nord Stream

  3 December 2008

White Sun of the Desert writes about the “Russian threat to scrap the controversial Nord Stream pipeline project, which would supply Russian gas to Germany via the Baltic Sea, bypassing the Baltic states.”

Russia: A “Dying Country” or a World Leader?

  3 December 2008

Streetwise Professor is wondering about Russia's future: “First, how is it objectively possible for a country with a rapidly shrinking population to assume world leadership […]? Second, subjectively, how can large numbers of people believe that a dying country can achieve such status?”

Russia: “Political Mathematics”

  3 December 2008

De Rebus Antiquis Et Novis writes about the math factor of this year's constitutional changes in Russia and the politicians’ “most stupid explanations for their controversial decisions”: “Is it that me and Grigori Perelman are the only Russians who understand that the only way to ‘ensure a difference in time...

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