Stories about Russia from June, 2009
Russia-Germany: Common 20th century history book
Paul Goble of WindowonEurasia claims that Russian and German historians are coming to an agreement to write a common history book, documenting the countries tumultuous and violent relations during the 20th century.
Russia: Birthday interview with Khodorkovsky
Dziennik Rosyjski [POL] encourages people to pose questions, by way of Gazeta.ru, to Russian jailed energy tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky on his fifth birthday in incarceration.
Russia: Centennial of colour photography
Eternal Remont turns attention to Sergey M. Prokudin-Gorsky, who in 1909 was commissioned by the Tsar to document the Russian empire on film. In the process, he developed and refined his special technique of colour photography.
Russia: Assassination Attempt on Ingushetia's President
OpenDemocracy.net and Eternal Remont write about today's assassination attempt on Yunus-Bek Yevkurov, the president of Ingushetia.
Launch of communist victims website
A Step At A Time draws attention to the launch of a website dedicated to the victims of communism worldwide, by the Global Museum on Communism.
Russia: Carbon dioxide emissions up 30% till 2020
The reference frame discusses Russia's plans to increase its greenhouse gas emissions by 30% until 2020, in contrast to international trends and the goals of the Kyoto accords.
Russia: U.S. Ambassador's Blog
Russian-language blog of John Beyrle, U.S. Ambassador to the Russian Federation: http://beyrle.livejournal.com/.
Ukraine: £2.47 Million for Repin and Petrov-Vodkin
IZO reports that Alina Ayvazova, Kyiv mayor's wife, has paid £2.47 million at an auction in London to acquire two paintings by Russian artists Ilya Repin and Kuzma Petrov-Vodkin.
Russia: “I'm a Russophobe”
A popular Russian blogger known for his often provocative posts on the Russian economy, published this mock manifesto (RUS) on his blog on June 10, noting with irony that those who attempt a critical look at Russia's past and present are frequently labeled Russophobes by those who consider themselves patriots, while in fact the opposite may be said to be true in many cases.
Russia: “The Vyatlag Archipelago”
Ekaterina Lushnikova writes about prison camps in the Vyatka region at OpenDemocracy.net: “The Kirov Oblast is located about 1,000 km to the northeast of Moscow. It is the largest province in the Volga Federal District – 120,000 sq.km. Belgium, Holland, Luxembourg and a few Monaco principalities would easily fit in...
Russia, U.S.: Reactions to WSJ Story on Web-Savvy Homeless
Earlier this month, Russian social networking portal Habrahabr.ru featured photos and some translated text from the May 30 Wall Street Journal piece on the online presence of the U.S. homeless - On the Street and On Facebook: The Homeless Stay Wired. The original English-language story has generated 93 comments. On Habrahabr.ru, there are currently 183 responses - and below are some of them.
Russia: “Repatriation of Compatriots”
Window on Eurasia reports: “After three years of effort, Moscow has succeeded in attracting the return of only 8800 of the more than 300,000 “compatriots” abroad whose resettlement in Russia it had counted on, an outcome that should not have surprised anyone familiar with Russian conditions or with poll results...
Russia: Soviet Leaders in Vladimir
Arnis Balcus posts pictures from “a weird private house in Vladimir, Russia – the landlord has installed newly built monuments of all the leaders of USSR, from Lenin to Gorbachev.”
Russia: Blog Roundup
The latest Russia Blog Roundup – at Siberian Light.
Russia: Aleksandr Pushkin
Russian Blog marks poet Aleksandr Pushkin's 210th birthday.
Russia: Artyom Loskutov's Case
Foreign Policy Association's Russia blog – on Artyom Loskutov's case: “Largely ignored in the mainstream media, Loskutov’s summary arrest nearly a month ago and continued detention have electrified the Russian internet, overwhelming the social networking site Livejournal and setting off a hunger strike. Loskutov heads a left wing, situationist-style artist...
Russia: A “So-Called ‘Wahhabi’ Village”
Tanya Lokshina on “the so-called ‘Wahhabi’ village of Gudben” in Dagestan – at OpenDemocracy.net.
Russia: Russophobe vs Russophile
An Anglophone Russophobe vs Russophile blogo-clash – at La Russophobe (79 comments).
Russia: Yuri Milner's 2% Share in Facebook
IZO translates part of an interview with Yuri Milner regarding his purchase of a 2% share in Facebook.
Russia: The Fourth Son
A month or so ago, LJ user voinodel (Russian journalist Vadim Rechkalov) started a second LJ blog (voynodel) - for “unhurried posts.” So far, Rechkalov has posted twice on this new blog. The first text is about the funeral of one of the victims of a Moscow police officer who shot at least three people to death at a Moscow supermarket in April; the second one is a sketch about a Chechen family - and below is a translation.
Russia: Life in Lipetsk
A letter on the daily life in Lipetsk – at OpenDemocracy.net.