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  • Visiting Russia just got Harder

    White Sun of the Desert
    Tim Newman
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:29 am
    I missed this, but late last year Russia introduced compulsory fingerprinting for all foreign visitors: Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has ordered fingerprinting of foreigners as part of the processing of visas to enter the country. … The decree, signed by Putin, explained that the move hopes to help the application of law enforcement, tackle illegal immigration and prevent terror attacks. Decree…hopes…terror attacks.  Hmmm.  How many terror attacks within Russia have been carried out by foreigners?  And when I hear the word “decree”, why is it that I…
  • Russia's Sports Minister Says FIFA Arrests Not Linked to World Cup Bid

    The Moscow Times
    27 May 2015 | 1:25 am
    Russia's Sports Minister Vitaly Mutko said Wednesday that the arrests of officials from football's world governing body FIFA were not linked to Russia's successful bid for the 2018 World Cup, the TASS news agency reported.
  • Peter Greenaway to direct Russian film backed by sanction-hit Putin ally

    Russia | The Guardian
    Agence France-Presse
    26 May 2015 | 6:38 pm
    British director quoted as saying he is working on an ‘ambitious’ 150-minute film portraying the character of the Volga regionThe British director Peter Greenaway is to direct a film about Russia backed by a billionaire businessman and ally of Vladimir Putin who has been hit with US sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.The movie with the working title “Volga” will “look at the past and future of Russia, a country on the border between Europe and Asia”, a foundation headed by Gennady Timchenko said on Friday. Continue reading...
  • Egypt Asks Russia to Create Free Trade Zone With Eurasian Economic Union

    Sputnik International
    27 May 2015 | 12:59 am
    Cairo asked Moscow to open a free trade zone with the Eurasian Economic Union.
  • Вниманию спортсменов и тренеров!

    Легкая атлетика России
    26 May 2015 | 7:14 am
    По просьбе Минспорта Чувашии первенство России по легкой атлетики Приволжского федерального округа среди юношей (до 18 лет), юниоров (до 20 лет) и молодежи (до 23 лет) пройдет в Чебоксарах 3 и 4 июля 2015 года.
 
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    Russia | The Guardian

  • Peter Greenaway to direct Russian film backed by sanction-hit Putin ally

    Agence France-Presse
    26 May 2015 | 6:38 pm
    British director quoted as saying he is working on an ‘ambitious’ 150-minute film portraying the character of the Volga regionThe British director Peter Greenaway is to direct a film about Russia backed by a billionaire businessman and ally of Vladimir Putin who has been hit with US sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.The movie with the working title “Volga” will “look at the past and future of Russia, a country on the border between Europe and Asia”, a foundation headed by Gennady Timchenko said on Friday. Continue reading...
  • The west’s assurances to Soviet ministers on eastward expansion of Nato | Letters

    Letters
    26 May 2015 | 10:46 am
    Christopher Clark and Kristina Spohr say correctly (Moscow’s false memory syndrome, 25 May) that no written or oral assurances about Nato enlargement were given during the negotiations for German reunification in 1990. Touching that hot potato could indeed have derailed the talks entirely.But that was far from all. After Germany reunited, Václav Havel, the Czech president, called for Czechoslovakia, Poland and Hungary to enter Nato. The British prime minister and foreign secretary assured Soviet ministers that there was no such intention. Nato’s secretary general added that…
  • UK and Russia to resume Syria talks

    Frances Perraudin
    26 May 2015 | 4:51 am
    David Cameron and Vladimir Putin spoke by phone on Monday and agreed to restart talks to seek solution to civil warDavid Cameron and Vladimir Putin have agreed to resume talks to find a solution to the civil war in Syria.The prime minister and the Russian president spoke on the phone for half an hour on Monday afternoon, with Putin congratulating Cameron on his election win. Continue reading...
  • Chechen leader to star in two films – one Hollywood, one human rights exposé

    Howard Amos for the Moscow Times, part of the New East network
    26 May 2015 | 3:10 am
    Ramzan Kadyrov announces role in action thriller on Instagram – as foundation releases documentary portraying him as corrupt dictator. The Moscow Times reportsChechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov is starring in two films – one a Hollywood thriller featuring the camouflage-clad hero firing a machine gun into the sky and the other a sombre documentary accusing him of human rights abuses.The upcoming feature, which Kadyrov announced on his personal Instagram page today, is to be called Whoever Doesn’t Understand Will Get It. Continue reading...
  • What's it like to be hated by the Russian internet?

    Nina Nazarova for Afisha and RuNet Echo, part of the New East network
    26 May 2015 | 2:53 am
    As online space becomes increasingly toxic, Afisha talks to four prominent figures about managing torrents of personal abuse Facing death threats and streams of abusive messages, some Russians are becoming increasingly targeted by rising levels of online vitriol.Trolling and internet abuse is a global problem, but each of these stories reveals how for some people working in Russia the digital sphere has become increasingly pernicious, with some saying it has become particularly bad since the annexation of Crimea. Related: Salutin' Putin: inside a Russian troll house ‘The hatred and pain…
 
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    Легкая атлетика России

  • Вниманию спортсменов и тренеров!

    26 May 2015 | 7:14 am
    По просьбе Минспорта Чувашии первенство России по легкой атлетики Приволжского федерального округа среди юношей (до 18 лет), юниоров (до 20 лет) и молодежи (до 23 лет) пройдет в Чебоксарах 3 и 4 июля 2015 года.
  • Мастер-класс Татьяны Чебыкиной

    26 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Многократная чемпионка мира в эстафете Татьяна Чебыкина провела в подмосковном Жуковском мастер класс для детей 12-15 лет.
  • Исинбаева собирает детей

    26 May 2015 | 4:17 am
    В среду, 27 мая, в Волгограде стартует Открытое первенство города по легкой атлетике на призы Елены Исинбаевой. В эксклюзивной беседе с Rusathletics.com двукратная олимпийская чемпионка рассказала некоторые подробности предстоящих стартов.
  • Расписание в Смоленске

    25 May 2015 | 5:02 am
    С 23 по 25 июня в Смоленске пройдет первенство России среди юношей и девушек 1998-99 годов рождения. Предлагаем вашему вниманию программу соревнований.
  • Калейдоскоп

    25 May 2015 | 2:11 am
    Лавилленье возобновляет тренировки, Шпотакова открывает сезон в Остраве, Эннис-Хилл едет в Гётцис, Уильямс выигрывает первый старт после дисквалификации, Лемэтр и Пауэлл выступят в Марселе.
 
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    English Russia

  • From old MAZ into MAZZY

    tim
    26 May 2015 | 5:49 pm
      Guys have took an old Soviet Minsk Auto Zavod (MAZ) truck and converted it into futuristic MAZZY hot rod truck which is here before you together with a few photos of the process.     Did you like this … Read more...
  • Mash Up

    tim
    25 May 2015 | 2:16 pm
    This is what can be called a "contemporary art". Russian "EUROVISION" song mixed up with recent Ukrainian chronicles. I am not sure who made this but it sends chills down a spine.
  • A Firefighters Tank Called The Dragon

    tim
    21 May 2015 | 8:56 pm
    Elena, the reporter says that this year forest fires started way to early and she contacted the authorities to hear their forecast on the possible situation with fires. They told her it won't be as in 2010 (the year when … Read more...
  • BTR 82 – an Upgraded Soviet Machine

    tim
    21 May 2015 | 10:11 am
    Here are a few photos of BTR-82, a vehicle that comes from the Soviet army but got over 1,000 changes over the past four years, so now instead of BTR-80 it is called BTR-82 and this is what changed, upgraded … Read more...
  • Something in the Skies

    tim
    21 May 2015 | 9:03 am
    Guys from Perm region (in Ural region) were preparing to get some evening smoke outside and then saw this. They couldn't figure out what is it and why is it in their skies. Then the calls started saying "Have you … Read more...
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    Sean's Russia Blog

  • Questioning Russia’s Hybrid War in Ukraine

    Sean
    14 May 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Guest: Michael Kofman, Public Policy Scholar at the Kennan Institute where he specializes in security and defense in Eurasia. His most recent publications are “How to Start a Proxy War with Russia” and with Matthew Rojansky, “A Closer look at Russia’s “Hybrid War.” Subscribe and rate on iTunes here or on Stitcher here. The post Questioning Russia’s Hybrid War in Ukraine appeared first on Sean's Russia Blog.
  • The Memorialization of WWII in Russia

    Sean
    7 May 2015 | 10:57 am
    Guest: Elizabeth Wood, professor of history at MIT. She is the author of Performing Justice: Agitation Trials in Early Soviet Russia and The Baba and the Comrade: Gender and Politics in Revolutionary Russia. Her current work centers on the performance of power under Vladimir Putin in Russia today. Subscribe and rate on iTunes here or on Stitcher here. The post The Memorialization of WWII in Russia appeared first on Sean's Russia Blog.
  • Russian Culture Under Putin and Ukraine’s Historical Memory Laws

    Sean
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:57 pm
    Guests: Eliot Borenstein, Professor of Russian and Slavic Studies at New York University. He is the author of Overkill: Sex Violence, and Russian Popular Culture after 1991 and blogs about Russia at All the Russias Blog. John-Paul Himka, Professor Emeritus in the Department of History & Classics at University of Alberta. He is co-editor with Joanna Beata Michlic of Bringing the Dark Past to Light: The Reception of the Holocaust in Post-Communist Europe. His recent article is “Legislating Historical Truth: Ukraine’s Laws of 9 April 2015” published at Ab Imperio. The post…
  • Post-Maidan Ukraine and Belarusian Nationalism

    Sean
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Guests: Sophie Pinkham, doctoral student in Columbia University’s Slavic department. Her recent articles include “Which Ukraine?” and “Watching the Ukrainian Oligarchs” both published in the New Yorker. Per Rudling, Associate Professor of the Department of History at Lund University in Sweden and author of The Rise and Fall of Belarusian Nationalism, 1906-1931. His most recent article with Tarik Amar is “What Standards Should Be Applied When Deciding to Accept Funds?” published on the History News Network. The post Post-Maidan Ukraine and Belarusian…
  • Islam Karimov’s Uzbekistan

    Sean
    3 Apr 2015 | 10:42 am
    Guest: Paul Stronski is a senior associate in Carnegie’s Russia and Eurasia Program, where his research focuses on the relationship between Russia and neighboring countries in Central Asia and the South Caucasus. He is the author of Tashkent: Forging a Soviet City, 1930-1966 and most recently “Uzbek Elections Preordained, the Real Questions Come Later.” The post Islam Karimov’s Uzbekistan appeared first on Sean's Russia Blog.
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    White Sun of the Desert

  • The Bali Nine Seven

    Tim Newman
    3 May 2015 | 11:42 am
    This post is an expansion of a comment I left over at TNA’s gaff, and is on the subject of the recent execution of Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, the ringleaders of the Bali Nine group who were arrested for smuggling a shitload of heroin out of Bali in 2005. Firstly, Australia as a nation was entitled to, and would have been correct IMO, to oppose the execution of these two men on grounds of principle.  Such a principle could have been that the death penalty should never apply in any case for a variety of reasons, for example: 1) the fallibility of any justice system; 2)…
  • Incentives matter, so best not ignore them.

    Tim Newman
    19 Apr 2015 | 10:38 am
    A story was doing the rounds last week that was drawing praise and admiration from various quarters: The idea began percolating, said Dan Price, the founder of Gravity Payments, after he read an article on happiness. It showed that, for people who earn less than about $70,000, extra money makes a big difference in their lives. … The idea began percolating, said Dan Price, the founder of Gravity Payments, after he read an article on happiness. It showed that, for people who earn less than about $70,000, extra money makes a big difference in their lives.His idea bubbled into reality on…
  • Visiting Russia just got Harder

    Tim Newman
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:29 am
    I missed this, but late last year Russia introduced compulsory fingerprinting for all foreign visitors: Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has ordered fingerprinting of foreigners as part of the processing of visas to enter the country. … The decree, signed by Putin, explained that the move hopes to help the application of law enforcement, tackle illegal immigration and prevent terror attacks. Decree…hopes…terror attacks.  Hmmm.  How many terror attacks within Russia have been carried out by foreigners?  And when I hear the word “decree”, why is it that I…
  • There Was Once a Road Through the Woods

    Tim Newman
    14 Apr 2015 | 11:42 am
    Perry de Havilland at Samizdata has linked to a piece in the Christian Post written by somebody apologising for being an ardent defender of Islam in recent times, somebody who now feels the critics of Islam were right all along.  This paragraph in particular nudged me into writing a post I’ve been meaning to for a while: Though we claim the mantle of human rights, free speech and equality, we lack the courage of our convictions when it offends someone. We make the cowardly lion look like Churchill. Principles are strange things in the sense that they do not necessarily have to be…
  • This will have Ronald quaking in his boots!

    Tim Newman
    12 Apr 2015 | 3:35 am
    Michael Jennings alerts me to a new business idea in Russia: Russia has a grand plan to launch its own, patriotic fast-food chain to rival Western burger joints like McDonald’s and rescue its struggling farmers. The $18-million initiative stems from brothers Nikita Mikhalkov and Andrei Konchalovsky, two of the country’s most famous film directors. Both have poured scorn on Western influence in the past and are known for their close ties to the Kremlin. The brothers have already picked a name for their brainchild: “Let’s Eat At Home!” (Edim Doma!) … Andrei…
 
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    Windows to Russia

  • Talking about Windows…

    kKeeton
    26 May 2015 | 9:16 pm
    It was with sweet and sourness that I saw the windows go up in the bell tower. I knew that they would be soon in coming, but I had dreams of stained glass and beautiful old style windows. Therefore,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Damn to Hell those Mosquitoes…

    kKeeton
    25 May 2015 | 9:13 pm
    I woke up and felt like I had stepped out in front of a truck as it drove by and after killing several big fat blood filled mosquitoes, females of course, I knew that the next few days would be... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The village homes; a data record…

    kKeeton
    25 May 2015 | 8:17 pm
    This article is simply a data post. I am going to put all the village homes that I can find in a gallery here. Even if they are burned or collapsed, I will try to get a picture of them and post it.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Iran will supply Poultry and Dairy to Russia…

    kKeeton
    25 May 2015 | 4:20 pm
    Here is a shorty but goodie: Rosselkhoznadzor; Russia’s food inspector division is approving Iran for meat and dairy deliveries to Russia. This is replacement for some of the items that are... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Water Buckets; mine and yours and tidbits…

    kKeeton
    24 May 2015 | 9:53 pm
    The other day at the store, I got grouchy and looked for bigger buckets to carry water with. I found them and now it takes only two buckets or one trip to wash the clothes and one trip to get water... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Getting the Motives Right

    FPA Administrator
    26 May 2015 | 2:40 pm
    An Aga Khan health center in Afghanistan. By Hussein Rashid The recent attack against Ismaili Muslims in Karachi, Pakistan, will be read by most as part of a simple narrative of an ongoing Sunni-Shi’ah conflict. Unfortunately, as consistent fear-mongering has demonstrated with Sharia, bandying about non-English words conveys a facade of knowledge without any guarantee of any actual understanding. As is the case with most political violence, here is more to this attack than a simple retelling of a religious clash. There is a deeper history that is masked by using inappropriate vocabulary,…
  • Climate change latest battleground in India-Pakistan relations

    Scott Bleiweis
    26 May 2015 | 9:23 am
    A farmer in Patiala, India shows damage to wheat caused by unseasonably heavy rains in April 2015. While India and Pakistan don’t see eye to eye on pretty much anything, climate change dangers may help finally bring them together. Photo: Getty Images via aljazeera.com Relations between India and Pakistan have been notoriously frosty for decades. But the two long-time adversaries will soon need to work together to effectively combat literal frost: in other words the effects of climate change. Neil Bhatiya, a policy associate at the Century Foundation, reports that monsoon-level rains…
  • U.S. Confronts China Over Airspace in South China Sea

    Gary Sands
    26 May 2015 | 9:19 am
    Chinese construction on the previously submerged Hughes Reef. Photo: Tuoi Tre I had not given much thought to the flight plan of the airline I recently booked to go back to the U.S. from Vietnam, but recent events in the airspace over the South China Sea prompted an online search. As I discovered, my commercial flight will be flying not far from where a U.S. surveillance plane was warned on Wednesday to leave by a Chinese radar operator. The P8-A Poseidon, the U.S. military’s most advanced surveillance aircraft, was flying near artificial islands which China is constructing, and the…
  • Mangoes Fly in Venezuela, But Economic Improvements Remain Unlikely for 2015

    FPA Administrator
    21 May 2015 | 12:01 pm
    This actually is an ordinary mango. Photo Credit: Wee Keat Chin via Flickr By Gary Bearden What does a mango thrown at the head of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro tell us about Venezuela’s economic future? Not much. The mango, thrown on Wednesday, April 22, was just an ordinary mango. But the president’s curious response to the situation sheds light on what the country should expect in 2015 as it limps through an economic crisis and into legislative elections at the end of the year. While Maduro and his United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) are already known for their populist…
  • What Did Scott Walker Learn During His “Listening Tour” of Israel?

    Josh Klemons
    21 May 2015 | 9:27 am
    Photo by John Pemble via Flickr On the eve of the Israeli elections back in March, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu proclaimed that there would be no Palestinian state under his watch. This created an international outcry and he quickly walked the statement back after a great success on election day. On Wednesday, he met with European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini and, for the first time since the election, outright proclaimed his commitment to a two-state solution. “We want a peace that would end the conflict once and for all… I don’t support a one-state…
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    English Russia

  • Crossing the River

    tim
    26 May 2015 | 6:16 pm
    Just a few photos showing how the heavy missile carrying trucks cross the river in modern Russian army these days in places where there are no bridges. Thanks for photos to this site: via
  • From old MAZ into MAZZY

    tim
    26 May 2015 | 5:49 pm
      Guys have took an old Soviet Minsk Auto Zavod (MAZ) truck and converted it into futuristic MAZZY hot rod truck which is here before you together with a few photos of the process.     Did you like this … Read more...
  • Mash Up

    tim
    25 May 2015 | 2:16 pm
    This is what can be called a "contemporary art". Russian "EUROVISION" song mixed up with recent Ukrainian chronicles. I am not sure who made this but it sends chills down a spine.
  • A Firefighters Tank Called The Dragon

    tim
    21 May 2015 | 8:56 pm
    Elena, the reporter says that this year forest fires started way to early and she contacted the authorities to hear their forecast on the possible situation with fires. They told her it won't be as in 2010 (the year when … Read more...
  • BTR 82 – an Upgraded Soviet Machine

    tim
    21 May 2015 | 10:11 am
    Here are a few photos of BTR-82, a vehicle that comes from the Soviet army but got over 1,000 changes over the past four years, so now instead of BTR-80 it is called BTR-82 and this is what changed, upgraded … Read more...
 
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    Нанотехнологии Nanonewsnet - Сайт о нанотехнологиях #1 в России

  • Созданы органические ионные транзисторы, способные блокировать болевые сигналы прежде, чем они достигнут мозга

    ssu-filippov
    27 May 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Новый тип медицинского электронного устройства может существенно облегчить жизнь людям, испытывающим постоянные болевые ощущения, связанные с некоторыми видами хронических заболеваний. Разработанный специалистами Линчёпингского университета (Linkoping University), , прежде чем они достигнут головного мозга.
  • Алмазы помогут увидеть «термоядерные» нейтроны

    kur
    26 May 2015 | 10:57 pm
    Итальянские физики, при поддержке Национального института ядерной физики в Генуе, разработали алмазный детектор для измерения потока нейтронов. Устройство, которое может найти применение в термоядерных реакторах, было описано в докладе на конференции ANIMMA 2015, с его содержанием можно ознакомиться на сайте arXiv.org.
  • Спиновую проводимость наблюдали при комнатной температуре

    kur
    26 May 2015 | 10:49 pm
    Команда физиков из Японии и Великобритании впервые продемонстрировала спиновую проводимость в германии при комнатной температуре. При помощи «спинового насоса» ученые генерировали ток спинов через тонкий слой германия, а для его детектирования на выходе использовался обратный спиновый эффект Холла. Авторам также удалось…
  • Веерообразная линза из метаматериала превзошла дифракционный предел

    kur
    26 May 2015 | 10:45 pm
    Физики из Университета Буффало разработали гиперлинзу, работающую в видимом диапазоне и способную обойти дифракционный предел. Для ее изготовления авторы прибегли к метаматериалам — классу материалов с необычными оптическими свойствами. Об этом сообщает пресс-релиз Университета, статья опубликована в открытом доступе в…
  • Из графена сделали наноподшипники

    kur
    26 May 2015 | 10:39 pm
    Ученые из Аргоннской национальной лаборатории создали «суперсмазку» на основе нано-свитков из графена. Исследователи продемонстрировали свой метод в эксперименте, получив исчезающе малые значения коэффициента сухого трения (0,004) между двумя макроскопическими поверхностями. Работа опубликована в Sciencexpress.
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