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  • Ukraine: Sharp escalation in tensions between US and Russia

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    23 Apr 2014 | 4:10 pm
    KIEV - In a sharp escalation of tensions, Russia accused the US of "running the show" in Ukraine and warned it will respond if its interests are attacked even as a contingent of U.S. Army ...
  • RAF fighter jets intercept Russian bombers off coast of Scotland

    Russia | The Guardian
    Ewen MacAskill and agencies
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:49 am
    Ministry of Defence plays down incident in which Typhoons scramble to head off two Tu-95s in international airspaceRAF fighter jets were scrambled on Wednesday afternoon to head off two Russian bombers heading for British airspace.The Typhoons, based at Leuchars in Fife, intercepted the two Tupolev Tu-95s off the north coast of Scotland. Continue reading...
  • OPINION: Decline of US Middle Class Result of Deep Economic Processes

    RIA Novosti
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:48 am
    The decline of America’s middle class is part of the deep economic logic of the global era that started in the 1980s, Saskia Sassen, a sociology professor at Columbia University, told RIA Novosti.
  • Дисквалификация

    Легкая атлетика России
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:51 am
    Чемпион мира в тройном прыжке американец Уолтер Девис дисквалифицирован на год из-за нарушений антидопинговых правил.
  • Albert Ramos wins, will next face Rafael Nadal at Barcelona Open

    ESPN Feed: russia
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:39 am
    Top-ranked Rafael Nadal will look to get his clay court season back on track against Albert Ramos at the Barcelona Open after his fellow Spaniard won on Tuesday in the first round.
 
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    Russia | The Guardian

  • RAF fighter jets intercept Russian bombers off coast of Scotland

    Ewen MacAskill and agencies
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:49 am
    Ministry of Defence plays down incident in which Typhoons scramble to head off two Tu-95s in international airspaceRAF fighter jets were scrambled on Wednesday afternoon to head off two Russian bombers heading for British airspace.The Typhoons, based at Leuchars in Fife, intercepted the two Tupolev Tu-95s off the north coast of Scotland. Continue reading...
  • Putin's military exercises are more than a game

    Ewen MacAskill, defence and security correspondent
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:55 am
    Russia is using military exercises along Ukraine border as a deliberate provocation, aimed at intimidation and destabilisationUkraine: US and Russia move troops into positionRussia announced on Wednesday it was conducting military exercises in the Rostov region, bordering Ukraine. But this is no exercise, rather the use of military muscle, a deliberate provocation and the latest in a series of such manoeuvres by the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, aimed at intimidation and destabilisation.The days when Russia conducted military exercises or played war games simply to get their troops in a…
  • Russia warns it will respond if interests attacked in Ukraine

    Agencies and Alec Luhn in Dnepropetrovsk
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:37 am
    Russia accuses Ukraine and US of distorting deal in Geneva to defuse crisis as Moscow announces military exercisesRussia issued a blunt warning on Wednesday that it would respond if its interests were attacked in Ukraine, as pro-Kremlin rebels in the east of the country braced for a new military offensive by Kiev.The threat by the Russian foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, in which he recalled the 2008 war with Georgia over breakaway South Ossetia, came as Russia accused Kiev and the US of distorting an agreement reached in Geneva last week to defuse the crisis and of ignoring what it said were…
  • Kidnapping of Ukrainian patriots has Russia's full support, says Kiev

    Luke Harding in Gorlovka and Oksana Grytsenko in Kiev
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    Case of Vladimir Rybak is latest in a string of kidnappings which Kiev blames on Russia and its undercover agentsThe last time Vladimir Rybak was seen alive was on Thursday 17 April . The local councillor was walking away from the city hall in the eastern Ukrainian city of Gorlovka after taking part in a pro-Ukrainian flashmob in the central square. Three days earlier, separatists had seized the government building, taking down the Ukrainian flag and replacing it with the tricolour of the Donetsk People's Republic.According to friends, Rybak, who was 42, made no secret of his strong…
  • US journalist Simon Ostrovsky held by pro-Russian militia in Ukraine

    Luke Harding in Donetsk, and agencies
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:16 am
    Vice News film-maker held captive in eastern city of Slavyansk, 'suspected of spying', says spokeswoman for insurgentsPro-Russian gunmen in Ukraine confirmed on Wednesday that they had taken hostage an American journalist, whom they were holding according to "war rules", they said, in the town of Slavyansk.Simon Ostrovsky, a correspondent for Vice News, had not been seen since early Tuesday. He had been covering the crisis in Ukraine for several weeks, first in Crimea and then in the east of the country. He had been following the activities of masked gunmen as they seized government…
 
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    Легкая атлетика России

  • Дисквалификация

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:51 am
    Чемпион мира в тройном прыжке американец Уолтер Девис дисквалифицирован на год из-за нарушений антидопинговых правил.
  • Еще один рекорд «Русской зимы»

    23 Apr 2014 | 3:40 am
    Международные соревнования по легкой атлетике «Русская зима» заняли третье место в рейтинге All-athletics.com среди однодневных соревнований в помещении 2014 года.
  • Бостонский марафон

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:14 am
    Рита Джепту и Меб Кефлезиги стали победителями 118-го Бостонского марафона.
  • Поздравляем!

    22 Apr 2014 | 4:50 am
    Сегодня 65-летний юбилей отмечает президент ВФЛА, казначей ИААФ, почетный Вице-президент ЕАА, член президентского Совета РФ по физкультуре и спорту, заслуженный работник физической культуры РФ, доктор педагогических наук Валентин Васильевич Балахничев.
  • Мозаика

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:51 am
    Соломон устанавливает лучший результат сезона в мире, Власич вернется в сектор в июне, Лавилленье будет награжден Орденом Почётного легиона
 
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    English Russia

  • Habitable Caves of Pridonje

    tim_post
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:34 am
      “The robbers of the Cossacks, which were pursued by the Tzar lived here . They were expelled from their villages, that’s why they went away to dug caves and then lived in them. So that to earn for living, … Read more...
  • Lviv Bus Factory

    tim_post
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:01 am
      The Lviv Bus Plant  is a Soviet and Ukrainian company, founded on May 21, 1945. At first, the plant produced shops on wheels, cranes, road trailers. In 1956 the plant  had produced the first bus LAZ-695 and since that … Read more...
  • 105 Photos out of Soviet Vintage Magazines

    tim_post
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:17 pm
    Here we go with one hundred and five photos taken out of a Soviet magazine “SMENA” or “Change” in English. It has been said that the magazines come from years 1955 to 1960, the period after Stalin passed away and … Read more...
  • The Best Ground-Based Air Defense System in the World

    tim_post
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:36 pm
        An air defense brigade based near Moscow has the new generation of anti aircraft missiles the S-400 “Triumph” or SA-21 Growler as NATO calls them.  Those are still cannot be bought by foreign countries and are used for … Read more...
  • Nelidovo a Village of the Closed Mine

    tim_post
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:06 pm
    As  blogger Samson reports, Nelidovo in Tver region of Russia is a town where once the coal mines were operating. Later the coal mining here was found to be unprofitable and the mines got shut down. The last one was … Read more...
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    Sean's Russia Blog

  • Graffiti for Crimea

    Sean
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:16 pm
    Crimea and Russia together forever. There’s a new campaign in Moscow: “Two Thousand Russian Buildings.” The campaign seeks to paint two thousand buildings in the two capitals with patriotic graffiti. One such facade has already gone up in the Tagansk district of Moscow. Last week, the entire side of the Solzhenitsyn building was covered with large image of Crimea painted in the Russian tricolor. Next to it the artist emblazoned it with “Crimea and Russia together forever.” The graffiti was signed with the logo of the ruling party United Russia and the art collective LGZ-Art, or…
  • Ukraine’s Embattled Far Right

    Sean
    28 Mar 2014 | 10:25 am
    By William Risch Last week in Kyiv, I saw that the Maidan had changed. The heart of Ukraine’s protest movement that overthrew President Viktor Yanukovych, it looked like a war zone. The Trade Unions Building was a burned-out shell. Entire sections of pavement were gone, the stones used as weapons against riot police the previous month. Piles of tires lined barricades. Boxes of bottles kept for Molotov cocktails were stowed away near tents. Unlike January, the students were gone. Nearly everyone was gone. Only a few dozen people mingled around the Maidan, mostly the elderly, curious…
  • Approval of Putin Hits Eighty Percent

    Sean
    26 Mar 2014 | 7:16 am
    Brian Whitmore often says on the Power Vertical podcast that approval ratings in 60 percent range just aren’t good enough for a politician like Vladimir Putin. Given the lack of political alternatives and the dominance of the state’s narrative on television, Putin needs approval ratings in 70 or 80 percent range to have a comfortable political mandate. Thanks to the Sochi Olympics and taking Crimea, Putin is back up to 80 percent according to a recent Levada poll. Putin hasn’t garnered this level of approval since March 2008 when his rating peaked at 85 percent. Putin isn’t the only…
  • Putin’s Autocratic Moment

    Sean
    24 Mar 2014 | 9:24 am
    The latest round of US sanctions imposed on Putin’s associates assumes that if you squeeze the oligarchs orbiting Putin, then they will in turn compel him to change his policy toward Ukraine. The idea an oligarchy rules Russia, where the tsar acts as an arbiter over elite conflicts is a staple of Kremlinology. It was Edward Keenan who most systematically put forward this argument in his seminal article “Muscovite Political Folkways.” Then Keenan wrote, “the Muscovite, and later Russian, systems tended to prefer oligarchic and collegial rule, to avoid the single leader, and to function…
  • Ukraine: Two Heroes, Two Revolutions

    Sean
    22 Mar 2014 | 6:59 am
    Posters of Viacheslav Chornovil (left) and Stepan Bandera (right) in central Kyiv By William Risch I have made three trips to Ukraine since protests began there in late November 2013.  On January 18, I found myself taking Ukraine’s revolution into a new direction. In the city metro stations, I helped activists spread leaflets denouncing the dictatorship laws issued by the authoritarian regime of President Viktor Yanukovych. Our leaflets and placards called on people to attend a mass protest the next day. Some of the protest’s attendants participated in the violence that night that…
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    White Sun of the Desert

  • The BBC: Inventing new oil companies since 2014.

    Tim Newman
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:04 am
    I knew that this BBC article would be bollocks as soon as I saw the headline: Halliburton reports $622m profits. The first thing you see is this picture: With the caption: “Halliburton was one of the contractors involved in the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010″ And you know immediately that the point of this article is to say “evil, polluting American company makes enormous profits” and allow all the assorted lefties who think the BBC is a national treasure to nod smugly at this further proof that capitalists are raping the planet. Naturally there is no mention in…
  • The Korean Ferry SInking

    Tim Newman
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:37 am
    In the BBC’s report of the ongoing Korean ferry sinking, this line stood out (in the analysis, off to the side): The speed with which it flipped over and sank is a major concern. This is a well-known problem with car ferries.  In order to make them economical you need to have fairly open car decks without any watertight bulkheads dividing the decks into compartments as you would on any other type of vessel.  You want all your cars to be able to drive unhindered into what is effectively a large floating car park and then drive off the other end when the ferry reaches its destination.
  • Kerch Strait Bridge

    Tim Newman
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    Well there I was assuming that there was a bridge between Russia and the Crimea all this time, when I discover that there is nothing of the sort!  Although one has been planned for some time, apparently a slow ferry is all that connects Crimea to the country that just annexed it.  Some thoughts: 1) How the hell did Ukraine manage to let Russia put troops into Crimea when there is no bridge?  Such piss-poor defending makes them almost deserve to lose a province or two. 2) If for whatever reason there is no free-flow of people and goods between Ukraine and Russian-controlled Crimea, how…
  • France: different from Germany

    Tim Newman
    6 Apr 2014 | 12:59 am
    One of the things which is most infuriating about living in France, and dealing with the French, is the propensity for things which you thought were agreed – either implicitly or formally – to be changed on a whim.  During my cultural training, a very useful 2-day session intended to give us an awareness of what to expect during an expatriation in France, this particular aspect of French culture was acknowledged. For example, if you go onto the website of the French consulate in St. Petersburg, you’ll find a list of documents you need to submit to obtain a visa – in…
  • On Russia’s Annexation of Crimea

    Tim Newman
    21 Mar 2014 | 2:33 am
    Russia’s annexation of the Crimea – which is exactly what it is – has taken everybody by surprise, even those who took note of Russia’s actions against Georgia over South Ossetia and Abkhazia in 2008.  Russia has always coveted the return of the Crimea, and with good reason consider Khrushchev’s gift of the region to the Ukraine in the 1950s to be somewhat of a historical injustice, but few expected Russia to move so boldly and so swiftly. Of course, in hindsight, it’s easy to see how this happened.  With Russia’s economy failing to deliver the…
 
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    Windows to Russia

  • Russian Sausage Recipe: the easy way…

    kKeeton
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    Sausage, or kolbasa (not kielbasa) is a mainstay of Russian meals and life. Every Russian market will have sometimes hundreds of varieties for a person to pick from. It is literally what you must... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Those Coffee Thinking’s: Right and Wrong…

    kKeeton
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Sveta has a friend that found a android smartphone on the street. He fell in love with it and he had bad desires to keep it. Now he is a good guy, just a little mentally messed up at times and he is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Estonia Pictures…

    kKeeton
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:34 am
    I decided to post some pictures today of Estonia. I will be nice to Estonia and show the good… Beautiful countryside and actually Tallinn in a beautiful city. It is so tiny and after looking up... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Thinking’s when in Estonia…

    kKeeton
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Euronews is an interesting and kinda warped TV station in Europe. Reminds me of BBC with more lies and CNN, but more truth. I watched some news and found myself subjected to 24 hours a day;... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • I Examined Life and Found an ad hominem undertone…

    kKeeton
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:09 am
    And it is destroying the world… Ad hominem is when a valid claim or argument is rejected on the basis of some irrelevant fact about the author of or the person presenting the claim or argument.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Foreign Policy BlogsRussia | Foreign Policy Blogs

  • Getting Un-stuck From Red Dawn

    Oliver Barrett
    4 Apr 2014 | 8:18 am
    Time to stop the shadows of the Cold War from writing the Russian-American relations script  “The Russians need to take us in one piece, and that’s why they’re here. That’s why they won’t use nukes anymore; and we won’t either, not on our own soil. The whole damn thing’s pretty conventional now. Who knows? Maybe next week will be swords.”  – Colonel Tanner, Red Dawn (1984) The words Col. Andrew ‘Andy’ Tanner breathlessly spoke in a scene from the landmark Cold War-era film “Red Dawn” paints a partial picture…
  • A Method, Yet a Madness: Understanding Russian Democracy

    FPA Administrator
    24 Mar 2014 | 8:26 am
    By Anna Pivovarchuk As Western media focuses on the Crimean crisis, Russia intensifies its assault on civil society. When Nikolai Gogol wrote about the winged troika in his 19th century masterpiece on provincial corruption, The Dead Souls, little did he know that he was creating a perennial image that would come to represent Russia for centuries to come. Three powerful animals, a fury of motion, never to be overtaken, like a lightning bolt crashing from the skies. Where was it going? To that, alas, there was no answer. What Gogol was referring to was the “mysterious Russian…
  • Politicized Political Journalism

    Ani Torossian
    11 Dec 2013 | 1:04 am
    Kiselev (left), 2008 interviewSource: www.kremlin.ru Over the years, political journalism in Russia has gradually morphed into a new definition – one that blurs the line between politicized and honest journalism. Russian journalism blotched that line even more with Monday’s presidential decree to shut down the state-funded news agency, RIA Novosti, and merged it with a news outlet called Russia Today. That means the relatively balanced news coverage achieved by RIA will be cast aside for what the head of the new organization, Dmitry Kiselev, calls on as the mission to restore a just…
  • It Takes a (Potemkin) Village

    Mark Dillen
    31 Oct 2013 | 1:44 pm
    Still standing, Moscow’s last Potemkin village That heavily weighted word, propaganda, has surfaced again in connection with Russia, this time in a law forbidding “propaganda on behalf of homosexuality.” A storm of international protest against the law caused Russian President Vladimir Putin this week to publicly reassure the rest of the world that “people of all sexual preferences” would be welcome at the coming Winter Olympics at Sochi.  They would be made to feel “comfortable” in Sochi, he said. Officially, Russia wants to create an enclave, limited in space and…
  • Khodorkovsky, Revisited

    Ani Torossian
    25 Oct 2013 | 8:07 am
    Source: Press Center of Mikhail Khodorkovsky and Platon Lebedev This day marks a decade in Mikhail Khodorkovsky’s imprisonment, a journey all too similar to the hopelessly frigid Siberian settings of Dostoevsky’s stories and Solzhenitsyn’s novels — except in one regard. In his younger years, Khodorkovsky was a corrupt oil tycoon and pragmatic oligarch successfully basking in the Russian government’s economic malaise. It was Khodorkovsky who, in the aftermath of the oligarchs’ deals with the Yeltsin administration, aptly noted in a 1997 interview that “politics is the most…
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    The Last Ditch

  • I already miss those autobahns, but it's time to go home

    Tom
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:45 am
    How does such an orderly and compliant society as Germany come to be the last one to allow its citzens to use their intelligence to decide how fast to drive? It was an extraordinary feeling to be free, just for a while and in one small respect, from the State and its sociopathic desire for control. Today it's back to being strangled by my Mother Country's apron strings. I am sorry to leave my cute one-night residence in the Netherlands. I recommend it to anyone visiting - or passing through - Eindhoven. Reception Speranza's billet in Eindhoven The most interesting of wash basins
  • Where was I?

    Tom
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:57 pm
    I left my hotel in Prague on Sunday morning and after a few confused circuits of the city centre escaped north to get some value from my Czech motorway "vignette". I drove to Usti nad Labem (Usti on the Elbe) to have tea and buns with blogger, journalist and businessman Tim Worstall, who is spending some time there on business. My friend in Germany had already advised travelling via Usti and Dresden to add some picturesque interest to my journey north. The weather was perfect so I enjoyed the scenery with the roof down and arrived in a very jolly mood. I rolled into the square where we had…
  • Onwards to Berlin

    Tom
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:30 pm
    My photo course is over and the farewells said. We had a celebration dinner this evening in a restaurant by the river with a wonderful view of Prague Castle. A slide show of the participant's best efforts has been prepared by the organisers and I hope to post it here in the next few days, once I have been able to download it and host it here. Tomorrow (Sunday) I shall drive to Berlin via Usti Nad Labem in the Czech Republic and (if I have time) Dresden. My first stop is for tea and buns with Tim Worstall, the author of one of my favourite blogs. The second would be just to see a city I have…
  • Shooting Prague

    Tom
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:27 pm
    Prague is much-photographed. I had many shots of it in already. We brought the Misses Paine here from our then home in Warsaw when they were young. I visited many times on business. On one memorable occasion, I led an entire Czech beer hall in singing the Welsh national anthem - in Welsh. They set to with a will. In my memory (probably made unreliable by vocal-chord lubrication) their rendition would not have disgraced the Millenium Stadium in Cardiff. This week, however, we "serious" photographers were on a quest for the picture that millions of visitors to this beautiful place had not…
  • To Prague via Telc

    Tom
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:29 pm
    My fellow-students took a bus from Vienna to Prague yesterday. Having bought yet another "vignette" to drive on the Czech "motorways",  I met them at the lunch (and photo shoot) stop in the UNESCO world heritage city of Telc. Speranza performed patiently at the slower pace of motorised Czech life, but we had some "Ferrari moments" passing the many trucks that suggest Czech trade is booming. One of my fellow-students, a charming lady from New York, hitched a ride from Telc to Prague and the time flew by as we chatted about this and that. Once again this proved that I would be far more…
 
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    an expat journal

  • Baptism highlights...

    5 Apr 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Last Sunday we had 10 people get baptized out the Palacio family farm. Here are a few memories from that beautiful day!Afterwards we had a barbecue and there was plenty of time for swimming in the creek.
  • Bloom where you're planted!

    11 Mar 2014 | 3:58 pm
    As I was pulling into our driveway this little flower caught my eye. Tucked into the rocks but still growing. What a metaphor for life. The setting for this flower is not ideal and yet it is blooming. Have you ever been in a tough spot like this before? I know I have. And somehow, some way, in His timing, by His grace, and in His strength, we survive. This is the secret Paul talks about in Philippians 4. And like Paul we can learn to thrive under less than perfect conditions through the lessons God provides. We find a way to adapt to our environment and we move forward.Next time I'm feeling…
  • Catching up...

    26 Feb 2014 | 7:36 pm
    I'm so far behind with giving updates on our work and life here. Please forgive me. It's been a bit hectic lately. Here are a few snapshots of what we've been up to!Tom and I had a fun night celebrating with other couples at a dinner on Valentine's Day.Our church is in it's new building and we're growing!Tom and I are enjoying getting to know Pastor Han and Sarah. Sarah prepared a wonderful Korean dinner for us. Bulgogi, kimchi, potato pancakes, tofu, served with rice & veggies.CDF had it's annual Women's ConferenceA new counseling class is in sessionWe got to deliver shoes,…
  • Something old, something new

    5 Feb 2014 | 4:08 pm
    On Sunday after church Tom and I found a little Indian place tucked back among the stalls across from the bus station.  The smells and tastes of the food brought back memories from our time in India.  Each Sunday after church we would walk a few blocks to George's and enjoy their awesome food.  We weren't quite sure what to order. And I cannot even tell you the names of everything we ate. There was a young man sitting at a table enjoying his lunch so we asked him what he was eating and then ordered what he had!! I love it when people are excited to share their culture with…
  • Pray for Ukraine

    22 Jan 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Tom and I visited Kiev, Ukraine many times during the five years we lived in Russia. Often we would stay for 2 or more weeks at a time for Tom to teach there and for us to renew our Russian visas. Our youngest son, Spencer, lived there for a year. We have friends there. We know missionaries serving there now that attended language school with us in Russia.  Last night several of our friends were posting on Facebook about the young man in the photo.  He was 20 years old and was killed by the police. Protests have been going on in Ukraine since November. But, last night they turned…
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    English Russia

  • Habitable Caves of Pridonje

    tim_post
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:34 am
      “The robbers of the Cossacks, which were pursued by the Tzar lived here . They were expelled from their villages, that’s why they went away to dug caves and then lived in them. So that to earn for living, … Read more...
  • Lviv Bus Factory

    tim_post
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:01 am
      The Lviv Bus Plant  is a Soviet and Ukrainian company, founded on May 21, 1945. At first, the plant produced shops on wheels, cranes, road trailers. In 1956 the plant  had produced the first bus LAZ-695 and since that … Read more...
  • 105 Photos out of Soviet Vintage Magazines

    tim_post
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:17 pm
    Here we go with one hundred and five photos taken out of a Soviet magazine “SMENA” or “Change” in English. It has been said that the magazines come from years 1955 to 1960, the period after Stalin passed away and … Read more...
  • The Best Ground-Based Air Defense System in the World

    tim_post
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:36 pm
        An air defense brigade based near Moscow has the new generation of anti aircraft missiles the S-400 “Triumph” or SA-21 Growler as NATO calls them.  Those are still cannot be bought by foreign countries and are used for … Read more...
  • Nelidovo a Village of the Closed Mine

    tim_post
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:06 pm
    As  blogger Samson reports, Nelidovo in Tver region of Russia is a town where once the coal mines were operating. Later the coal mining here was found to be unprofitable and the mines got shut down. The last one was … Read more...
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    RUSSIAN SPHINX

  • Ethnic groups in Russia

    22 Apr 2014 | 7:59 am
    Russia is home to over 185 ethnic groups, population of these groups vary from millions to few thousands. In some regions Russians are in the minority. This topic is rich in data so later I will post more works. Learn About Tableau
  • How to create polygon map based on image in Tableau - plan B

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:14 am
    This tutorial is devoted to creating polygon map in Tableau based on image, I've done the tutorial giving similar results here. Maybe you will find this way easier. It's a good way of mapping places that aren't strongly connected to Longitude/Latitude. Shops in shopping centres have their geographical coordinates but of course nobody uses them, so map consisting general shapes without details is
  • Top 30 countries with the highest military expenditure in 2013

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:23 am
    Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) has published military expenditure for 2013. Global military expenditure totalled $1.75 trillion. Just two states, USA and China, made nearly half of all military spending. Learn About Tableau It's my version of the Economist's static charts. Once in my life I wanted to feel like a rebel, I know that most of the Economist's
  • How to create polygon map based on image in Tableau

    9 Apr 2014 | 10:16 am
    This tutorial is based on the same way of thinking which is used by ShapeToTab. Creating ShapeToTab results without using ShapeToTab lol. In other words it is very easy to do :)  We will be creating a map of shopping centre. Place dimensions of your map into spreadsheet (Excel or any other). Add x to the Column and y to the Row.  Add the map to your Tableau workbook. 1.
  • Gazprom's natural gas export structure to European and FSU countries in 2012

    9 Apr 2014 | 1:17 am
    The largest buyers of the Russian gas were Germany (16% of Gazprom's export), Ukraine (15%), Turkey (12%) and Belarus (9%). Gazprom Group in 2012 sold in total 151 bcm of natural gas to European countries and 66 bcm to FSU countries. The data have been published by Gazprom in Gazprom in Figures 2008-2012.  Learn About Tableau
 
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    Vladimir Kara-Murza's blog

  • Kremlin 'Reforms' Usurp Local Elections, Self-Government

    Vladimir Kara-Murza
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:12 am
    As the Russian Foreign Ministry continues to issue Orwellian statements demanding immediate “federalization” in Ukraine, the Kremlin is moving to dismantle what little remains of federalism and self-government in Russia. This week, the State Duma passed a bill that abolishes direct elections for mayors and legislative councils in 67 cities across the country, including 56 regional capitals. The leaders of Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party who spearheaded the municipal “reform” did not even pretend to provide justification. With federal and regional elections closely managed to…
  • Putin and the ‘Good Hitler’

    Vladimir Kara-Murza
    4 Apr 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Just when you think Vladimir Putin’s propaganda cannot sink any lower, it invariably does. Andranik Migranyan is a seasoned Kremlin hand. A former member of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation, a cavalier of the presidentially bestowed Order of Honor, he currently heads the New York office of the so-called Institute for Democracy and Cooperation, a Russian GONGO created on the initiative of Vladimir Putin in 2007 (it also has an office in Paris). This week, the pro-Kremlin Izvestia newspaper published Migranyan’s article attacking Professor Andrei Zubov, a prominent and…
  • UN General Assembly Stigmatizes Putin's Russia

    Vladimir Kara-Murza
    28 Mar 2014 | 11:57 am
    If Vladimir Putin’s propaganda is to be believed, one of his major achievements has been “restoring Russia’s prestige” and making the country “respected again” on the international stage. As with most claims by the Kremlin spin machine, this does not pass the muster. The 1990s—vilified by Putin’s propaganda—were a period of economic difficulty and political uncertainty for Russia, the former caused to a large extent by the record-low oil prices, and both of them inevitable after the collapse of decades-long totalitarianism. It would not have been surprising to see Russia…
  • Thousands of Russians Protest Putin’s Aggression in Ukraine

    Vladimir Kara-Murza
    18 Mar 2014 | 12:21 pm
    On Saturday, between 50,000 and 80,000 people marched through the streets and boulevards of downtown Moscow to protest Vladimir Putin’s aggression against Ukraine and his illegal annexation of Crimea. Carrying Russian and Ukrainian flags and posters reading “For your freedom and ours,” “For Ukraine and Russia without Putin,” “Ukraine, forgive us,” and “Russia is us, not Putin!” the participants of the country’s largest opposition demonstration since the peak of the protest movement in 2011–2012 marched from Pushkin Square to Andrei Sakharov Avenue. In Kyiv, members of…
  • Moscow Braces for Protests Against Ukraine Aggression

    Vladimir Kara-Murza
    14 Mar 2014 | 5:33 pm
    You can keep tightening the screws up to a point—but eventually the wood will crack. Too many dictators have found this out the hard way: first pressure on society becomes unbearable, then the regime comes to a precipitous finale. Ukraine’s Viktor Yanukovych was just the latest in a series. This week, it seems, Vladimir Putin has accelerated the timeframe for his own political demise. As the Kremlin prepares for a military escalation against Ukraine and the likely annexation of Crimea after Sunday’s “referendum,” even the cautious “realists” in Western capitals have gotten the…
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