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  • Russia ends student exchange program with U.S.

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    2 Oct 2014 | 12:34 am
    Russia ’s decision to cancel its participation in a major high school student exchange program.U.S. Ambassador John F. Tefft said in a statement that the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program ...
  • Russia's budget and Siluanovs odd assumptions

    Russia | The Guardian
    Alberto Nardelli
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:40 am
    On Tuesday Russia presented its 2015-2017 budget. It is a rather austere affair, with one noticeable exception: defence spending. Overall, the assumptions behind Finance Minister Anton Siluanovs numbers seem odd when compared to World Bank projectionsOn Tuesday Russia presented its 2015-2017 budget. It is a rather austere affair, with one noticeable exception: defence, earmarked with a 20% rise as part of a long-term plan to modernise the countrys military. According to some estimates, defence spending will increase by 85% between 2012 and 2017.Finance Minister Anton Siluanovs numbers have…
  • Chevron Plans to Continue Scheduled Cooperation With Russia Amid Sanctions

    RIA Novosti
    2 Oct 2014 | 7:20 am
    Energy giant Chevron, the second-largest oil and gas company in the United States, does not plan to alter its scheduled activities in Russia amid Western sanctions, the company's spokesperson Sally Jones told RIA Novosti Thursday.
  • Мастер-класс Юрия Борзаковского

    Легкая атлетика России
    2 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    Чемпион мира, Европы и Олимпийских игр в беге на 800 метров Юрий Борзаковский провел мастер-класс в Сочи для детей в возрасте от 12 до 15 лет.
  • Provodnikov has date, needs foe

    ESPN Feed: russia
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:12 am
    Banner Promotions boss Artie Pelullo spent much of last week in Russia working out arrangements for the return of former junior welterweight titlist R...
 
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    Russia | The Guardian

  • Russia's budget and Siluanovs odd assumptions

    Alberto Nardelli
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:40 am
    On Tuesday Russia presented its 2015-2017 budget. It is a rather austere affair, with one noticeable exception: defence spending. Overall, the assumptions behind Finance Minister Anton Siluanovs numbers seem odd when compared to World Bank projectionsOn Tuesday Russia presented its 2015-2017 budget. It is a rather austere affair, with one noticeable exception: defence, earmarked with a 20% rise as part of a long-term plan to modernise the countrys military. According to some estimates, defence spending will increase by 85% between 2012 and 2017.Finance Minister Anton Siluanovs numbers have…
  • Russia 1-1 Ukraine, 1999: This is our second present after Crimea | Michael Yokin

    Michael Yokhin
    2 Oct 2014 | 2:06 am
    A grudge match after the Soviet Union breakdown ended with a goalkeeping error and neither side qualifying for Euro 2000The following is an extract from Michael Yokhins article from the latest issue of the Blizzard. The Blizzard is a quarterly football journal available from www.theblizzard.co.uk on a pay-what-you-like basis in print and digital formats. Continue reading...
  • Putins view of power was formed watching East Germany collapse | Mary Sarotte

    Mary Elise Sarotte
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:18 pm
    25 years ago Russias president was a KGB officer in the chaos of Dresden. This explains the hardliner he is todayTwenty-five years ago this week tumultuous scenes were unfolding in the East German city of Dresden: inside the central station, tens of thousands of people clashed violently with police, army and Stasi forces. And the chances are high that a 36-year-old KGB officer named Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin would have followed the chaos with his own eyes.The story of what happened in Dresden on 4 October was soon overshadowed by the peaceful fall of the Berlin Wall a month later. Yet…
  • British and German factories see sharp slowdown in manufacturing

    Angela Monaghan and Phillip Inman
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Stock markets fall across UK, Europe and US as sluggish eurozone and global conflict hit economiesFactories in Britain and Germany suffered a sharp slowdown in September, raising fears that economic recovery is losing momentum against a backdrop of global political turmoil and the flagging eurozone economy.In the UK growth in manufacturing activity was the slowest in 17 months as demand for British goods waned at home and abroad. Continue reading...
  • Crime and Punishment to be made into musical for Moscow stage

    Shaun Walker in Moscow
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:04 am
    Russian film director Andrei Konchalovsky is involved in project to adapt Fyodor Dostoyevskys Crime and Punishment next yearHeavy drinking, prostitution, a double axe murder and hours of psychological torment. Fyodor Dostoyevskys Crime and Punishment might be one of the most extraordinary novels ever written, but it does not seem the most likely candidate to provide musical fun for all the family.However, the Moscow public will be able to see Dostoyevskys dark novel adapted as a musical on the Moscow stage next year, according to plans announced this week. Continue reading...
 
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    Легкая атлетика России

  • Мастер-класс Юрия Борзаковского

    2 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    Чемпион мира, Европы и Олимпийских игр в беге на 800 метров Юрий Борзаковский провел мастер-класс в Сочи для детей в возрасте от 12 до 15 лет.
  • Калейдоскоп

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:48 am
    Хейнова избавилась от травм, Адамс перенесла две операции, Острава претендует на Континентальный Кубок-2018, в Италии продолжаются слушания по допинговому делу Алекса Швацера, Уолкоттготовится к переезду.
  • Мировой рекорд в Берлине

    29 Sep 2014 | 3:23 am
    Кениец Деннис Киметто стал победителем Берлинского марафона, установив новый мировой рекорд - 2:02:57 и впервые в истории выбежав из 2:03.
  • Счастливые хлопоты Исинбаевой

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:20 am
    Двукратная олимпийская чемпионка, многократная чемпионка и рекордсменка мира в прыжке с шестом в эксклюзивном интервью Rusathletics.com рассказала о том, как справляется с ролью мамы и поделилась планами на будущее.
  • Калейдоскоп

    27 Sep 2014 | 1:48 am
    Санчес уйдет после Лондона, Чероп и Кебеде выступят во Франкфурте, Флэнаган планирует побить рекорд США в марафонском беге, Ричардс-Росс против Писториуса, Фридрих стала мамой.
 
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    English Russia

  • Cruise Control from Kazakhstan

    tim
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:37 pm
    This video is from Kazakhstan. Pretty much a part of USSR before, now a country. They say the economy of Kazakhstan is second largest among all ex Soviet countries, which clues to think that people can afford little bit more … Read more...
  • Awesome Production of SU-30

    tim
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:04 am
    Stepanov Slava has travelled to the factory that assembles SU-130 warplanes and has taken some very, very artistic photos of the process, plus he has a story with the photos, and we are telling it all here now inside this … Read more...
  • Post Apocalyptic Chicken in Ukraine

    tim
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:47 pm
    If you wondered how the post apocalyptic world might look like seconds after a disaster this might be a real life, not movie taken, scene. Thousands of suddenly freed chicken leave the farm, trying to eat something, trying to each … Read more...
  • Soviet Dancing Youth in 1989

    tim
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
      If you have ever wondered how a late Soviet dance event might looked like then this is how. A short video but almost guaranteed to make you smile at least. Well, I don’t think its too much different from … Read more...
  • Beauty and Volcanoes of Kamchatka

    tim
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
      Here are some photos of the Kamchatka region – the one with volcanoes and bears, as seen by a tourist. Denis travelled there and took these nice photos. He says that nature there is a lot like the regular … Read more...
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    Sean's Russia Blog

  • Putin Isn’t Miscalculating in Ukraine

    Sean
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Lilia Shevtsova, who I like a lot, has an interesting comment in the Financial Times. What she has to say doesn’t bode well for Ukraine or Putin. Putin has won but his victory is only tactical. According to Shevtsova, “tactical victories often end in strategic defeats” and Putin, by turning Russia into a “war state,” has “unleashed the process he cannot stop and made himself hostage to suicidal statecraft.” Essentially Putin has boxed himself in. He can’t extricate himself from Ukraine without a victory, and that victory—with the spent…
  • The Revenge of the Sovok

    Sean
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:25 pm
    The Russian Duma has passed the second and third reading of a new law that would limit foreign ownership of a media to 20 percent. The law goes into effect on 1 January 2016, but companies have until 1 February 2017 to divest their foreign holdings. The bill had tri-partisan support from the get go. Vadim Dengin (LDPR), Vladimir Parakhin (Just Russia), and Denis Voronenkov (KPRF) sponsored the bill. Every Duma deputy voted for its passage except three. Just Russia’s Dmitry Gudkov and Sergei Petrov voted against, while Valerii Zubov abstained. Given how these things go the bill will likely…
  • On Obama’s UN General Assembly Speech

    Sean
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:56 am
    A key part of Barack Obama’s speech to the UN General Assembly was the crisis in Ukraine, specifically what he called Russian aggression. “Russian aggression in Europe,” the US President stated, “recalls the days when large nations trampled small ones in pursuit of territorial ambition.” What followed was pretty much White House boilerplate. But then Obama said: Moreover, a different path is available – the path of diplomacy and peace and the ideals this institution is designed to uphold. The recent cease-fire agreement in Ukraine offers an opening to achieve that objective. If…
  • Putin for 15 Years and Counting

    Sean
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:10 am
    On August 9, 1999, fifteen years ago, Boris Yeltsin appointed Vladimir Putin, an unknown, ex-KGB man to become Prime Minister of Russia. Then, no one would have guessed that Putin would still be with us today, and likely for many more years to come. For the anniversary, Oleg Kashin has provided long post detailing how the Russian press covered Putin’s appointment. How about the English language press? How did they describe this now historic moment? Colin McMahon of The Daily Telegraph wrote: Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, the man they called “the grey cardinal” in St Petersburg…
  • Putin’s Strategy Behind the Food Ban

    Sean
    8 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    The consensus around Russia’s ban of food imports from the US and EU is that Russia is only hurting itself. As a NY Times editorial, aptly named “Russia Sanctions Itself,” stated, “No doubt many producers in these countries will feel the loss of $30 billion in food exports to Russia, but the overall effect on their large and diversified economies will be marginal. Russia, by contrast, imports about 40 percent of its food needs in terms of value, and the Russian agriculture minister has acknowledged that the sanctions would cause a spike in inflation.” If this is the case, then…
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    White Sun of the Desert

  • Ah, so it was all bullshit?

    Tim Newman
    28 Sep 2014 | 8:26 am
    This is long overdue: The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) says electronic devices such as mobile phones can be left switched on during flights. EASA says that electronic devices do not pose a safety risk. The restriction on using mobile phones was almost as stupid as the requirement to turn off “electronic devices” during taxi, take-off, and landing.  If any aircraft, ever, had displayed the slightest sign of inteference from a mobile phone or other device, the whole fleet would have been grounded immediately.  The “because it may interefe with the aircraft’s…
  • The Not-So-Strategic Base in Sevastopol

    Tim Newman
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:55 am
    Alex K. – who appears to be providing me with a lot of blogging fodder these days – has written a post about the propaganda being fed to the Russian population which they appear to be swallowing wholesale.  This – coupled with this post of mine – got me thinking about how little the Russian population queries what they are told by their government compared to that of the UK, for example. Now don’t get me wrong.  We have plenty of gullible idiots in the UK, and a lot of those who query the government are both wrong and blithering idiots at the same time, so I…
  • An Interesting Choice of Leaders

    Tim Newman
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:41 am
    Alex K. has posted a graphic account of the treatment of a woman suspected of being pro-Ukrainian in the city of Donetsk recently. I made a comment under the post which I’ve decided to turn into a post of my own, because I am genuinely baffled here.  From what I have seen thus far, and the account above can only serve to reinforce this view, the separatists in east Ukraine are a bunch of violent, armed thugs accountable to nobody (anybody remember MH17?) who have taken it upon themselves to dish out arbitrary punishments to anyone suspected of being against them, operating with…
  • Leningrad It Ain’t

    Tim Newman
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:18 am
    Nothing unites Russians so much as their agreement that they did a good job in defeating the Nazis in WWII, and hence this achievement has been wheeled out at various times by politicians looking to shore up their popularity or galvanize the citizenry in support of some nationalistic drive or other. It was therefore not very surprising when the Russian government potrayed the uprising in Kiev as driven by facists, implying that the rebels in the east were doing pretty much what great uncle Ilya did at Stalingrad in 1942.  It was nonsense from the outset of course.  Regardless of any…
  • Russia Chooses

    Tim Newman
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:43 am
    A couple of weeks ago I was speaking with a friend, a European who has lived in Russia for most of his adult life.  We were discussing the current political environment in Russia, particularly in regards of the situation in Ukraine, and he made an interesting comment.  He said what was different about the current situation as opposed to any before, and what surprised him, was that Russians who he previously considered to be more liberal and skeptical of the government line had bought wholesale into the Kremlin narrative and had fallen into the same patriotic fervour as the rest of the…
 
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    Windows to Russia

  • Suhari Recipe – Сухари рецепт…

    kKeeton
    2 Oct 2014 | 12:50 am
    Suhari is basically any type of bread dried. I am using this word to describe what I love to buy and travel on the road. It is tough, crunchy and delicious. It can be bought in many different... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Winter is Here and Fall was Lost…

    kKeeton
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:08 pm
    A few weeks ago I told you all that autumn was here. The tree leaves were turning and pumpkins were everywhere. Frost was on the ground every morning and the weather was perfect, but two days ago,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • That Russian Way of Life: Ignore the Rules…

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:27 am
    Hares hop turnstiles – but not for long? Things are turning in great style in Moscow. But do you know what? They’re thinking of getting rid of the turnstile on public transport.Read More... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Russia/America and Drastic Contrasts in Future Dreams…

    27 Sep 2014 | 4:31 pm
    “Soon there will be no one who remembers when spaceflight was still a dream, the reverie of reclusive boys and the vision of a handful of men. Most of those who met in ardent little groups in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • President Barack Obama does not speak for God: A Lesson on Good and Evil for Western Civil-Military Leaders by John Stanton…

    kKeeton
    27 Sep 2014 | 8:19 am
    Who in the world is Barack Obama to claim that “No God” would allow the Islamic State to exist and slaughter what it considers to be non-believers? His statement follows the same line of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Last Ditch

  • Speranza in another world

    Tom
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:07 pm
    It's been a while. My excursions have been short and not particularly blogworthy. Those of you who know I have a soft spot for the virtual reality world known as Second Life may be interested to see that Speranza has arrived there. Here she is with my avatar, parked outside our SL home. She has toured forty-eight US states, six European countries (eight if you count Scotland and Wales as separate) and now she's on the loose (in road and track versions, with her retractable roof fully animated) in a second, virtual, world.  My thanks to the talented SL builder who made her for me. She goes…
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    English Russia

  • Cruise Control from Kazakhstan

    tim
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:37 pm
    This video is from Kazakhstan. Pretty much a part of USSR before, now a country. They say the economy of Kazakhstan is second largest among all ex Soviet countries, which clues to think that people can afford little bit more … Read more...
  • Awesome Production of SU-30

    tim
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:04 am
    Stepanov Slava has travelled to the factory that assembles SU-130 warplanes and has taken some very, very artistic photos of the process, plus he has a story with the photos, and we are telling it all here now inside this … Read more...
  • Post Apocalyptic Chicken in Ukraine

    tim
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:47 pm
    If you wondered how the post apocalyptic world might look like seconds after a disaster this might be a real life, not movie taken, scene. Thousands of suddenly freed chicken leave the farm, trying to eat something, trying to each … Read more...
  • Soviet Dancing Youth in 1989

    tim
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
      If you have ever wondered how a late Soviet dance event might looked like then this is how. A short video but almost guaranteed to make you smile at least. Well, I don’t think its too much different from … Read more...
  • Beauty and Volcanoes of Kamchatka

    tim
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
      Here are some photos of the Kamchatka region – the one with volcanoes and bears, as seen by a tourist. Denis travelled there and took these nice photos. He says that nature there is a lot like the regular … Read more...
 
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    Vladimir Kara-Murza's blog

  • 50,000 March in Moscow Against Putin's War

    Vladimir Kara-Murza
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    MOSCOW — Last Sunday, Russian citizens once again refuted the Kremlin’s propaganda image of a nation united behind the aggressive actions of a dictator. Some 50,000 people, according to media estimates, marched through downtown Moscow to protest Vladimir Putin’s war against Ukraine and his escalating crackdown on what remains of civil liberties in Russia. For the first time in many months, the demonstration was backed by all of Russia’s pro-democracy parties, including the People’s Freedom Party, Yabloko, and Progress Party. Demonstrators were chanting “Peace to Ukraine, Freedom…
  • Muscovites Use Vote to Say ‘No’ to Putin’s War

    Vladimir Kara-Murza
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:17 pm
    MOSCOW — Russia’s regional “elections” on September 14th—cleared ahead of time of most Kremlin opponents—predictably ended with Soviet-style 80-to-90 percent approval figures for the incumbents. In St. Petersburg, where some pro-democracy candidates managed to make it onto the municipal ballot, their actual results were drowned in the thousands of “early voter ballots”—outside of the control of independent monitors—almost all of which, by pure coincidence, were cast for Vladimir Putin’s United Russia party. As a result, the liberal Yabloko party—always a strong…
  • More of the Same: Kremlin Suppresses Candidates

    Vladimir Kara-Murza
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:49 am
    MOSCOW — On September 14th, dozens of Russian regions, including Moscow and St. Petersburg, will hold elections on different levels, from municipal councilors to regional legislators and governors. Supporters of Vladimir Putin and his United Russia party will score landslide victories across the country. This will not be because, as the Kremlin propaganda claims, the regime has widespread popular support—but because all contenders that could pose even potential danger to pro-Kremlin candidates have been removed from the ballot in advance. St. Petersburg, often described as Russia’s most…
  • Is Russia Suited for Democracy?

    Vladimir Kara-Murza
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:58 pm
    MOSCOW — One of the key themes of Vladimir Putin’s propaganda machine—both for domestic and for foreign consumption—has always been the supposed lack of a better alternative. However unattractive Putin’s corrupt and authoritarian regime, the implicit reasoning went, its replacement would be worse—radical nationalists or leftists. It was no accident that, during the mass anti-Putin protests in 2011–2012, state television channels went out of their way to pick out communist and nationalist flags in the crowd—even though communists and nationalists accounted for, respectively, 13…
  • Harshest Sanctions on Russia Yet—From Vladimir Putin

    Vladimir Kara-Murza
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:17 am
    MOSCOW —When, earlier this year, policy experts suggested that the aggression against Ukraine would be the undoing of Vladimir Putin’s regime, they could not have imagined the speed with which the Kremlin will be sowing the seeds of its own destruction. As Russian analyst Maxim Samorukov has noted, dictatorships often get away with the severest repressions at home—as long as they do not attempt to upset the international order. Vladimir Putin has stepped over the line. His chosen path of confrontation with the entire Western world, his regime’s blatant disregard for international…
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