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  • Civilians Caught in the Crossfire in Eastern Ukraine

    Sean's Russia Blog
    Sean
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:50 pm
    The downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, presumably by a separatist surface to air missile, internationalizes a conflict that has already claimed the lives of hundreds of civilians and displaced tens of thousands of people. As we rightly express outrage over MH17, we shouldn’t forget that civilians are caught in the crossfire between the Ukrainian military and separatists. Eastern Ukraine became a tragedy long before MH17 was shot out of the sky. Only now with an international incident perhaps people will pay more attention. What they will find is a warzone in Europe once again.
  • Sanctions are a joke against the Russian people…

    Windows to Russia
    kKeeton
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Yes the people and every time the west imposes more sanctions, the people pull closer together and more congealed against the west. A sanction to a Russian is not the same as a sanction to an... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Russia defiant in face of new US and EU sanctions

    Russia | The Guardian
    Alec Luhn in Moscow
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:40 am
    Moscow says country will localise production and emerge stronger, but analysts predict key sectors of economy will sufferMoscow was defiant on Wednesday in the face of sweeping US and EU sanctions designed to punish its continued backing of separatists in eastern Ukraine, promising that Russia would localise production and emerge stronger.However, analysts predicted that the key sectors of finance, defence and energy that have been targeted will suffer in isolation from the west. Continue reading...
  • 37000 Ukrainian refugees live in Russia

    Russia News latest RSS headlines - Russia News.net
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    Moscow, July 31 (IANS/ITAR -TASS) About 37,000 Ukrainian refugees live in temporary accommodation centres in Russia, Russian emergency situations ministry spokesman Alexander Drobyshevsky said ...
  • Parts of Alexander Litvinenko inquiry to be heard in secret, coroner confirms

    Russia | The Guardian
    Owen Bowcott, legal affairs correspondent
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:35 am
    Sir Robert Owen also says sections of his final conclusion will be withheld due to sensitivity of documents he will considerParts of the inquiry into the murder of Alexander Litvinenko, the former KGB spy, will be held in secret, the coroner conducting it has confirmed.Sir Robert Owen also revealed that sections of his final conclusion would also be withheld because of the sensitivity of British security documents he will consider. Continue reading...
 
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    Russia | The Guardian

  • Parts of Alexander Litvinenko inquiry to be heard in secret, coroner confirms

    Owen Bowcott, legal affairs correspondent
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:35 am
    Sir Robert Owen also says sections of his final conclusion will be withheld due to sensitivity of documents he will considerParts of the inquiry into the murder of Alexander Litvinenko, the former KGB spy, will be held in secret, the coroner conducting it has confirmed.Sir Robert Owen also revealed that sections of his final conclusion would also be withheld because of the sensitivity of British security documents he will consider. Continue reading...
  • Nato unprepared for potential threats from Russia, say MPs

    Richard Norton-Taylor and Julian Borger
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Cross-party report issued as group of former Russian and European defence ministers warn of risk of accidental warNato is ill-prepared to confront new threats posed by Russia, and members of the western military alliance may not have the collective political will to take concerted action to deter an attack, a cross-party group of MPs warn on Thursday.Nato's command and control structures, the alliance's ability to predict and give adequate warning of a potential attack and the state of its forces are all seriously deficient, the Commons defence committee says. Continue reading...
  • Europe adds Putin cronies, aide and bank to sanctions blacklist

    Julian Borger
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Expanded list of those subject to EU asset freezes and travel bans is unprecedented in its reach into president's inner circleThe EU has added three longstanding "cronies" of Vladimir Putin, an important presidential aide and a Russian bank to its sanctions blacklist in the latest punitive measure aimed at Moscow for its involvement in fuelling the conflict in Ukraine.The expanded list of people and entities subject to asset freezes and travel bans, agreed earlier this week by ambassadors from the 28 EU member states, marks the furthest EU sanctions have reached into Putin's inner…
  • Russia defiant in face of new US and EU sanctions

    Alec Luhn in Moscow
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:40 am
    Moscow says country will localise production and emerge stronger, but analysts predict key sectors of economy will sufferMoscow was defiant on Wednesday in the face of sweeping US and EU sanctions designed to punish its continued backing of separatists in eastern Ukraine, promising that Russia would localise production and emerge stronger.However, analysts predicted that the key sectors of finance, defence and energy that have been targeted will suffer in isolation from the west. Continue reading...
  • The Guardian view on sanctions against Russia | Editorial

    Editorial
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:15 am
    The Ukraine crisis did not come out of nowhere but followed a long period in which trust between Moscow and the west had eroded. Are we heading for a new cold war?The United States and the European Union have now enacted a substantial range of sanctions on Russia, cutting off credit, banning arms exports and limiting the transfer of so-called sensitive technology, as well as targeting a number of highly placed individuals. It is far from guaranteed they will bring about a change in Moscows policy on Ukraine, but they will certainly deepen the antagonism between Russia and western countries.
 
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    Легкая атлетика России

  • Калейдоскоп

    31 Jul 2014 | 3:13 am
    Болт определился с календарем, Торкильдсен досрочно завершил сезон, прыгун-ампутант Рем не выступит на чемпионате Европы в Цюрихе, четыре эфиопских бегуна пытались сбежать из расположения сборной в Юджине, в результате несчастного случая погиб Торрин Лоуренс.
  • Риск - благородное дело

    30 Jul 2014 | 3:36 am
    Заслуженный тренер России Владимир Казарин, воспитавший олимпийскую чемпионку в беге на 800 метров Марию Савинову, в интервью корреспондентам агентства "Р-Спорт" поделился секретами своей методики и рассказал о звездных учениках.
  • Состав сборной России

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    Президиум ВФЛА утвердил состав сборной России для участия в чемпионате Европы по легкой атлетике, который пройдет в Цюрихе с 12 по 17 августа. В состав команды вошли 92 человека (45 мужчин и 47 женщин).
  • Допинг-контроль

    28 Jul 2014 | 6:15 am
    Еще один спортсмен из Уэльса не выступит на Играх Содружества в Глазго из-за положительной допинг пробы. Им стал действующий чемпион Европы в беге на 400 метров с барьерами Рис Уильямс.
  • Бронза Илиевой

    28 Jul 2014 | 1:27 am
    В заключительный день чемпионата мира среди юниоров в американском Юджине российская сборная завоевала еще одну медаль. В секторе для прыжка в высоту третьей стала Ирина Илиева.
 
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    English Russia

  • Navy Day in Sevastopol

    tim
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:11 pm
    Remember there was a Russian NAVY fleet day celebrated a few days ago? We showed you some ships inside St.Petersburg – navy ships and old town. Now, here are a few more photos from that day but from the different … Read more...
  • Another Hailstorm

    tim
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Another hailstorm abruptly started in Altai region day ago. Hundreds of cars and buildings suffered, even the side walls of the buildings got the holes, as the hailstorm was accompanied by the stormy weather and high wind speeds. Here we … Read more...
  • One Hobby For the Two: Charming Photos Of a Loving Married Couple

    team
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:31 pm
    It was a wonderful creative couple of spouses – Dmitry Vozdvizhenskiy and Nina Sviridova left plenty of interesting photographs – most of them are exhibited in museums today. They were not professional photographers – she was a teacher of Russian, … Read more...
  • Big Dumping Site of Soviet Technics

    tim
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:59 pm
      Another dump site of abandoned Soviet technics was visited by Lana. As she said the place previously was guarded, was protected with the fencing and watch posts, but lately the guards were removed and the perimeter is now in … Read more...
  • Russian Navy Day in St. Petersburg, 2014

    tim
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Yesterday there was a day which is being marked as a “Russian NAVY day”, so across the cities there were events connected with NAVY fleet, NAVY sailors etc. Some people who served in NAVY  were taking out there old sailor … Read more...
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    Sean's Russia Blog

  • Civilians Caught in the Crossfire in Eastern Ukraine

    Sean
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:50 pm
    The downing of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17, presumably by a separatist surface to air missile, internationalizes a conflict that has already claimed the lives of hundreds of civilians and displaced tens of thousands of people. As we rightly express outrage over MH17, we shouldn’t forget that civilians are caught in the crossfire between the Ukrainian military and separatists. Eastern Ukraine became a tragedy long before MH17 was shot out of the sky. Only now with an international incident perhaps people will pay more attention. What they will find is a warzone in Europe once again.
  • Why We Can’t Let Ukraine Lose the Donbass

    Sean
    2 Jul 2014 | 12:21 pm
    By William Risch Last night, Ukraine’s president, Petro Poroshenko, told his nation that they were at war.  The Ukrainian government, after attempting peace talks for several days, was ending its unilateral ceasefire with pro-Russian forces in the Donbass region, which it has been fighting for over two months.  “They have publicly declared their unwillingness to support the peace plan as a whole and particularly the ceasefire,” he said.  “Militants violated the truce for more than a hundred times.” Thus Ukrainian forces, including the army, National Guard, Ministry of Interior…
  • Ukraine’s Refugees: How Many?

    Sean
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:53 am
    In my post on Ukraine’s refugees, I anticipated some questioning about the numbers of Ukrainians fleeing to Russia. I cited a MChS estimate of 30,000. It’s hard to pin down just how many people have packed up whatever they could and crossed the border. The Russians have presented various figures. Valentina Matvienko, Russia’s Federal Council speaker, gave an obviously exaggerated number of 500,000 refugees inside Russia! Another news report states that 80,000 have arrived in Rostov province in the last two weeks! Last week Russia’s migration service gave a figure of 80,000.I’ve also…
  • Off to an Unquiet Eastern Front

    Sean
    25 Jun 2014 | 7:24 am
    By William Risch On June 23, Kyiv sent over 500 men off to the battlefields of eastern Ukraine.  Outside the city well over 400 soldiers, including at least one woman, swore solemn oaths to the Donbas Battalion, a paramilitary unit led by Donbas native Semen Semenchenko.  On Sofia Square in central Kyiv, I witnessed the swearing-in ceremony for soldiers of the Azov Battalion under Andriy Belitsky, leader of the right-wing political organization Social-National Assembly (SNA).  Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs has employed both battalions to fight pro-Russian separatists in eastern…
  • Ukraine’s Refugees

    Sean
    24 Jun 2014 | 8:17 am
    One of the hidden aspects of the crisis in Ukraine is the growing number of refugees internally displaced and fleeing to Russia. This is a growing crisis that has mostly been ignored by the western press besides a few notable exceptions. Fighting and lawlessness in the Donetsk and Lugansk is driving people from their homes. As Alec Luhn states in a report for the Guardian: Appalling conditions in rebel-held towns have caused thousands to flee. The exodus from Slavyansk gathered pace when Ukrainian army shelling intensified at the end of May, with most residents going to the nearby city of…
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    White Sun of the Desert

  • The False Start of Electric Cars

    Tim Newman
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:26 am
    I have noticed that there is considerable optimism in some quarters about the future of electric cars, and many people are pointing to Norway as a sign that the internal combustion engine may be on the way out: Norway may seem like an odd place for electric cars to thrive, but the 1,493 Tesla Model S new registrations last month set a new single-model sales record. That’s more than sales of the two next-best selling models, the Volkswagen Golf and Nissan Leaf, combined. In fact, so far this year, the Tesla Model S is the best-selling car in a cold country that has quickly warmed to…
  • Weird French Rule #12,763

    Tim Newman
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:08 am
    The weather has been warm in Paris of late, and so last Saturday my wife and I decided to go to the local swimming pool on the Île de Puteaux, which features deckchairs, an outdoor and indoor pool, and a kiddy pool. Having paid the best part of 10 Euros each to enter, I was prevented from accessing the pool area because I was wearing Bermuda shorts like these: What they had in mind was that I dress more like this: (Huge thanks to TNA for letting me use his pic.) The security guard actually invited me to purchase a set of budgie-smugglers from a vending machine out the front. Fuck that.
  • La Rochelle and the Côte Atlantique

    Tim Newman
    24 Jun 2014 | 12:41 am
    For the third of the 4-day weekends in May, my wife and I took a trip by car to the town of La Rochelle on the French Atlantic coast, going via Tours and returning via Nantes. I have already written about the quality of the French autoroutes, although it should be mentioned that they do add to the cost of a journey.  This trip saw me rack up about 90 Euros in road tolls, which is not insignificant, although I made no attempt to avoid them and I use a device which lets me go straight through the barriers without stopping, thus avoiding both the queues and seeing how much it’s costing…
  • Another World Cup, Another English Defeat

    Tim Newman
    19 Jun 2014 | 11:22 pm
    I did not watch all but the last 10 minutes of England’s inevitable defeat at the hands of Uruguay last night, which effectively ends their world cup campaign after only 5 days.  Instead I found myself at a bar with a Scottish colleague who is leaving for distant shores, and weighing up the options I decided it was better to remain with him than go home and watch the football.  After all, I might not see him for a while but a “heroic” England defeat comes along at every major championship. And so to save time, I’ll merely repeat what I said after England bombed out…
  • Two Road Systems Contrasted

    Tim Newman
    17 Jun 2014 | 7:06 am
    For the second of the 4-day weekends in May I decided to go to London to visit a couple of mates who were in town.  Such trips are possible from Paris, but weren’t from Lagos and Sakhalin.  I decided to drive, having checked the Eurostar prices and found it an absolute fleecing (being a bank holiday, and me having left it late in any case), and driving had the added bonus of being able to visit a British supermarket and fill up with tonnes of stuff that you can’t get easily in France (e.g. Shreddies, custard creams, Branston Pickle, Colman’s packet sauces, Jaffa Cakes,…
 
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    Windows to Russia

  • United Against a Nuclear Iran Donors Identified: Part of Massive Federated, US Based Pro-Israel Network by John Stanton…

    kKeeton
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:44 pm
    “We have since worked with a broad coalition of Jewish and non-Jewish groups as well as with United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) to support legislative and regulatory actions requiring divestment from... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Fields of Yellow vs a lonesome…

    kKeeton
    29 Jul 2014 | 10:59 pm
    They are young and they are beautiful… The other day I drove into the big village and bought some gayka, shayba and bolts (nuts, washers and bolts) and I decided to turn into a side farm road... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Sanctions are a joke against the Russian people…

    kKeeton
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Yes the people and every time the west imposes more sanctions, the people pull closer together and more congealed against the west. A sanction to a Russian is not the same as a sanction to an... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • ISIS Oil: The West loves cheap oil…

    kKeeton
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:11 am
    Who is buying oil from ISIS? – The main buyer is the west… Who is trying to stop the terrorist organization (ISIS) from selling oil to the world? – Russia… Who is trying to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Our Russian Village Cemetery…

    kKeeton
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:56 am
    See there is one of them watchful ravens… Lets take a walk to the cemetery. It is a long walk, but well worth it and the day is beautiful… The only meanness around is those damn... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Last Ditch

  • Home again

    Tom
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:09 am
    Done, dusted Damp start in Epernay this morning I had two martinis and a bottle - not of Gevrey Chambertin - but a very fine Cote Rotie last night to wash down a superb meal. A couple of miserable old Welsh people at the next table gave the staff a hard time about speed of service while - behind their backs - sniggering about how many of them there were and how they needed a manager to watch them all and "keep them on their toes". I guess the grumpy old ***s were more accustomed to Golden Arches than Relais et Chateaux. They were at it again at breakfast this morning, complaining about the…
  • In Champagne

    Tom
    8 Jul 2014 | 10:36 am
    In the old days, my late wife and I used to fly home from Poland or Russia, pick up her mum and drive to the South of France for a holiday. Our daughters were not keen on road trips with music selected by 'the elderly' so would fly down and meet us there. The ladies liked the Cote d'Azur. I liked the drive. Everyone was happy. The half-way point between Chester (where our house in England used to be) and Cannes was roughly in Epernay and so that was where we broke our journey. On the second such trip we discovered my hotel for tonight by accident. Since then it has become more popular with…
  • There was nothing sinister about my radio silence

    Tom
    7 Jul 2014 | 1:03 pm
    The trip is going rather well so far. I have not posted only because the wifi in our "villa" (a small word for a rather splendid 13th Century fortified house) was as medieval as the building. I don't want to quibble though. The house was wonderful and my friends and I enjoyed our time there. I had a splendid run from the French Departement of Jura, where last I filed a report. Lots of "tunnelling" a la Top Gear and beautiful mountain scenery including a long approach to Mont Blanc. I enjoyed almost every minute of my nine hours of driving that day. Speranza was on such top form that it was…
  • The romance of the Alps

    Tom
    3 Jul 2014 | 9:24 am
    I am booked onto an indoctrination course in lieu of penalty points at present, so I drove very carefully to the Eurotunnel Terminal at Folkestone. I am, as they say in football, "on a six pointer." If I pick up another ticket before attending my course I will get back the previous three points as well as the new ones. So I experimented with the odd notion of total compliance. I left home before five am. At that time of day you would think it would make little difference and indeed I did arrive on time. However it was like driving in a different world. As the drivers of mommy vans passed me…
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    English Russia

  • Navy Day in Sevastopol

    tim
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:11 pm
    Remember there was a Russian NAVY fleet day celebrated a few days ago? We showed you some ships inside St.Petersburg – navy ships and old town. Now, here are a few more photos from that day but from the different … Read more...
  • Another Hailstorm

    tim
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Another hailstorm abruptly started in Altai region day ago. Hundreds of cars and buildings suffered, even the side walls of the buildings got the holes, as the hailstorm was accompanied by the stormy weather and high wind speeds. Here we … Read more...
  • One Hobby For the Two: Charming Photos Of a Loving Married Couple

    team
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:31 pm
    It was a wonderful creative couple of spouses – Dmitry Vozdvizhenskiy and Nina Sviridova left plenty of interesting photographs – most of them are exhibited in museums today. They were not professional photographers – she was a teacher of Russian, … Read more...
  • Big Dumping Site of Soviet Technics

    tim
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:59 pm
      Another dump site of abandoned Soviet technics was visited by Lana. As she said the place previously was guarded, was protected with the fencing and watch posts, but lately the guards were removed and the perimeter is now in … Read more...
  • Russian Navy Day in St. Petersburg, 2014

    tim
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Yesterday there was a day which is being marked as a “Russian NAVY day”, so across the cities there were events connected with NAVY fleet, NAVY sailors etc. Some people who served in NAVY  were taking out there old sailor … Read more...
 
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