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  • Selena Gomez loves her curves

    Russia News latest RSS headlines - Russia News.net
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Singer Selena Gomez says she is proud of her curvaceous figure. The 22-year-old, who was recently spotted holidaying with friends in Mexico, took to her Instagram account to show off her enviable ...
  • Turkey Condemns Putin for Calling 1915 Armenian Massacre a 'Genocide'

    The Moscow Times
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:33 am
    ISTANBUL - Turkey said Friday that it rejected and condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin calling the 1915 mass killings of Armenians by Ottoman Turks a genocide.
  • At Chatham House, I thought perhaps Labour got the ‘right’ Miliband after all | Mary Dejevskey

    Russia | The Guardian
    Mary Dejevsky
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:43 pm
    He showed a depth of knowledge and a genuine interest in the detail and the dilemmas that suggested he understands foreign policy actually mattersAlthough the outside world has featured prominently in the news during the election campaign, and Europe will be high on the agenda afterwards for whoever wins, foreign policy has barely raised its head so far. Until today that is, when Ed Miliband gave a wide-ranging speech at the London thinktank, Chatham House.In so doing, he not only made a claim to occupy the campaign space where foreign policy should have been; deliberately or not, he also…
  • One of the Biggest Greek Banks Decides to Wipe Out Poorest Customers’ Debt

    Sputnik International
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:07 pm
    One of Greece’s largest banks will wipe away the debts and freeze the mortgages of clients who owe up to 20,000 euros ($21,600) in a move designed to ease the burden on its crisis-hit customers.
  • Ярославский полумарафон – на сертифицированной трассе

    Легкая атлетика России
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:02 am
    Трасса Ярославского полумарафона прошла успешную сертификацию AIMS и IAAF.
 
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  • At Chatham House, I thought perhaps Labour got the ‘right’ Miliband after all | Mary Dejevskey

    Mary Dejevsky
    24 Apr 2015 | 12:43 pm
    He showed a depth of knowledge and a genuine interest in the detail and the dilemmas that suggested he understands foreign policy actually mattersAlthough the outside world has featured prominently in the news during the election campaign, and Europe will be high on the agenda afterwards for whoever wins, foreign policy has barely raised its head so far. Until today that is, when Ed Miliband gave a wide-ranging speech at the London thinktank, Chatham House.In so doing, he not only made a claim to occupy the campaign space where foreign policy should have been; deliberately or not, he also…
  • Russian state TV reporter dropped lit cigarette butt at Siberia wildfire scene

    AFP in Moscow
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:27 am
    Incident sparked blaze within metres of a village as wildfires rage in SiberiaChannel One says crew ‘committed negligence’ and faces punishmentA Russian state television reporter dropped a lit cigarette butt at the scene of raging wildfires in Siberia, sparking a fire in grass a few metres from a village, his channel has confirmed.A local resident contacted police after seeing Channel One reporter Mikhail Akinchenko drop the butt, but denied the reporter had purposefully started the fire. Related: 'Doubt everything' – Ukrainian students' warning to Russian counterparts Continue…
  • Poland refuses to let biker gang follow Red Army route through country

    Associated Press in Warsaw
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:48 am
    The Night Wolves, a group loyal to Russian leader Vladimir Putin, planned to ride across Poland to mark second world war anniversaryPoland has said it will not allow a nationalist biker gang loyal to Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, to enter the country as part of the group’s second world war commemorations.The Night Wolves had planned to ride through Poland next week to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the conflict. Their plan was to cross several European countries on the way to Berlin, following the route taken by the Red Army in its defeat of Adolf Hitler’s Germany.
  • ‘I want the world’s first head transplant’ - video

    Guardian Staff
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:05 pm
    A Russian man with a rare muscle disease says he wants to become the world's first head transplant patient. Valery Spiridonov, who lives near Moscow, says his muscles are rapidly deteriorating and, at 30, he doesn't have many years left. The £10 million pound operation would transplant his head onto that of a donor using spinal cord fusion Continue reading...
  • Russian court rejects complaint from gay teacher fired for ‘immoral’ behaviour

    Alec Luhn in Moscow
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:55 am
    School says teacher dismissed because of photographs that ‘propagandise non-traditional sexual relations’ after anti-gay activist makes them publicA St Petersburg district court has rejected a complaint from a gay teacher who was sacked for “immoral” behaviour.In court, the defence team for school 565 said the teacher had been dismissed in December after a group of parents complained about her conduct. Continue reading...
 
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    Легкая атлетика России

  • Ярославский полумарафон – на сертифицированной трассе

    24 Apr 2015 | 9:02 am
    Трасса Ярославского полумарафона прошла успешную сертификацию AIMS и IAAF.
  • Метатели открыли сезон

    24 Apr 2015 | 8:12 am
    В Сочи прошли Всероссийские соревнования по метаниям на призы учредителя ООО СК «Юность» А.А. Низамутдинова. Алена Бугакова выиграла толкание ядра среди юниоров в день своего рождения.
  • Три золота для Болта

    23 Apr 2015 | 6:45 am
    Шестикратный олимпийский чемпион, восьмикратный чемпион мира Усэйн Болт подтвердил, что Олимпиада-2016 станет последней в его великолепной карьере.
  • Вести из Сочи

    23 Apr 2015 | 6:36 am
    В среду, 22 апреля, в Сочи министр спорта Российской Федерации Виталий Мутко встретился с членами национальной команды по легкой атлетике, находящимися на тренировочном сборе в Южном федеральном центре спортивной подготовки «Юг Спорт».
  • Дело Джепту

    22 Apr 2015 | 6:28 am
    Международная ассоциация легкоатлетических федераций (ИААФ) хочет увеличить срок наказания победительницы марафонов в Бостоне и Чикаго кенийки Риты Джепту в два раза.
 
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  • The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

    team
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:40 pm
    "Rosneft" company has finished drilling works at the most extended oil field "Chaivo" in Sakhalin, Russia. Production well O-14 is 13 500 meters deep, the drain is 12 033 long. It took them 156 days to drill the well. We … Read more...
  • War Veterans: Then And Now

    team
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:48 pm
    On these images you can see the veterans who managed to survive the war and live up to these days. They have been searched all around Russia and former Soviet republics. Most of them are 80-90 years old, some are … Read more...
  • New Military Museum In Minsk, Belarus

    team
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    A new military museum devoted to World War II has opened in Minsk, Belarus, just recently. It is appropriately located right behind the stele "Minsk is a hero city" erected in 1985. We are going to join blogger deletant and … Read more...
  • The Worst Russian Roads Can Be Found Here

    team
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:54 pm
    — What do you want me to show you? — asks the taxi driver. — What is your city famous for? Show me the most interesting things! — Well let's go and see our roads then! It's the most worthy thing … Read more...
  • Chiatura: Half Dead City of Georgia

    team
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:09 pm
    A small city hidden in the mountaneous region of Georgia impressed photographer and traveller Pavel Morozov very much, so he spent several days there, mostly on its numerous ropeways. Chiatura is a city of miners that has dozens of functioning … Read more...
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    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.
  • Kotkin and Zizek Discuss Stalin

    Sean
    1 Apr 2015 | 6:29 am
    Stephen Kotkin and Slavoj Zizek discussed Kotkin’s Stalin: Volume I: Paradoxes of Power, 1878-1928 at the New York Public Library. Both the audio and video are available on the Library’s site but I thought I’d repost it here to increase exposure. The post Kotkin and Zizek Discuss Stalin appeared first on Sean's Russia Blog.
  • Child Survivors of Stalin’s Terror and WWII

    Sean
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:37 am
    Guest: Cathy Frierson, professor of modern Russian history at the University of New Hampshire. Her books include Peasant Icons: Representations of Rural People in Late 19th Century RussiaAll Russia is Burning: A Cultural History of Fire and Arson in Late Imperial Russia, Children of the Gulag, and most recently Silence was Salvation: Child Survivors of Stalin’s Terror and WWII in the Soviet Union. The post Child Survivors of Stalin’s Terror and WWII appeared first on Sean's Russia Blog.
 
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    White Sun of the Desert

  • 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…
  • The Failure of Russian Projects

    Tim Newman
    6 Apr 2015 | 2:22 am
    The Streetwise Professor writes about another ambitious Russian state project which has gone badly off the rails, this time the Vostochny Cosmodrome project.  As usual, the project is way behind schedule, way over budget, and workers haven’t been paid for months. All of this would seem drearily familiar to anyone who has worked on Russian projects, but outsiders might not know the mechanism behind the failures.  Russian certainly would, but only those who have gotten their hands dirty on a project, i.e. the mal’chiki-mazhory who are the most enthusiastic of grand Russian…
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    Windows to Russia

  • In Europe…

    kKeeton
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:44 am
    Posting from a small tablet is not easy and therefore I will make it short… Images above are out my window of the hotel and inside the room… If you can’t guess, I am in Tallinn,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • You Should Think About This…

    kKeeton
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:52 am
    Just about everyday, I see somewhere in the press that Russia is helping another country or making a deal that helps another country. This is the normal that I have become to see and I remember a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • I was sent a book…

    kKeeton
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Media Trolls,Technology Shamans and Diabolical Political, Economic and Military Demons: Over the years I have been proud to post articles by John Stanton, his articles have a truth that is not found... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 12 to 1 and we scream, “PUTIN DID IT!”

    kKeeton
    21 Apr 2015 | 12:47 am
    Two more murders of prominent Ukrainian opposition figures just in the last few days, this is at least twelve dead by assassination, if not more, according to my count. But who can count when they... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • America’s Sorrowful World: Dumb at Home and Dumber Abroad…

    kKeeton
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:35 pm
    by John Stanton “I should tell you that homosexuality in our country has been overcome once and for all but not entirely. Or entirely but not completely. Or else entirely and completely but not once... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • The FPA’s must reads (April 17-24)

    FPA Administrator
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:10 pm
    The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) John O. Brennan. Photo Credit: CIA The Untouchable John Brennan By Gregory D. Johnsen BuzzFeed What ever happened to the presidential candidate who called for an end to the so-called war on terror, who promised that Americans would witness the shuttering of Guantanamo, and who steadfastly defended his vote against the 2003 invasion of Iraq? Pundits have spewed an array of theories regarding Obama’s embrace of the national security state, none as fresh and convincing as BuzzFeed World Correspondent Gregory Johnsen’s, who argues it lies not…
  • Syrian Notebooks: Inside the Homs Uprising by Jonathan Littell – Book Review

    Paul Nash
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Elizabeth Arrott “It starts, as always, with a dream, a dream of youth, liberty, and collective joy,” writes Jonathan Littell, “and it ends, as all too often, in a nightmare.” Now in its fifth year, that nightmare has left more than 220,000 dead and nearly eight million uprooted by violence in Syria. Another 3.8 million people have fled, seeking refuge in neighboring countries like Lebanon, Jordan, Northern Iraq, Turkey, and Egypt. As the world’s largest humanitarian disaster since the Second World War continues to deepen, Littell has published his Syrian Notebooks in English for…
  • For Firms in Northern Iraq, Self-Help Should Be Better than None at All

    FPA Administrator
    22 Apr 2015 | 2:23 pm
    A Blackwater Security Company MD-530F helicopter aids in securing the site of a car bomb explosion in Baghdad, Iraq, on December 4, 2004, during Operation IRAQI FREEDOM.(U.S. Air Force Photo by Master Sgt. Michael E. Best) (Released) (Released to Public) By Dr. Oren Litwin In an explosive campaign last year, the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which also known as the Islamic State, captured much of northern Iraq. The spoils of their conquest included several large oil fields, which had been run by major multinational oil producers like Exxon, BP, and MobileChina, as well as smaller…
  • Marshalling Candor Spirit before ‘Countering Violent Extremism’

    Abukar Arman
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:18 am
    Violent extremism presents existential dilemma to all irrespective of faith, race, political and economic status. Countering such seemingly ubiquitous threat requires comprehensive strategy that addresses the root causes and effects of the issue at hand. It requires broad-based collaboration and coordination that, needless to say, can only be achieved when there is strong foundation of goodwill and trust between parties. Unfortunately, in the past decade or so, some U.S. agencies and offices, such as the FBI and the Homeland Security Office of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, have played…
  • Mumbai Avengers and Other Tales from the Indian Security Establishment

    David J. Karl
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:43 am
    Photo Credit: Suyash Sonawane   The launch party for a fictional book this past weekend in New Delhi featured several noteworthy assertions about the real-world dimensions of the India-Pakistan rivalry and the inside workings of India’s national security machinery. Mumbai Avengers is a new thriller about a retired Indian army general who puts together a crack team of freelance agents to roam the world tracking down the perpetrators of the horrific November 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai. For its part, the book’s release party assembled a real-life retired Indian army general (V.K.
 
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    From Russia with Love

  • Spotted in Canada: A Yuri Gagarin

    12 Apr 2015 | 1:52 pm
    On this day in 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first man in space. Still in his 20's, Gagarin (pronounced YOUR-ee Guh-GAR-in) shot up from being a household name across Russia to being an international celebrity. His smile lit up the Cold War noted his boss, Sergey Korolev, chief engineer of the Soviet space program. Gagarin's premature death seven years later was a national tragedy. A seasoned
  • McDonald's Celebrates 25 years in Russia

    2 Feb 2015 | 12:29 am
    McDonald's of Russia celebrated its 25th anniversary in recent days. Oh sure, we remember that red letter day in 1999 when the biggest-ever Mickey D's opened in Moscow. Folks waited in an hours-long queue for a taste of the west. These days, the wait's so much shorter. And since then, even bigger McDonald's restaurants have opened elsewhere. . . Best of all, McDonald's eventually came to
  • Auschwitz: A Look at the Russian Exposition

    27 Jan 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Soviet troops fought their way into Auschwitz on January 27, 1945. They first learned about the death camp weeks earlier when liberating Krakow, Poland an hour east. In the 70 years since, the Auschwitz site has been carefully preserved. The memorial and museum are a high-priority visit for travelers to central Europe. I'd been to Auschwitz, myself, in 2004, part of a large conference group and
  • The Resurrection of a Moscow Cathedral

    31 Dec 2014 | 10:18 am
    On a recent trip to Moscow, a visit to Cathedral of Christ the Savior topped my list of new experiences. Having stumbled across the drama of its construction, destruction and eventual rebuilding, I wanted to learn more. I can't endorse all its teachings, but still, there's much to admire here, including the resilience of the Russian spirit.  At the cathedral on a recent December evening.
  • Spotting Ronald Reagan in Warsaw

    22 Dec 2014 | 4:46 am
    In Warsaw and looking for adventure, I headed out from my hostel near the Copernicus statue into the drizzle in search of Ronald Reagan. And sure enough, at the edge of a small park across from the U.S. Embassy is a monument honoring our 40th president. Cast in bronze, the statue of Ronald Reagan captures him in 1987 at the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin, when he challenged Soviet leader Mikhail
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  • What If?

    19 Apr 2015 | 12:56 pm
    The thought of seeing a reflection of my character in a mirror drives me to my knees. I pray that my thoughts, actions, and beliefs are in alignment. And I pray that my character reveals an integrity and authenticity that is pleasing to Him.
  • Close encounters with Christ

    20 Feb 2015 | 8:32 am
    As I was reading in chapter 20 of the book of John, I noticed that there are three types of encounters with Christ;Jesus appears to Mary and He gives her a Message. Jesus appears to the disciples and gives them a Mission.Jesus appears to Thomas and gives him a Mandate.Let's take a look at each one:John 20:11-18Jesus meets Mary Magdalene early in the morning in the tomb as she's standing there lost in grief. He shows Himself to her, but she doesn't recognize Him, so He calls her by name, thrilled at the sight of Him she wants to hold on and not let Him go...but He wants her to serve Him. She…
  • Taking inventory with one word in mind...

    1 Jan 2015 | 9:01 am
    Do I feel passionate about my relationship with God? Am I living a wholehearted life? What things do I feel like I need to change about my spiritual life? What areas of my life are suffering due to complacency? These are a few of the questions that I'm asking myself. At the end and beginning of each year is a great time to take stock of one's life. An inventory if you will. Start with the most important relationships and move out from there. Personally, I start with God...How have I treated God over the past year? What type of relationship do I have with Him? Is He first in my daily…
  • Easy Toffee aka 'Christmas Crack'

    26 Dec 2014 | 8:35 pm
    Normally this recipe is made with saltines on the bottom layer. Since I'm gluten free I couldn't use the regular crackers and I haven't seen any gluten free alternatives here in Belize. However, I recently found a gluten free Rice Biscuit Cereal and decided to see if they would work in this recipe and they did!Oh my goodness does this treat live up to it's nickname. I couldn't stop eating it until it was all gone! I have to add this to my Christmas treats for next year!!!Easy Gluten Free ToffeeIngredients:3 cups Gluten Free Rice Biscuit Cereal (or Rice Chex)1/2 cup butter1 cup brown sugar,…
  • Merry Christmas!

    25 Dec 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Blessings to you!
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    English Russia

  • The Huge Drilling Platform of Sakhalin

    team
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:40 pm
    "Rosneft" company has finished drilling works at the most extended oil field "Chaivo" in Sakhalin, Russia. Production well O-14 is 13 500 meters deep, the drain is 12 033 long. It took them 156 days to drill the well. We … Read more...
  • War Veterans: Then And Now

    team
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:48 pm
    On these images you can see the veterans who managed to survive the war and live up to these days. They have been searched all around Russia and former Soviet republics. Most of them are 80-90 years old, some are … Read more...
  • New Military Museum In Minsk, Belarus

    team
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    A new military museum devoted to World War II has opened in Minsk, Belarus, just recently. It is appropriately located right behind the stele "Minsk is a hero city" erected in 1985. We are going to join blogger deletant and … Read more...
  • The Worst Russian Roads Can Be Found Here

    team
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:54 pm
    — What do you want me to show you? — asks the taxi driver. — What is your city famous for? Show me the most interesting things! — Well let's go and see our roads then! It's the most worthy thing … Read more...
  • Chiatura: Half Dead City of Georgia

    team
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:09 pm
    A small city hidden in the mountaneous region of Georgia impressed photographer and traveller Pavel Morozov very much, so he spent several days there, mostly on its numerous ropeways. Chiatura is a city of miners that has dozens of functioning … Read more...
 
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    Vladimir Kara-Murza's blog

  • Russia’s Democrats Unite, in Memory of Boris Nemtsov

    Vladimir Kara-Murza
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:17 am
    MOSCOW — It seems to always take a tragedy for Russia’s pro-democracy forces to unite. In November 1998, at the funeral of the murdered liberal lawmaker Galina Starovoitova, the leaders of the country’s fragmented democratic parties made a pledge to get their act together. The resulting coalition (initially known as Just Cause, later as the Union of Rightist Forces) won six million votes and three-dozen seats in Parliament in the 1999 election and, under the leadership of Boris Nemtsov, was the principal opposition voice in the Russian Duma for the next four years. In the last months of…
  • Kremlin Election Fraud Revealed. Again.

    Vladimir Kara-Murza
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:10 am
    NOVOYE DEVYATKINO, Russia — The most popular political myths of Vladimir Putin’s regime, too often uncritically repeated by Western commentators—that Putin and his United Russia party are “supported by the vast majority of Russians” and that the opposition is “weak” and “unpopular”—are rarely tested, since most of the time Kremlin opponents are barred from the ballot. Last Sunday offered a rare glimpse into the actual opinions of Russian voters. On March 22nd, Novoye Devyatkino, a municipality north of St. Petersburg that has been referred to as “Russia’s New…
  • Boris Nemtsov, 1959–2015

    Vladimir Kara-Murza
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:14 am
    MOSCOW — This is probably the most difficult piece in my life. Boris Yefimovich Nemtsov was a rarity in politics. Having raced up the political power ladder—member of Parliament at 30, regional governor at 32, senator at 34, first deputy prime minister at 38, leader of the parliamentary opposition at 40—he always maintained his honesty, his character, and his principles, never betraying his ideals or his friends. He was the face of a different, freer, more hopeful, and more European Russia. A committed democrat and modernizer, who propelled his Nizhny Novgorod region to one of the…
  • Mr. Putin’s Word is Void of Value

    Vladimir Kara-Murza
    14 Jan 2015 | 10:08 am
    MOSCOW — “Mr. Putin does not want to annex eastern Ukraine. I am sure of it. He told me so,” French President François Hollande affirmed in a recent radio interview. Whether this was an unfortunate turn of phrase or genuine naïveté, Western leaders should be reminded of what Russian citizens have long known—that Vladimir Putin’s promises are rarely worth the paper they are written on. Here is but a short selection of prominent “he-told-me-so’s” from the Kremlin leader. “To take away the people’s right to elect their regional leaders would be wrong… and would…
  • US Investigation Topples Kremlin Propaganda Chief

    Vladimir Kara-Murza
    30 Dec 2014 | 1:43 pm
    MOSCOW — On December 19th, Gazprom Media, the Kremlin-controlled information empire, unexpectedly announced the resignation of its chairman, Mikhail Lesin, “for family reasons.” Lesin himself declined to comment. Vladimir Putin’s former press minister, who oversaw the destruction of three independent nationwide television networks in the early 2000s, was brought back to run a key component in the Kremlin’s propaganda machine in late 2013, just before the Ukrainian revolution and Putin’s annexation of Crimea. Over the past year, media outlets under Lesin’s control—including NTV…
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