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    Russia | The Guardian

  • Steve Bell on Binyamin Netanyahu and Vladimir Putin cartoon

    Steve Bell
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:44 pm
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  • Russia confirms death of five geckos on space sex mission

    Alan Yuhas in New York
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Reptiles were part of zero-gravity research into reproductionGeckos mummified remains suggest they froze to deathRussias space agency on Monday confirmed that five geckos, launched into space for an experiment on weightlessness and sexual behavior, have died.The federal space agency released a statement saying the landing apparatus of the Photon-M satellite had returned to earth as planned, falling into Russias Orenburg region at 1.18pm Moscow time, and that the entire herpetological crew had perished at some point during their odyssey. With four female lizards and one male on board, Russian…
  • Kazakhstan is latest Russian neighbour to feel Putin's chilly nationalist rhetoric

    Ian Traynor, Europe editor
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:42 am
    As Obama reassures Baltic states of Nato's protection, Kazakhs wonder if they will follow Ukraine, Chechnya and GeorgiaBarack Obama leaves Washington on Tuesday for the small Baltic state of Estonia on Russia's north-western border to reassure the vulnerable country that it is safe within Nato from Vladimir Putin's clutches.En route to Wales for a Nato summit that Putin, in Ukraine, has transformed into the most important such gathering since the end of the cold war, Obama will reiterate the alliance's '"all-for-one and one-for-all" defence pledges of Nato's article five…
  • 'Russian tank battalion' helps rebels make gains in east Ukraine, Kiev claims

    Shaun Walker in Mariupol
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:33 am
    Ukraine says Moscow is providing direct military support to rebels as army and volunteer battalions report heavy casualtiesPro-Russia rebels are making decisive gains against Ukrainian forces in the east of the country, a turning of tides on the battlefield that Kiev says is due to Moscow providing direct military support.The Ukrainians suffered fresh losses on Monday, abandoning the airport in the key city of Luhansk after it came under attack by what a Ukrainian military spokesman, Andriy Lysenko, claimed was "a Russian tank battalion". Continue reading...
  • Nato to create high-readiness force to counter Russian threat

    Ewen MacAskill in Brussels
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:19 am
    Spearhead force will be made up of around 4,000 troops with capacity to 'travel light but strike hard', according to NatoNato is to create a 4,000-strong "spearhead" high-readiness force that can be deployed rapidly in eastern Europe and the Baltic states to help protect member nations against potential Russian aggression, according to Nato officials.Leaders from the 28 Nato countries are expected to approve the plan at the alliance's summit in Wales when the Ukraine crisis tops the agenda on Friday. Continue reading...
 
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    Легкая атлетика России

  • Хорошие выходные

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:02 am
    Влодарчик – рекордсменка мира, Льюис-Смолвуд -обладательница национального достижения, Колодко демонстрирует стабильность, а Шалин женился.
  • Поздравляем!

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:27 am
    Всероссийская федерация легкой атлетики и президент ВФЛА Валентин Балахничев поздравляют всех работников Информационного телеграфного агентства России со славным событием – 110-летием ИТАР-ТАСС.
  • Россияне третьи на DecaNation

    1 Sep 2014 | 1:53 am
    Сборная России по легкой атлетике заняла третье место на международном турнире семи стран во французском Анже.
  • Мозаика

    30 Aug 2014 | 5:32 am
    Франция планирует выиграть «DecaNation», Шипперс не собирается бросать семиборье, Первый официальный бюллетень Пекина-2015, Хартинг за Олимпиаду-2024 в Берлине, Лоло Джонс в «Танцах со звездами».
  • С миру по нитке

    29 Aug 2014 | 2:48 am
    Кучина – третья победа подряд, Болт выбегает из десяти секунд, Пауэлл вновь едет в Риети, Рудиша настроен на мировой рекорд, учитель Эллиотт возвращается на дорожку, Лавилленье выступит в мото-версии гонки «24 часа Ле-Мана».
 
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    English Russia

  • Crazy Drivers Cut Traffic Thru Railway Tunnel

    tim
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Cutting traffic thru a tunnel where trams go might be a good idea at least some people think so, however there are rails inside the tunnel, so they drive right along the rails, like the trains. See yourself if you … Read more...
  • Greatest Russian Inventions

    team
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:54 pm
    200 years ago people still did not have electricity, good vehicles, television, mobile phones, Internet and other things we cannot do without today. Some of the most significant inventions were made by Russians, and here they are… Gleb Kotelnikov is … Read more...
  • Party In a Russian Star Wars Fan Club

    team
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:19 pm
    People love “Star Wars” all around the world. Russia is not an exception. These are some pictures from a party arranged in a Star Wars fan club somewhere in Russia.  
  • Palm Tree Made From Plastic Bottles

    team
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:11 pm
    Some creativity may give another, new life to things we don’t need anymore, like empty plastic bottles. With this in mind, one Russian family made a nice palm tree for their yard.
  • Semi-dressed Captured Ukrainian Soldiers Forced to Jump

    tim
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:16 pm
    After the soldiers of Ukrainian army “Donbass” regiment were captured they were reportedly forced to jump and shout “Those who don’t jump are the protectors of their homeland, those who jump are the ….(censored)”. Semi dressed. Video is inside.
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    Sean's Russia Blog

  • 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…
  • 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…
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    White Sun of the Desert

  • 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…
  • Tough Times for Ronald in Russia

    Tim Newman
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:25 am
    I was once told a story by an American who found himself working in Russia in the early 1990s.  He had met a fellow American who was involved with the opening of McDonald’s in Moscow, and the latter was finding things rather frustrating, particularly when trying to introduce western standards of customer service to the staff.  Apparently, he told one of the Russia servers to greet the customers and offer a smile, which prompted the following response: “Why?  We’re the ones with all the burgers.” It seems that almost 25 years later some Russians still haven’t…
  • The Russian Effect on Crimea

    Tim Newman
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:05 am
    Thanks to Michael Jennings for forwarding me this story: A man died and a woman ended up in a hospital in separate incidents in the line for the ferry between the Krasnodar region and the recently annexed Crimea over the weekend, local news website Kerch.FM reported. The woman sustained a head injury Saturday after being attacked by other passengers for allegedly attempting to jump the line for the ferry back to the Krasnodar region, the website reported. In recent days, people have spent up to 40 hours in the line for the ferry service. Another man died from a heart…
  • The Rocks in Russia’s Harbours

    Tim Newman
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:34 am
    For some reason, Russia has decided to respond to western sanctions over its behaviour in Ukraine by banning imports of stuff Russians like to eat.  Other blogs have covered the story well in terms of its stupidity and likely impact, but I’d like to weigh in as well. Firstly, I think Russia will find it quite difficult to diversify its suppliers across a whole sector for the simple reason that doing business with Russian companies is a nightmare at the best of times and their current suppliers will have gone through a long, hard, and painful route to get where they are now.  New…
 
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    Windows to Russia

  • Imported goods vs local goods…

    kKeeton
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:48 am
    The big magazine (name for a store) called Magnet in the big village, is labeling everything imported or local/Russian produced. This has come about over the sanctions and people are being educated... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • “Exit, stage left!” and “Heavens to Murgatroyd!”

    kKeeton
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:24 pm
    When you play games with the truth, you have a lot to lose and when truth comes home to roost, it is too late, you have lost already… “People say, ‘Well, just wait till the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Simple Farm Grilled Carp Recipe in Russia…

    kKeeton
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Carp is everywhere in Russia and all major stores have live carp in tanks to buy. Farm raised carp is a leftover from the Soviet era and after eating carp many times in Russia, I see why Russians... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Sveta is so good at taking pictures…

    kKeeton
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:52 pm
    I love it and anytime I can get such clear reflective images of the village, I get all happy and smiles pop out… This is the image upside down and you can see the monastery: Then this is the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Been watching what Russia would do about this Encirclement…

    kKeeton
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:03 pm
    Tidbit: Ruthenian, also called Ruthene, any of those Ukrainians who were formerly Polish or Austrian and Austro-Hungarian subjects… MOSCOW, August 29. /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s President... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    an expat journal

  • Hope For Life

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Last month a new ministry opened up here in Belize!Hope Life is a Christian organization that is dedicated to offering love, emotional support, and material help to women who are faced with an unintended pregnancy.The director/founder, Jadine Fritzler, worked with us at CDF and was one of the eight students who graduated from the two year course in Christian Counseling that Tom teaches at Belize Bible Center.The Mayor, Simeon Lopez, and Deputy Mayor, Anna Banner Guy, were in attendance. Judy Vasquez, Director of Seeds of Life in Belize City The pastors in attendance prayed over all…
  • The Gift of Teamwork...

    25 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    Do you work well with your spouse? There was a time when Tom and I tried to team teach back in California. We'd been married about 15 years or so. Though the talk went well...WE did not do so well...before or after. Let's just say there was weeping and gnashing of teeth involved. Thankfully, both of us have grown up a lot since then.We've learned to work as a team over the past 9 years on the mission field. It came about slowly but surely. We've gained a greater respect for one another as the bond of partnership has strengthened throughout the years. Realizing that we are on…
  • Thought for Today

    6 Aug 2014 | 12:29 pm
    The desire to praise God comes from the depth of our relationship with Him. It's not about religion. It's not meant to be an act of duty.  It should flow from a heart filled with love, gratitude, and reverence for Who He is and all that He is. Dig into the Word for yourself and discover Who He is. Take time to get to know Him. Draw near to Him, seek Him, and He will reveal Himself to you. And you will find Him worthy of all praise, glory, and honor!
  • Back to class

    3 May 2014 | 4:00 pm
    The counseling classes are in full swing again. We had 19 students in class today. It is so exciting to see people learning and growing personally. It's such a joy to know how many lives can be changed through these students as they reach out to help others.
  • 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.
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    English Russia

  • Crazy Drivers Cut Traffic Thru Railway Tunnel

    tim
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Cutting traffic thru a tunnel where trams go might be a good idea at least some people think so, however there are rails inside the tunnel, so they drive right along the rails, like the trains. See yourself if you … Read more...
  • Greatest Russian Inventions

    team
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:54 pm
    200 years ago people still did not have electricity, good vehicles, television, mobile phones, Internet and other things we cannot do without today. Some of the most significant inventions were made by Russians, and here they are… Gleb Kotelnikov is … Read more...
  • Party In a Russian Star Wars Fan Club

    team
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:19 pm
    People love “Star Wars” all around the world. Russia is not an exception. These are some pictures from a party arranged in a Star Wars fan club somewhere in Russia.  
  • Palm Tree Made From Plastic Bottles

    team
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:11 pm
    Some creativity may give another, new life to things we don’t need anymore, like empty plastic bottles. With this in mind, one Russian family made a nice palm tree for their yard.
  • Semi-dressed Captured Ukrainian Soldiers Forced to Jump

    tim
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:16 pm
    After the soldiers of Ukrainian army “Donbass” regiment were captured they were reportedly forced to jump and shout “Those who don’t jump are the protectors of their homeland, those who jump are the ….(censored)”. Semi dressed. Video is inside.
 
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    RUSSIAN SPHINX

  • Tableau's culture

    14 Aug 2014 | 4:27 am
    I applied for work and I was rejected. The HR lady called me to provide me with the feedback, she said shortly that nothing was wrong with my application but the successful candidate had better experience. I hoped that I would get some additional points for being active in the Tableau's community (blogging, tweeting, helping Tableau's customers, making tutorials). I was angry that it
  • Maps in Tableau 8.2 - street level

    8 Aug 2014 | 3:15 am
    There're new maps in Tableau 8.2. Now you can choose between Tableau (the new maps) and Tableau Classic (the old ones, not medieval maps but just from 8.1 version). You switch between the two options here: Enter Map Options to get a variety of choices that will blow your mind (hmmm not so many but still useful and worth checking). Tick the Streets and Highways box. Compare the maps
  • Tableau Mapping Template for London Boroughs

    6 Aug 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Feel free to use this template in your Tableau projects, just remember about placing the information about the owner of the original shape file. You can check Tableau template for London wards too. Learn About Tableau
  • Tableau Mapping Template for London Wards

    6 Aug 2014 | 1:01 pm
    If you've searched for a Tableau mapping template for London, you can stop googling :) If you need other templates for the UK, you should check http://tableaumapping.bi Tableau Mapping is a website where Tableau users share their maps created from open shape files, feel free to join them. Situation with shape files is complex as only in some countries the Statistics Offices publish them for free
  • Devil's tooltip (ubertip) in Tableau

    26 Jun 2014 | 9:43 am
    The official name of this tooltip's the ubertip, but the devil's tooltip shows its real nature. Ubertips appear after clicking on row or column headers, when clicking on a mark or data item in the view, they don't appear. Let's analyse this example. After clicking on the text in the heading, the tooltip pops up.                                       Tooltip
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    Vladimir Kara-Murza's blog

  • 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…
  • Putin’s Chess War

    Vladimir Kara-Murza
    1 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
    MOSCOW — Just as during the Cold War, when sporting competitions between the free world and the Communist camp inevitably acquired a political dimension, big sport is increasingly becoming big politics for Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin. Nowhere can this be seen more clearly than in the ongoing campaign for the presidency of FIDE, the World Chess Federation, that will be decided at the congress in Tromso, Norway, on August 11th. Two contenders—both of them Russian—are vying for the position. One is Garry Kasparov, the legendary grandmaster, the 13th world chess champion, and an eight-time…
  • Police Raids, Intimidation Greet Moscow's Campaign Season

    Vladimir Kara-Murza
    17 Jun 2014 | 8:56 am
    MOSCOW — The campaign for the 2014 Moscow legislative election began, as has become customary in Vladimir Putin’s Russia, with police raids. Last week, Russia’s Investigative Committee charged Konstantin Yankauskas, a Moscow municipal legislator and a candidate for the City Duma in the September 14th vote, and fellow election contender Nikolai Lyaskin, with “fraud,” conducting searches in their apartments. Lyaskin was released under prosecutorial recognizance; Yankauskas was sentenced to house arrest and will be unable to file his nomination papers at the electoral commission. Both…
  • Kremlin Prepares Election Farce in St. Petersburg

    Vladimir Kara-Murza
    6 Jun 2014 | 10:48 am
    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia — This week, the Kremlin-appointed governor of St. Petersburg, former KGB officer Georgy Poltavchenko, became the latest in a string of Russian regional leaders who formally “resigned” their posts in order to seek early reelection on September 14th. Of the 30 gubernatorial polls to be held this fall, 19 will be early elections called because of the resignation or dismissal of the incumbents. The Kremlin and its regional henchmen want to capitalize on the temporary spike in support for the regime after the annexation of Crimea, and ensure reelection before approval…
 
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