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  • Armed Pro-Russians Seize Ukraine Military Vehicles in Setback to Kyiv Offensive

    Russia News latest RSS headlines - Russia News.net
    16 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Masked pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine seized armored vehicles from the Ukrainian army Wednesday, in a humiliating blow to Ukrainian efforts to recapture towns controlled by pro-Moscow ...
  • Ukraine crisis: military stands down in confrontations with protesters - live

    Russia | The Guardian
    Tom McCarthy and Alan Yuhas in New York and Mark Tran in London
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Pro-Russian militia members seize combat vehiclesGlum Ukrainian troops leave Slavyansk on busesSee an interactive, city-by-city map of the crisisNato to step up military presence in eastern EuropeHigh-level talks to be held in Geneva ThursdayRead the latest blog summary here 11.05pm BST We're going to wrap up our live blog coverage for the day. Here's a summary of where things stand: A Ukrainian military incursion in the east produced multiple strained confrontations but few reports of bloodshed Wednesday as crowds of defiant locals and militia members intercepted military convoys. 10.25pm…
  • Sanctions on Russia Would Devastate Businesses – French-Russian Commerce Group

    RIA Novosti
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:14 am
    Top officials at the Franco-Russian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (CCIFR) have warned of devastating consequences for business if broad EU economic sanctions are introduced against Russia.
  • Совет ИААФ. Первый день.

    Легкая атлетика России
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:19 am
    В Дакаре на Совете Международной ассоциации легкоатлетических федераций (ИААФ), утверждено расписание чемпионата мира-2015 в Пекине. Турнир пройдет с 22 по 30 августа. Будет разыграно 47 комплектов наград: 24 у мужчин и 23 у женщин.
  • Highlights: Zenit 6-2 Rubin Kazan

    ESPN Feed: russia
    6 Apr 2014 | 10:43 am
    Zenit St. Petersburg thrash Rubin Kazan 6-2 in Russian Premier League with a spectacular hat-trick from Venezuela international Jose Salomon Rondon.
 
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    Russia | The Guardian

  • Ukraine crisis: military stands down in confrontations with protesters - live

    Tom McCarthy and Alan Yuhas in New York and Mark Tran in London
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Pro-Russian militia members seize combat vehiclesGlum Ukrainian troops leave Slavyansk on busesSee an interactive, city-by-city map of the crisisNato to step up military presence in eastern EuropeHigh-level talks to be held in Geneva ThursdayRead the latest blog summary here 11.05pm BST We're going to wrap up our live blog coverage for the day. Here's a summary of where things stand: A Ukrainian military incursion in the east produced multiple strained confrontations but few reports of bloodshed Wednesday as crowds of defiant locals and militia members intercepted military convoys. 10.25pm…
  • Crisis in east Ukraine: a city-by-city guide to the spreading conflict

    Alan Yuhas and Tom McCarthy
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Clashes between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russia militias have been popping up in cities across the east. Here's where things standPro-Russian militias and crowds of unarmed locals have been confronting Ukrainian troops trying to reclaim government buildings and territory in eastern Ukraine. Here's a city-by-city guide to the clashes. Updated on 16 April 2014. Continue reading...
  • Ukrainian troops 'demoralised' as civilians face down anti-terror drive

    Alec Luhn
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
    General Vasily Krutov says main force is security service with army as back-up, but analysts criticise lack of plan from KievThe situation has been repeated several times now across east Ukraine following Kiev's announcement of its anti-terrorist operation at the weekend: Ukrainian troops and their hardware are blocked by angry residents, who stop them in their tracks and convince them to turn round or even withdraw.On Wednesday, pro-Russian militia captured six Ukrainian infantry fighting vehicles and, allegedly, 60 soldiers in Kramatorsk, driving them to nearby Slavyansk with a Russian flag…
  • Kiev's grip on eastern Ukraine weakens as pro-Russians seize army vehicles

    Luke Harding in Slavyansk
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:41 am
    What was meant to be a show of strength by Ukraine's army has instead shown how the country is unravellingFor Kiev's beleaguered army it was meant to be a display of strength. Early on Wednesday a column of six armoured personnel carriers trundled through the town of Kramatorsk, in eastern Ukraine. Some 24 hours earlier Ukrainian soldiers had recaptured a small disused aerodrome. Their next target appeared to be Slavyansk, the neighbouring town, occupied by a shadowy Russian militia. Was victory close? Continue reading...
  • Ukraine says it has evidence of Russia's involvement in unrest in the east - video

    Guardian Staff
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:58 am
    Ukraine's security service says its counter-intelligence department has found members of the Russian special services involved in unrest in eastern Ukraine. The head of the counter-intelligence department says discussions have been documented involving plans to kill up to 200 people after which Russian forces would invade Ukraine Continue reading...
 
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    Легкая атлетика России

  • Совет ИААФ. Первый день.

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:19 am
    В Дакаре на Совете Международной ассоциации легкоатлетических федераций (ИААФ), утверждено расписание чемпионата мира-2015 в Пекине. Турнир пройдет с 22 по 30 августа. Будет разыграно 47 комплектов наград: 24 у мужчин и 23 у женщин.
  • Мотивация Чичеровой

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:08 am
    Чемпионка мира и Олимпийских игр в прыжке в высоту Анна Чичерова в октябре прошлого года перенесла артроскопическую операцию на голеностопе правой ноги, из-за чего пропустила нынешний зимний сезон. Сейчас спортсменка находится на сборе в Сочи. Об этом и многом другом она рассказала корреспонденту «СЭ».
  • Чемпионат мира – в Казани

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:17 am
    Столица Татарстана Казань примет чемпионат мира по легкой атлетике среди юниоров в 2016 году. Об этом было объявлено сегодня на заседании Совета ИААФ, который проходит в Дакаре.
  • Российская высота в Юджине

    15 Apr 2014 | 3:50 am
    На третьем этапе «Бриллиантовой лиги»PrefontaineClassic, который 31-го мая пройдет в Юджине, в прыжке в высоту выступят четыре россиянки.
  • Невозможное возможно

    15 Apr 2014 | 3:14 am
    В Дакаре в эти дни проходит Совет Международной ассоциации легкоатлетических федераций (IAAF). Наваль Эль Мутавакель получила высокую награду от НОК Сенегала и объявила о возможности выдвижения своей кандидатуры на пост президента ИААФ.
 
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  • A Soviet Trace in Space Suits Manufacturing

    tim_post
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Spacesuits  for Russian cosmonauts are being produced at the factory “Star”. The “Star” started working in 1952. But in that time factory did not have a name – it was called the factory “№ 918″ and was one of the … Read more...
  • Exclusion Zone: The most secret corners of Chernobyl

    tim_post
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:58 am
    Today the Exclusion zone is a superficial open radioactive source. Within radioactively contaminated territories a series of works were carried out to prevent the spread of radioactive contamination and radionuclides outside the exclusion zone  to the main reservoirs of Ukraine (Kiev reservoir, the … Read more...
  • Vladimir Vorobjev: Another Soviet Photo Realist

    tim_post
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:47 pm
    Vladimir Vorobjev is another Soviet photographer which didn’t become famous during his lifetime. His granddaughter spent her time together with another man going through his archives and after that the photos were published in a Russian magazine. He was especially … Read more...
  • Preparation for Paskha (Easter)

    tim_post
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:07 pm
      On Paskha (Russian for Easter) some homes used to serve round cakes with sugary decorative toppings which they call Kulich. According to Wikipedia, those kuliches were a tradition of pre Christian slavic people of Russia, which was sort of … Read more...
  • Trains and Rural Landscapes

    tim_post
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:54 am
    Just some pictures of Russian trains going through rural landscapes. Trains of coal, cows enjoying the spring sun, dogs – all this and more is inside. via
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    Sean's Russia Blog

  • Graffiti for Crimea

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Korean Ferry SInking

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

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

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

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

    Tim Newman
    18 Mar 2014 | 7:58 am
    This might be a bit optimistic: Greenpeace is taking Russia to court over the arrest of 30 activists in the Arctic and is demanding compensation for their trouble, reports said. Amsterdam-based Greenpeace said on Monday it filed a lawsuit with the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France, to seek compensation and confirmation that the arrest was illegal. “We think the Arctic 30 were apprehended and detained in flagrant violation of applicable international and Russian laws, and that’s why we have submitted a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights,”lawyer Sergey…
 
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    Windows to Russia

  • FIDO and General Wes Clark in Ukraine: US Advisors on the Ground, Deadly Messenger by John Stanton

    kKeeton
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:37 pm
    “Oh my God, I’m back. I’m home. All the time, it was… We finally really did it! You Maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!” That’s the dialogue that... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Kiev Ukraine Losing Troops faster than they can lie about it…

    kKeeton
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:15 am
    Update: According to Interfax, citing local self-defense activists, some 300 Ukrainian troops agreed to lay down their weapons and “go home” following negotiations in Slavyansk. “We managed to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Russian Sauerkraut

    kKeeton
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:16 am
    In Russia it is easy to find sauerkraut. Just find a bus station or a metro station and you will find the best sauerkraut around. You will also find every type of sauerkraut imaginable, except for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Lets Be Stupid and hang ourselves (U.S.) to death over sanctions…

    kKeeton
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:21 am
    Below is an e-mail and it is from a Russian organization a very large Russian organization. This just could be the largest Dell customer in Russia. No I will not tell who it is, but I will tell you... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Seriously are we nuts: East Ukraine is a Terrorist Community?

    kKeeton
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:59 am
    We have come full circle in the manifestation of ignorance and we now have stepped over the line of total lack of morals. We have reached a new pinnacle of care for humanity… This has got to be... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Getting Un-stuck From Red Dawn

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

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

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

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

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

  • Vienna Photoshoot, Day 1

    Tom
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:25 pm
    No travel today. Speranza is resting peacefully in my hotel's basement. I, however, have been shooting photos as part of my class here. You may see more of them, if you wish, here.
  • Onward to Austria

    Tom
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Grüß Gott! I had a splendid run through Germany to the Austrian border this morning. I left Nuremberg at 0700 so had a quiet hour or so before traffic built up and was able to improve on yesterday's speed. Bear in mind that's still short of Speranza's maximum by some 26kph. So there's still something to shoot for on my runs to and from Berlin.  Tantalisingly close Weather and road conditions were generally good but there were quite a few roadworks to spoil the fun. As I neared Austria, the weather turned bad and I was reduced to positioning myself behind proper cars, rather than the trucks…
  • A brilliant day in Germany

    Tom
    12 Apr 2014 | 2:19 pm
    The sun shone. I drove on unrestricted autobahns with the roof down at some speed. My Dunhill flat cap puzzled German motorists by not flying off. It's a matter of aerodynamics. My football team won at home, which means "the great escape" from relegation is still on. And I made some new friends. I did not come anywhere near to maxing Speranza out today. It's the beginning of the school holidays and the autobahns were packed. I enjoyed the instant separation of cavaliers and roundheads when the magic road sign appeared. Even more so as I was able to lead the cavaliers' charge. Still, I never…
  • London to Verviers

    Tom
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Speranza, entrained  The problem with the French language is that everything - for example the word for a tax expert (fiscaliste) - sounds glamorous, whereas - even in le monde francophone - everything isn't. The name of my overnight stop for this evening - Verviers, in the French-speaking part of Belgium - sounds delightful but is a bit of a dump. The hotel is clean and comfortable, despite a large party going on for a Belgian hipster clientele. In fairness, a group of young party-goers who were parked next to Speranza - a crowd climbing into a tiny Toyota as if it were a Tardis - were very…
  • Where are we?

    Tom
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:04 am
    This post will remain at the head of the blog for the duration of my current road trip. You can track my tour map here.  Please chip in with suggestions for things to see, people to meet and diversions to make.
 
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    an expat journal

  • Baptism highlights...

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

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

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

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

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

  • A Soviet Trace in Space Suits Manufacturing

    tim_post
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Spacesuits  for Russian cosmonauts are being produced at the factory “Star”. The “Star” started working in 1952. But in that time factory did not have a name – it was called the factory “№ 918″ and was one of the … Read more...
  • Exclusion Zone: The most secret corners of Chernobyl

    tim_post
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:58 am
    Today the Exclusion zone is a superficial open radioactive source. Within radioactively contaminated territories a series of works were carried out to prevent the spread of radioactive contamination and radionuclides outside the exclusion zone  to the main reservoirs of Ukraine (Kiev reservoir, the … Read more...
  • Vladimir Vorobjev: Another Soviet Photo Realist

    tim_post
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:47 pm
    Vladimir Vorobjev is another Soviet photographer which didn’t become famous during his lifetime. His granddaughter spent her time together with another man going through his archives and after that the photos were published in a Russian magazine. He was especially … Read more...
  • Preparation for Paskha (Easter)

    tim_post
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:07 pm
      On Paskha (Russian for Easter) some homes used to serve round cakes with sugary decorative toppings which they call Kulich. According to Wikipedia, those kuliches were a tradition of pre Christian slavic people of Russia, which was sort of … Read more...
  • Trains and Rural Landscapes

    tim_post
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:54 am
    Just some pictures of Russian trains going through rural landscapes. Trains of coal, cows enjoying the spring sun, dogs – all this and more is inside. via
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    RUSSIAN SPHINX

  • How to create polygon map based on image in Tableau

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

    9 Apr 2014 | 1:17 am
    The largest buyers of the Russian gas were Germany (16% of Gazprom's export), Ukraine (15%), Turkey (12%) and Belarus (9%). Gazprom Group in 2012 sold in total 151 bcm of natural gas to European countries and 66 bcm to FSU countries. The data have been published by Gazprom in Gazprom in Figures 2008-2012.  Learn About Tableau
  • Die grössten Waffenexporteure und Importeure 2009-2013

    5 Apr 2014 | 2:18 am
    Learn About Tableau
  • The easiest and cheapest way to learn Tableau

    6 Mar 2014 | 10:35 am
    My tips for people who want to learn Tableau without any budget :) 1. Training & Tutorials on Tableau's website Select 'On Demand', you have to create an account but it's free and you don't need to be a Tableau customer. The tutorials are selected into few groups Intro, Advanced, Chart Types, Server. It's the best place to start learning. Check 'Live Online' out too. Tableau's
  • How to get Latitude and Longitude (geographic coordinates)

    21 Feb 2014 | 5:06 am
    You need Latitude and Longitude of a place (address, city, etc.). There is a good tool for each life situation, so let's check the possibilities. 1. You have a few thousands of addresses and you need its geographic coordinates. The answer is Batch Geocoding. It's good, I can even say it's very good :) Important Two or even more cities can have the same name, like Moscow (the
 
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    Vladimir Kara-Murza's blog

  • Putin and the ‘Good Hitler’

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

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

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

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

    Vladimir Kara-Murza
    6 Mar 2014 | 10:20 am
    One can think of a few possible ways to change Vladimir Putin’s mind on the occupation of Ukraine. He may listen to public opinion: 73 percent of Russians, even according to the state-run VTsIOM polling agency, oppose intervention in Ukraine. He may be persuaded by Russian opposition leaders, who condemned the war as “madness of a deranged KGB officer” and a “reckless policy” that “goes against the interests of our country.” He may be swayed by Western moves to suspend military cooperation and threats by Western leaders to boycott the G8 summit in Sochi. It is unlikely, however,…
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