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  • St. Petersburg Teacher Latest Victim In Antigay Campaign

    Russia News latest RSS headlines - Russia News.net
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:17 pm
    For three years, she had worked as a music teacher for children suffering from autism, learning difficulties, and cerebral palsy -- many of whom live in orphanages. Her employers were satisfied with ...
  • Russian immigrants on rouble's free fall: sadness and indifference

    Russia | The Guardian
    Olga Oksman
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Some fear speaking out and some voice sadness for people who are scraping byOthers say they are paying attention but feel ‘disconnected’ from RussiaRussian rouble collapse costs Arsenal’s Alisher Usmanov £517m in 48 hoursRouble surges as Moscow fights back against financial crisis - as it happenedIn Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, the fall of the rouble has not gone unnoticed. The Russian currency has conspicuously crashed, driven in part by falling oil prices that help drive the Russian economy and economic sanctions from the US and Europe. Continue reading...
  • Obama: Keystone Pipeline Will Not Affect US Gas Prices

    Sputnik International
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:23 pm
    US president Barack Obama stated that the Keystone Pipeline XL had never been the answer to lowering gas prices and if the project does move forward, the president wants to make sure it is not adding to the problem of climate change.
  • Антидопинговый семинар

    Легкая атлетика России
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:32 am
    В четверг 18 декабря в Санкт-Петербурге на базе колледжа олимпийского резерва прошел семинар на тему: «Виды нарушений антидопинговых правил и ответственность заних».
  • FIFA sets Russia World Cup dates from June 14-July 15 2018

    ESPN Feed: russia
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    MARRAKECH, Morocco -- FIFA says the 2018 World Cup final will be played on Sunday, July 15. Confirming the tournament dates on Friday, the FIFA execut...
 
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    Russia | The Guardian

  • Russian immigrants on rouble's free fall: sadness and indifference

    Olga Oksman
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Some fear speaking out and some voice sadness for people who are scraping byOthers say they are paying attention but feel ‘disconnected’ from RussiaRussian rouble collapse costs Arsenal’s Alisher Usmanov £517m in 48 hoursRouble surges as Moscow fights back against financial crisis - as it happenedIn Brighton Beach, Brooklyn, the fall of the rouble has not gone unnoticed. The Russian currency has conspicuously crashed, driven in part by falling oil prices that help drive the Russian economy and economic sanctions from the US and Europe. Continue reading...
  • FTSE 100 closes turbulent week higher

    Nick Fletcher
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:44 am
    Global markets finally began their much anticipated pre-Christmas rally, while oil steadied and the rouble staged a recoveryThe FTSE 100 recorded its biggest weekly rise for three years, adding £62bn to the value of Britain’s leading companies, as global markets finally began their much anticipated pre-Christmas rally.A volatile week began with a plunge in the Russian rouble sending shockwaves around the financial world and ended with investors reassured by the US Federal Reserve, which said it would be “patient” about raising interest rates. Positive comments about the outlook…
  • UK military chief concerned about role of armed forces

    Richard Norton-Taylor
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:14 am
    • Questions about future use of military force • Military should not simply be instrument of last resort • Echoes concerns at meeting of international defence and security expertsGeneral Sir Nick Houghton this week delivered the annual Christmas lecture of the British chief of defence staff, and, though his messages were sometimes expressed in pretty cryptic language, they were not difficult to decipher.Here are key passages: Continue reading...
  • Vladimir Putin invites Kim Jong-un to Moscow

    Reuters
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:11 am
    North Korea’s leader may travel to Russia to mark the USSR’s victory over Nazi Germany on 9 May as mark of closer relationsFollow live: FBI blames North Korea for Sony hack Everything’s fine, says Putin in press conference – including my love lifeOpinion: Wrecking Russia’s economy could be a disaster for the westThe Russian president, Vladimir Putin, has invited the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, to Moscow next year to mark the 70th anniversary of the Soviet defeat of Nazi Germany in the second world war, the Kremlin’s spokesman said on Friday.It would be Kim’s first foreign…
  • Jail Russian activist Alexei Navalny for 10 years - prosecutors

    Agencies in Moscow
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:12 am
    Lawyers ask judge in Moscow to convict and sentence leader of anti-government protests and his brother for alleged fraudRussian prosecutors have demanded that the opposition activist Alexei Navalny be imprisoned for a total of 10 years on allegations of fraud.In their closing arguments in a Moscow court on Friday, prosecutors asked a judge to convict Navalny, who led anti-government protests in 2012, and imprison him for nine years, with an additional year added because of a prior conviction. They asked that his brother Oleg be jailed for eight years. Continue reading...
 
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    Легкая атлетика России

  • Антидопинговый семинар

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:32 am
    В четверг 18 декабря в Санкт-Петербурге на базе колледжа олимпийского резерва прошел семинар на тему: «Виды нарушений антидопинговых правил и ответственность заних».
  • Кубок Европы перенесен в Испанию

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:38 am
    Кубок Европы по спортивной ходьбе вместо ранее запланированного Ивано-Франковска состоится в испанской Мурсии.
  • Новости антидопинга

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:06 am
    Американское антидопинговое агентство (USADA) объявило о восьмилетней дисквалификации Джона Драммонда - экс-тренера спринтера Тайсона Гая.
  • Билеты на "Русскую зиму"!

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:27 am
    Началась продажа билетов на международные соревнования по легкой атлетике «Русская зима», которые пройдут 1 февраля 2015 года в ЛФК ЦСКА.
  • Расписание Рио-2016

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:40 am
    Международная ассоциация легкоатлетических федераций (ИААФ) опубликовала полное расписание легкоатлетического олимпийского турнира 2016 года в Рио-де-Жанейро.
 
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    English Russia

  • Volcanic Canyon River

    tim
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:58 pm
          On Kamchatka peninsula there are plenty of active volcanos. And one one volcano’s slope – on Tolbachik volcano – there is a river Studenaia, which is known for its riverbed being a canyons inside the mountain. During … Read more...
  • Russian Shawls

    tim
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Russian shawls are sort of the headscarfs that not usually being worn on a head but rather wrapped around the body, both in color or one toned warm woolen one. If to quote wiki this is something like: “A shawl is … Read more...
  • An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

    tim
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:03 pm
    “Tens of kilometers thru the snow, on foot. Barely walkable path thru the forest. Holding our breath we understand with each step we are getting closer and closer to the object. The place we made all this way is just … Read more...
  • Army Scout Vehicle as a Taxi in St. Petersburg

    tim
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:31 pm
    St. Petersburg, Russia: Now you can get a taxi ride on a BRDM vehicle, that can go on the water as easy as it goes on the paved road. No joke – a company has fully certified some of the … Read more...
  • Soviet Children on Old Photos

    tim
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Sometimes we post the old photos of Soviet kids, but then we find some more and can’t resist to post some more. Like this new set of the kids from different years and places of the Soviet state, mostly taken … Read more...
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    Sean's Russia Blog

  • Krugman on the Russian Economy

    Sean
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Over at the NYT, Paul Krugman has written some interesting posts on Russia’s economic woes: Putin on the Fritz; The Ruble and the Textbooks; Notes on Russian Debt, and Putin’s Bubble Bursts. Essentially, Krugman notes that falling oil prices and the collapse of the ruble have combined to add stress on the “terms of trade stock.” He explains: What’s going on? Well, it turns out that Putin managed to get himself into a confrontation with the West over Ukraine just as the bottom dropped out of his country’s main export, so that a financing shock was added to the terms of trade shock.
  • Putin: Extremism is a Geopolitical Tool

    Sean
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:37 am
    There’s question how much the revolution in Ukraine would inspire Russians. A successful Ukraine would become a shining example to Russians that a life without Putin is not only possible, but desirable. Putin is certainly aware of this and his comments on extremism to his Security Council shows that the threat of “colored revolutions” occupies his mind. “In the modern world extremism is used as a geopolitical tool for redistribution of spheres of interest. We can see the tragic consequences of the wave of the so-called color revolutions, the shock experienced by people in the…
  • Don’t Arm Ukraine

    Sean
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:13 am
    US Vice President Joe Biden is due to land in Kiev and one topic that the Ukrainians will surely bring up is whether the US will provide weapons to fend off a Russian incursion. After all, Poroshenko asked for weapons when he spoke in front of the US Congress in September when he famously declared, “blankets [and] night-vision goggles are also important. But one cannot win a war with blankets.” He went home with more blankets. Surely he’ll again bring the issue of up with Biden, especially as Russia arms the separatists and rumors swirl of a rebel offensive. Already anticipating such a…
  • Gorbachev: Who Killed Laura Palmer?

    Sean
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:08 am
    Who killed Laura Palmer? Was it James Hurley? Bobby Briggs? Leland Palmer? Or was it the demonic entity, Bob? The question has occupied fans of the dark and quirky drama series since it went off the air in 1991. Perhaps we’ll finally learn who killed Laura Palmer when the series returns in 2016. One fan nagged by the identity of Laura Palmer’s killer was none other than Mikhail Gorbachev, the last president of the Soviet Union. Twin Peaks aired in Russia in 1993. According to a new oral history of the series, Brad Dukes’ Reflections: An Oral History of Twin Peaks, Gorbachev pressed…
  • Is a Rebel Offensive Imminent?

    Sean
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:22 am
    War looms once again over eastern Ukraine as speculation floods the internet of a possible offensive by Russian backed separatists. There have been reports of a stream of new amour and weapons crossing the Russia-Ukraine border. Russia continues to issue denials, as it has done since the beginning of the conflict. Is a separatist offensive imminent? It’s hard to say. Most experts seem to think so, as they mull over Putin’s possible game plan. Does he want a land bridge to Crimea? Is he keeping the Ukraine destabilized enough to scuttle reforms? Looking to consolidate control over rebel…
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    White Sun of the Desert

  • Never Truer Words Spoken

    Tim Newman
    2 Dec 2014 | 10:27 am
    In August I wrote a post, the central point of which was Russia ought to tread carefully in its dealings with the west because they might not be as forgiving the next time should Russia find itself once again in a very weak position: By historical standards Russia, as part of a collapsing empire which had been defeated after a long and often bloody struggle against an ideological, military, and political enemy that remained strong, got off awfully lightly. Russians might do well to appreciate this, and consider that should a similar situation arise again they might get treated somewhat…
  • RIP Phil Hughes

    Tim Newman
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:07 pm
    At the risk of this blog turning into a series of obituaries, I feel I should say something about the tragic death of Australian cricketer Phil Hughes, who has died two days after being struck on the head with a cricket ball during a Sheffield Shield match at the SCG. That this is a terrible tragedy doesn’t need repeating by me; at 25 years of age and with a talent that the Australian selectors didn’t fully appreciate, it is a dreadful shame. But there are two things that I would like to say.  Firstly, among the outpourings of sympathy on social media – which is in danger…
  • RIP Christophe de Margerie

    Tim Newman
    26 Oct 2014 | 12:41 am
    I spent the last week in a somewhat remote village in Kazakhstan, close to the Uzbek border, visiting a friend who was getting married.  The house in which I was staying did not have a fixed line telephone let alone internet, and with roaming charges coming in at a bargain 13 Euros per Mb I was effectively cut off from my normal information channels.  As such, I received the terrible news that Total’s CEO Christophe de Margerie had been killed in a plane crash in Moscow via text message. As I managed to scrape together more details I realised with some discomfort that the crash had…
  • Ah, so it was all bullshit?

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

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

  • The French Predict The Future in 1947… (Video)

    kKeeton
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:57 am
    If you see yourself in this video, which many of you should. Then you need to think about what is being shown. It may not be totally accurate (But hey, we act this way with our smartphones!), but it... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Russia and Only Russia Suffers? Net…

    kKeeton
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:59 am
    Main Stream Media News (MSM) in its “fair and balanced reporting (~sarc~);” Is reporting that in the previous weeks has concentrated just on the monetary death of Russia, as it reels from... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • End of Year; News conference of Vladimir Putin (December 18th, 2014)

    kKeeton
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:48 am
    The President’s news conference was broadcast live by Channel One, Rossiya-1 and Rossiya-24 TV channels, and by the Radio Rossii, Mayak and Vesti FM radio stations. 1259 Russian and foreign... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • For what lies ahead, uncharted territory…

    kKeeton
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Not one in thirty thousand, no, make that one in a hundred thousand, are even awake enough to see the rape, molestation, and pillaging happening all around them, on a scale never seen by people, at... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Let me tell you a story…

    kKeeton
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:51 am
    Let me tell you a little story: Once upon a time, there was a guy who lived through years of a terrible war and saw things that no one should ever see. Things that make regular nightmares seem like... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Foreign Policy Blogs » Russia | Foreign Policy Blogs

  • Why RT ❤’s Ferguson

    Hannah Gais
    2 Dec 2014 | 8:02 am
    velo_city via Flickr For Russian state media, chaos and tensions in the U.S. are a propaganda goldmine. As I pointed out in a recent coauthored piece at U.S. News and World Report on the role Russian English-language media outlets, such as RT and Sputnik, play in the U.S. media sphere, the purpose of far from simply asserting the Russian “position.” Indeed, “instead of simply making the Russian position known, the Kremlin’s soft-power approach has relied heavily on ‘dezinformatsiya,’ an old Soviet strategy that aims at disrupting the opinion-making process,” we noted. These…
  • 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…
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    From Russia with Love

  • A Thanksgiving with Frankfurters

    30 Nov 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Did I hear you say Happy Thanksgiving? Well, let me wish you the same. I had completely forgotten that today was Thanksgiving. I had just started into breakfast at a little hotel in Frankfurt, Germany. The statuesque blond I'd noticed earlier was talking to me. Minutes earlier, I had considered joining her but she was busy with paperwork. The easiest transfer ever: Exit the Frankfurt
  • "Falling Back" in Russia: A Government Decision I Heartily Endorse

    31 Oct 2014 | 4:27 am
    Thank you, dear Russia for joining most of Europe last weekend and falling back an hour. We're now on standard time permanently, never again to change our clocks. At least for now. Then again, in 2011 when Russia went onto summer time, as daylight savings time is called here, lawmakers announced it was the last time we would be changing clocks. That decision has been reversed, obviously, and
  • Communist All-stars Reign at Statue Park, Budapest

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
    October 23, 1989, Hungary became an independent republic after 33 years of Soviet rule. Ironically, Soviet troops saw themselves as liberators in 1945 when they marched in, freeing Hungary from Nazi domination. Therein lies one of the great ironies of history: A country being freed from one totalitarian regime by another such regime. When a regime falls, so do its monuments, notes Rick Steves,
  • And Zee Winners are. . .!

    3 Mar 2014 | 11:53 am
    Oh, before I name the winners, here's dear Janelle, an honest-to-goodness Olympic volunteer who's been here in Rostov over the weekend. Notice the official apparel!  All too soon, Janelle will be catching the train back to Sochi to help with the Paralympics. Besides volunteering at the games, Janelle volunteered to help me draw the winners of this contest. But you, dear friends, made that ever
  • You Can Win an Olympic Souvenir: 4 Gifts. . . and Going Fast!

    2 Mar 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Dear friends, here's your chance to be part of Olympic history! You can win one of four limited-edition official souvenirs from the Sochi 2014 Olympic games. Just scroll down to the bottom and leave a comment! But here's the kicker: Gotta act now. Contest closes in less than twelve hours: Sunday midnight, Pacific Time ~ which is Monday noon, Moscow Time. Here are the prizes. Oh and are they
 
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    The Last Ditch

  • It's been a while, Warsaw

    Tom
    6 Dec 2014 | 8:38 am
    Al. Jana Pawla II It's not that my enthusiasm for travel blogging is not as great as it was for the political kind, it's just that I don't travel as much as I think about politics! My latest trip was last weekend, to Poland. I dislike flying these days; mostly because I flew millions of miles during my professional life and prefer now to watch the world go by from ground level. Also I avoid it because the airport "security theatre" gets pointlessly worse each time. Still it's a short flight to Warsaw and was well worth it. I lived and worked in Poland from 1992 until I moved to Moscow in…
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    English Russia

  • Volcanic Canyon River

    tim
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:58 pm
          On Kamchatka peninsula there are plenty of active volcanos. And one one volcano’s slope – on Tolbachik volcano – there is a river Studenaia, which is known for its riverbed being a canyons inside the mountain. During … Read more...
  • Russian Shawls

    tim
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Russian shawls are sort of the headscarfs that not usually being worn on a head but rather wrapped around the body, both in color or one toned warm woolen one. If to quote wiki this is something like: “A shawl is … Read more...
  • An Abandoned Interplanetary Communication Link Centre

    tim
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:03 pm
    “Tens of kilometers thru the snow, on foot. Barely walkable path thru the forest. Holding our breath we understand with each step we are getting closer and closer to the object. The place we made all this way is just … Read more...
  • Army Scout Vehicle as a Taxi in St. Petersburg

    tim
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:31 pm
    St. Petersburg, Russia: Now you can get a taxi ride on a BRDM vehicle, that can go on the water as easy as it goes on the paved road. No joke – a company has fully certified some of the … Read more...
  • Soviet Children on Old Photos

    tim
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Sometimes we post the old photos of Soviet kids, but then we find some more and can’t resist to post some more. Like this new set of the kids from different years and places of the Soviet state, mostly taken … Read more...
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    RUSSIAN SPHINX

  • Free data journalism tools - time lines

    10 Dec 2014 | 3:24 am
    This post starts series of posts with free tools for data journalism. To make everything clear, I have nothing against paid apps but I just wanted to show that having strong willingness to work with data and no budget is enough to build a working place for a data journalist / yourself / data blogger / student / random person who likes data. In more romantic words, love for data is everything, you
  • Creating and saving path as KML file in Google Earth

    9 Dec 2014 | 5:10 am
    You can use KML files to store routes of your trips, bird migration, geographical discoveries or whatever you want. Later you can use KML files to present created geo data in Google Fusion Tables. // Please select Settings => Quality => 720p HD and Full Screen at the bottom of the youtube film for your own comfort and mental stability, there is nothing more annoying that blurry tutorial.//
  • How to create KML file to store your geo data

    3 Dec 2014 | 5:36 am
    You can use KML files to create maps in Google Fusion Tables.  Comments to the tutorial: I keep everything in folders, it's not a must but when you have a few polygons or lines or points it's easier to keep order. I segregate everything by type, so for example polygons and points are never in the same folder, I do this just in case if I wanted to export KML to shape file. This tutorial is
  • Shape file directory

    25 Nov 2014 | 10:36 am
    It's a list from my perspective, I work mainly with geo data for Europe and Asian post Soviet Union countries. I wanted to keep all my sources in one place so I started this list, which I am planning to update when I find something interesting. I focus on open source shape files. If you came across a website with shape files and you want to share it with me, it will be the happiest day of my
  • Велодорожки Москвы / Cycle lanes of Moscow

    18 Nov 2014 | 5:14 am
    Портал открытых данных правительства Москвы опубликовал географические координаты московских велодорожек. Общая длина велодорожек состоит 111 км. Самая длинная велодорожка находится в парке «Лосиный Остров». Я хотела сделать карту поинтереснее и добавить другие данные к велосипедным геоданным, но не нашла ничего…
 
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    Vladimir Kara-Murza's blog

  • Europe: Deny the Vote to Putin’s Outlaw Regime

    Vladimir Kara-Murza
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Earlier this month, the leaders of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE)—the oldest and largest pan-European organization that brings together national lawmakers from across the continent—visited Moscow for talks with State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin. The principal topic of discussion was the restoration of voting rights for Russian delegates, which were suspended in April following the annexation of Crimea. The talks brought good news for the Kremlin. According to Andreas Gross, a Swiss lawmaker and the Assembly’s rapporteur on Russia, most leaders of the…
  • Kremlin Returns to Soviet Practice of Stripping Citizenship

    Vladimir Kara-Murza
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:43 am
    MOSCOW — One of the ways of punishing political dissenters under the Soviet regime—alongside prisons, labor camps, and “special psychiatric hospitals”—was forced exile accompanied by a loss of citizenship, to ensure that “offenders” would never return to their country (in practice, “never” was curtailed by the collapse of communism in 1991). This was done, among others, to Nobel laureate Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, samizdat publisher Alexander Ginzburg, and Moscow Helsinki Group founder Yuri Orlov. The writer Vladimir Bukovsky—one of the most prominent figures in the Russian…
  • 50,000 March in Moscow Against Putin's War

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

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

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