Author Archives: Tim Newman

Visiting Russia just got Harder

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 … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Politics, Russia, Travel | 2 Comments

There Was Once a Road Through the Woods

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.  … Continue reading

Posted in General Observations, Islam, Politics, Terrorism, USSR, Vietnam War | 11 Comments

This will have Ronald quaking in his boots!

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 … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Russia | 8 Comments

The Failure of Russian Projects

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 … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Engineering, Russia | 11 Comments

Meetings in France

Over at Tim Worstall’s gaff, reader Andrew M alerts me to this piece in the New York Times on the subject of French, English, and American conversations.  This bit had me nodding along vigorously: But many modern-day conversations [in France] … Continue reading

Posted in Business, France | 12 Comments

Job vacancy opens on Sakhalin

Like NKVD chiefs under Stalin and Hamas leaders, it appears being governor of Sakhalin oblast’ is a risky business: Alexander Khoroshavin, the governor of the Sakhalin Region in Russia’s Far East, has been arrested along with three of his associates … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, Sakhalin | 14 Comments

Tickled Pink

When I read stories like this, I can’t help but get the impression that Australia is going to disappear up its own arse before too long: The pink jersey worn by Australian rugby league referees is being scrapped as there … Continue reading

Posted in Australia, Education, Sport | 13 Comments

Getting beds delivered in France

Well, our beds got delivered.  Yup, a couple of professional, uniformed, well-groomed young men turned up in a Compagnie du Lit transporter – the one we’d heard so much about last time – and installed our beds without a hitch. … Continue reading

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On the killing of Boris Nemtsov

I received the news that Boris Nemtsov had been murdered as I was leaving the cinema.  When I jumped to the news sites to confirm the story, my first thoughts were that this is another Kirov.  Sergey Kirov was a … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, Russia | 8 Comments

Orgies and Pimping in France

How very French: Ex-IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn, who denies charges of pimping, has told a court in northern France that he took part in only a few rare sex parties. He said prosecutors had greatly exaggerated the frequency of his … Continue reading

Posted in France, Politics | 3 Comments