Category Archives: Russia

Crimea’s Water

Assuming the BBC hasn’t made a hash of it by making its usual basic factual errors, this is a fairly interesting article: Russian officials say a water shortage in Crimea is threatening to become acute as Ukraine has reduced the … Continue reading

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Kerch Strait Bridge

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 … Continue reading

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On Russia’s Annexation of Crimea

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 … Continue reading

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Greenpeace Sues Russia

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 … Continue reading

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Wrong Approach

From Upstream Online: The European Union has drawn up a list of between 120 and 130 Russians who could be hit with travel bans and asset freezes under potential sanctions over Moscow’s actions in the Ukraine crisis, reports have said. … Continue reading

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Greenpeace Activists Released

I’m a bit late to this, having been preoccupied with other things, but the Greenpeace activists being held in Russia were freed between Christmas and New Year. This went down roughly as I’d expected – some rough treatment dealt out … Continue reading

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Told ya!

What was I saying a couple of months back about the Greenpeace activists being held in Russia? I doubt the Russians will inflict serious jail time on any of those being held.  My prediction is they will be subject to … Continue reading

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The Fallout of Latvia’s National Disaster

There are two updates to the story of the collapse of the supermarket roof in Riga which I thought were worth mentioning (h/t to TNA for the second one: he’ll make a damned fine research assistant one day). The first: … Continue reading

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More on the Greenpeace Saga

So far, things seem to be playing out more or less as I expected: Russia has dropped charges of piracy against 30 detained Greenpeace activists connected to a protest against Arctic drilling and replaced it with a lesser charge of … Continue reading

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More on the Greenpeace Piracy Saga

This is developing pretty much along the lines of how I predicted: The head of Greenpeace has issued an extraordinary plea to Russian President Vladimir Putin to sit down and talk about the plight of 30 activists charged with piracy … Continue reading

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