Category Archives: Russia

Power cuts in Crimea

I’m surprised this didn’t happen earlier: Three-quarters of Crimea’s population remain without power after four electricity pylons were blown up. Gas-powered generators have been providing power to major cities. A state of emergency has been declared. The pylons brought electricity … Continue reading

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Russia gets in The Game

There’s a scene in an episode of Season 1 of HBO’s The Wire where Wendell “Orlando” Blocker, a “clean” front man for the Barksdale gangsters’ club, is sitting in jail on drugs charges.  Orlando was on the books of the club precisely … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, Russia, Terrorism | 4 Comments

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 | 5 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

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

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Beware of a Man in Search of a Legacy

Historical legacies are interesting things, offering as they do a chicken and egg situation.  Was Napoleon motivated foremost to secure his name in history and his deeds merely the methods he used to do it?  Or did he simply fancy … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Oil & Gas, Politics, Russia | 11 Comments

Never Truer Words Spoken

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 … Continue reading

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RIP Christophe de Margerie

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 … Continue reading

Posted in France, Russia | 12 Comments

The Not-So-Strategic Base in Sevastopol

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 – … Continue reading

Posted in Politics, Russia | 10 Comments