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Monthly Archives: December 2011
Moving along the map in this worn down hotel train, I wonder what went wrong on this journey to the east; sitting here in silence staring at the open plain, I once delivered milk to a shepherd in my dreams, … Continue reading
The Boston Globe’s Big Picture series has a collection of photos from last week’s election. http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2011/12/russia_election.html This one is my favorite (no caption) And here a lengthy and timely profile of Vladimir Putin by the New Yorker’s David Remnick (I … Continue reading
This first link, from Julia Ioffe, is a great demonstration of how the post-parliamentary election aftermath has all the hallmarks of Russian history: a tense relationship between the government and liberal elites, the imagined foreign influence behind domestic unrest, police … Continue reading
Despite my affection for Moscow, a city that is undergoing significant turmoil right now, I think I will skip this upcoming flick: Thanks to TV for the recommendation.
This is a plug for the blog the Daily Autocrat, written by the humorist JK. The blog can be found here and features a lot of content relevant to the post-Soviet world: http://dailyautocrat.wordpress.com/ The former communist countries of Eurasia are … Continue reading
Election Results: http://www.gazeta.ru/maps/elections2011/russia.shtml Allegations of electoral fraud (turnout in some precincts reached 140%): http://www.rferl.org/content/international_observers_say_vote_violations_marred_russian_vote/24411949.html Start of protests yesterday, at Chistye Prudy: http://www.gazeta.ru/politics/elections2011/2011/12/05_a_3859458.shtml and at Triumfalnaya Ploshchad: http://www.gazeta.ru/politics/elections2011/2011/12/06_a_3861454.shtml Interior Ministry deploys forces to Moscow streets: http://www.vedomosti.ru/politics/news/1444783/zhiteli_moskvy_soobschayut_o_vydvizhenii_vojsk_k_centru Footage of unrest (may be … Continue reading