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August 17 2011

August 15 2011

Russia: “On the Eve of Collapse”

To mark the upcoming 20th anniversary of the August 1991 collapse of the Soviet Union, publishes two excerpts from Susan Richards' 1990 book, “Epics of Everyday Life: Encounters in a Changing Russia.”

U.S.: The Soviet Arts Experience in Chicago

Poemless posts an overview of some of the current exhibitions taking place in Chicago as part of The Soviet Arts Experience, “a 16-month-long showcase of works by artists who created under (and in response to) the Politburo of the Soviet Union.”

June 29 2011

RTFM: Hallo LulzSec, mal Bakunin lesen

Michail Alexandrowitsch Bakunin (1814–1876) war ein russischer Revolutionär und Anarchist. Er gilt als einer der einflussreichsten Denker der anarchistischen Bewegung und als deren erster Organisator.


(Gefunden bei i12bent)

Reposted fromglaserei glaserei

April 19 2011


April 12 2011

King Charles XII of Sweden fled to the Ottoman Empire following his defeat against the Russians at the Battle of Poltava in 1709. A guest at the Topkapı Palace for nearly five years, he persuaded the Ottoman Sultan Ahmed III to declare war on Russia, which resulted in the Russo-Turkish War of 1710–1711 that ended with an Ottoman victory.
Ottoman Empire - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Reposted fromSigalon02 Sigalon02

April 11 2011

Poland: Remembering April 10, 2010

Written by Veronica Khokhlova

Politics, Economy, Society shares memories of April 10, 2010, the day the Polish President and nearly a hundred other people were killed in a plane crash near Smolensk, Russia.

April 10 2011

Poland, Russia: Smolensk Plane Crash, One Year On

Written by Veronica Khokhlova

On, Adam Szostkiewicz shares thoughts on the Polish-Russian relations one year after the plane crash near Smolensk that killed Poland’s president and nearly a hundred other dignitaries.

March 15 2011

Certainly they realized, that too many recent visits on their site (after the map was embedded by Global Voices) and especially of the contanimation map, would rise questions about the further statistics up to 2011 - there should be provided an adequate interactive map, to show the development of the contanimation chiffres all over the affected regions in Europe from 1986 up to 2011.

March 08 2011

Les « désordres arabes » : alerte en Russie

Un « scénario égyptien » pour la Russie et dans l'espace ex-soviétique ? Le président de la Fédération de Russie, M. Dmitri Medvedev, a lui-même évoqué les conséquences que pourraient avoir, dans son pays, les bouleversements du monde arabe. Parlant le 22 février à Vladikavkaz, capitale de l'Ossétie du (...) / Russie, Monde arabe, Économie, Géopolitique, Mouvement de contestation, Matières premières, Répression - La valise diplomatique

March 07 2011

March 05 2011

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The end of the Cold War, the reunification of Germany, liberalism and Perestroyka. The USSR's first and last president, Mikhail Gorbachev celebrates his 80th birthday today, and his legacy includes being hailed as the father of Russia's democracy. Mikhail Gorbachev was born in a small village in the south of the country, and became leader of the USSR in 1985. With his economic and political reforms, he paved the way for democracy in Russia. His best known reform is dubbed "Perestroyka", which aimed to revamp the country without destroying the basis of socialism. His initiatives also led to the abolishment of state censorship and the creation of free speech in the country. Gorbachev received the Nobel peace prize in 1990. A year later, however, he was removed from power in a coup which saw the collapse of the Soviet Union and Boris Yeltsin become president. But Mikhail Gorbachev still says his reforms were timely and necessary. "We realized from experience that it was dangerous to wait much longer, that we had to take a risk," he told RT in an interview. "But we couldn't postpone it, we needed changes." Gorbachev does not agree when people say that Perestroyka failed: "It didn't fail. It was disrupted, derailed, stopped. But still, Perestroyka achieved a lot. Inside Russia, we had democracy, free elections, freedom of consciousness, private property, freedom to travel abroad --everything. Also, glasnost. There was so much openness -- the entire country was affected. People realized they had finally got some freedom, an opportunity to act." The first USSR president points out that the end of the Cold War was among key goals of his administration: "In foreign affairs, we put an end to the Cold War. We normalized our relationship with the US, we reunited Germany -- we didn't send our tanks or troops there. All our units in Eastern Europe stayed where they were. It wasn't always easy." However, many things did not work as planned, Gorbachev confessed. "At the beginning, when we made our first mistakes, we didn't really explain to people what was going on and didn't get them involved in all those processes -- we were self-confident," he said. "But in public politics, I don't think we ever lost a major battle," Mikhail Gorbachev concluded.

January 20 2011

Russia: Bloggers Discuss Possible Website of Collaborators of Authorities

Written by Vadim Isakov

Blogger welgar contemplates about how useful it could be  to create a website that would list all collaborators of Russian authorities who try to compromise the action of the opposition.

Russia: Analyzing Websites of Regional Administrations

Written by Vadim Isakov

A group of volunteers analyzes [RUS] websites of regional administrative offices for openness and availability of information according to 16 criteria developed by the volunteers themselves.

Praktische Suchmaschine für CC-Bilder

Written by Sylwia Presley

The Interstate Aviation Committee's report on the crash of TU-154M near Smolensk on April 10, 2010, has provoked many insightful posts from bloggers, but we have also found that microblogging platforms - Twitter and - have become good spaces for Poles to express their opinions, and that quite a few visuals criticising the report have appeared online.

On Twitter, users generally criticise the report and the Polish government's reactions.

@janpoplawski states [PL]:

Why is the government preparing an answer to the Russian government if the report was written by IAC - an international organisation

@tuskwatch refers [PL] to the fact that the Prime Minister was absent on the day of the report's publication:

It seems that Prime Minister Tusk considered his reaction to the report a success and went back to skiing. Shall we wish him happy holidays?

@gregorius74 speaks as if stating the obvious [PL]:

A discovery! This government does not seem to think. Klich: IAC report was supposed to discredit us

@radiomaryja, the Twitter account of a Catholic radio station, has this [PL]:

IAC report disappointed us

@brulion invites Twitter users to join a new Facebook page [PL]: group “I think the IAC report is outrageous”

Polish microblogging engine,, contains reactions of similar sentiment.

@jezykwkosmosie writes [PL]:

IAC was as delicate to Tupolew's crew in its report as possible. When we have the Polish report heads will roll, that's all.

@aimrumru also disagrees with the claim that the report is objective [PL]:

mistake after mistake of the Polish crew, plus mistake after mistake of the Russian controllers. so the IAC report is partial.

@wikploc is interested in the reactions of the public [PL]:

Here we go. The experts of airplane crashes from Nowogrodzka street prove how IAC twisted the report. I wonder if the “dark folk” will buy it.

@bukowskip states with cynicism [PL]:

IAC report did not surprise me at all. Even if they'd shot down the plane, it would turn out that the pilot collided with a rocket.

@jakubkowalski adds [PL]:

I hope that the Polish authorities will maintain the current approach, that the IAC report in unacceptable. […]

@bukol87 mentions this [PL]:

IAC report cannot be a common agreement. It has no responsibility to accept corrections. Game Over

Andrzej Krauze posts the following cartoon [PL]:

"Please inform comrade Stalin in kettle 17 that the IAC report was published in accordance with his instructions"

Krzętowski drew this one for [PL]:

"First of all, get it translated from Soviet into Polish"

The newly established Facebook page - “I think the IAC report is outrageous” - contains a few of these visuals, too.

Achmaja posts [PL] a pretty strong criticism of the Russian side:

"from russia with love, iac report"

TVN48 posts an old visual in a new context [PL]:

"Putin: Lick my shoes. /Tusk: "Let's talk compromise"

Tusk knew from the very beginning how one should relate to Russia. Not fighting with a sword, but with “the language of compromise.” That's what I call good foreign policy. And the results we've seen recently, for instance.
[graphics by Lach from 2 years ago]

January 13 2011


Smolensk: Russland: Polen am Flugzeugabsturz schuld - Ausland - Politik | FAZ.NET - 20110112

Am tödlichen Flugzeugabsturz des polnischen Präsidenten Lech Kaczynski tragen nach russischen Erkenntnissen die polnischen Vertreter an Bord Schuld. Fehler der Piloten und psychischer Druck durch ranghohe Personen im Cockpit seien die Ursachen für das Unglück, heißt es.

[Einträge auf oanth zum Flugabsturz bei Smolensk vom April 2010]

December 16 2010

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