Tag Archives: russia

Slipshod Soviets

Russian police seized a painting of Vladimir Putin and Dmitry Medvedev in women’s underwear from a gallery in St Petersburg, saying the satirical display had broken unspecified laws. The officers also removed a picture of the head of the Russian Orthodox church, his torso covered in tattoos, and two others poking fun at MPs who […]

Boston Manhunt Ends

Academia, self-promotion and Orlando Figes

Apologies that I haven’t been around lately. I have mostly recovered from my chest ailments (residual cough only), but my book manuscript is due to be sent to the publishers at the end of this week, so I have been frantically reading and re-reading the manuscript. Via Kerryn Goldsworthy, I became aware of this great […]

Pre-emptive Revenge

Russian media mogul Alexander Lebedev, who owns two UK newspapers, has punched a fellow guest off his seat during a televised economic debate in Moscow. Mr Lebedev, owner of the Independent and Evening Standard, hit former real estate businessmen Sergei Polonsky with two right hooks, sending him off the back of the platform. Mr Lebedev […]

And something lighter for the weekend…

Apologies for those who may have noticed the site vanishing act, this was courtesy of an Ozblogistan server somewhere in Texas. There’s a reason I find this disturbing… I’m just not sure what it is.

With friends like these…

Information about every Trident missile the US supplies to Britain will be given to Russia as part of an arms control deal signed by President Barack Obama next week. Defence analysts claim the agreement risks undermining Britain’s policy of refusing to confirm the exact size of its nuclear arsenal. The fact that the Americans used […]

To cheer up Legal Eagle

One of Russia’s most famous statues of Vladimir Lenin has been bombed, leaving the Bolshevik revolutionary with a gaping hole in his rear. The bronze statue, in the city of St Petersburg, was badly damaged before dawn on Wednesday, when the blast blew a hole in Lenin’s coat. No-one was hurt in the attack, the […]

Vladimir’s Wedding

An Abba tribute band says it has performed a private concert for Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Bjorn Again says it was paid £20,000 to play the gig 200 miles (320km) north of Moscow on 22 January. Bjorn Again’s manager Rod Stephen and other band members said Mr Putin danced to Abba hits and shouted […]

Vladimir’s Wedding

An Abba tribute band says it has performed a private concert for Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin. Bjorn Again says it was paid £20,000 to play the gig 200 miles (320km) north of Moscow on 22 January. Bjorn Again’s manager Rod Stephen and other band members said Mr Putin danced to Abba hits and shouted […]