Category Russia

Bikes and scooters in São Paulo and Moscow

To add some color to my previous post, it looks like office dwellers on Avenue Faria Lima move around on kick scooters and bikes: To avoid the jams, office workers venture out on rented bikes and scooters. Making up around…

Remembering March 5, 1953

I should have posted this two days ago, on March 5. Better late than never: March 5 is the day Stalin died in 1953, the so-called Cheyne-Stokes Day. In 2016, I wrote two more posts about that day of deliverance:…

“Despite a requirement to comply”

The Guardian reports from Moscow: The European court of human rights has told Russia to free Alexei Navalny… In a ruling published on Wednesday, the Strasbourg-based court granted Navalny a temporary release from jail because it said the government “could…

When no one has your back

Nothing projects self-confidence more convincingly than anonymous Kremlin sources saying “we’re not afraid of the protests.” On this, Mark Galeotti sounds like the voice of common sense: The more the Kremlin projects confidence that it can ride out any protests,…

That mural sea

Reviewing Evgeny Boratynsky and the Russian Golden Age by Anatoly Liberman, Sibelan Forrester remarks: Russians who read Anglophone poetry in the Soviet period turned to the works available, which were largely translations or original editions of poetry from the era…

Navalny’s return III

There’s no shortage of sources to follow the Russian protests. I should probably recommend two Telegram channels in this post, RussiaNexta and SOTA. You don’t have to know Russian – just look though the images and the videos. The story…

Hostage-taking worked better than poison gas

John Gray, the English political philosopher, on the Soviet secret police (in a piece about Yevgeny Zamyatin and We): Threatened by a major peasant rebellion in the province of Tambov in August 1920, where Alexander Antonov of the Socialist Revolutionary…

No Dryden, no Pope and no Gray’s “Elegy”

For English-language coverage of the protests in Russia, I’d probably recommend Kevin Rothrock‘s Twitter feed as a starting point. What’s different about this year’s Navalny-triggered protests are the high participation rate (relative to the population) outside of Moscow and St.…

Murder as addiction II

Bellingcat has published the results of yet another investigation into the Kremlin’s poison brigade. Three more deaths – previously regarded as suspicious – can now be assigned to the actions of that hit squad with a likelihood high enough for…

Antony Blinken and the pipeline question

If Antony Blinken’s academic interests from the 1980s are any indication of his course as the US secretary of state, I’d expect him to favor building and strengthening international alliances to counter America’s adversaries. As Chris Miller wrote in Foreign…

No such thing as boundless meekness

Kevin Rothrock tweeted this yesterday: 39 cops have reportedly been injured at rallies across Russia today. Expect that to be the headline news from the state media. Russian libertarians are about to get a taste of the “BLM is all…