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Although I would not go as far as Pyotr Pavlensky who has done just that in Red Square as a protest against Russian society’s acquiescence to a police state, I can see how anyone with a glimmering of social democratic tendencies would be alarmed at the consequences of “one man being strong enough to defy [...]
Posted: November 12th, 2013 under Russia.
Whatever was meant by the impeccably well-dressed Vivienne Westwood’s rambling stream of consciousness on Channel4 News in defence of the Greenpeace protestors current arrested three weeks ago after attempting to board Gazprom’s Prirazlomnaya oil platform in the Pechora Sea, I found myself trying not give any credence to a Russian Government spokesman’s argument.
That the potential [...]
Last month I mentioned how two prominent figures on the American Right– Rush Limbaugh and Ralph Peters– had kind words for Russia’s authoritarian and Assad-apologist President Vladimir Putin, whom they credit with opposing the “gay agenda” and standing up for “Christian values.”
Putin’s latest rightwing fanboy is anti-gay extremist Bryan Fischer of the American Family Association. [...]
While Vladimir V. Putin tries to come across to the outside world as reasonable, moderate and even concerned about Israel, the TV station funded by his government plumbs new depths of craziness.
I forced myself to watch this disjointed parade of half-truths, lies, conspiracy theories and (above all) Israel-bashing on Russia Today, hosted by one Daniel [...]
I share Senator Bob Menendez’s reaction to Vladimir V. Putin’s hideously hypocritical op-ed piece in the New York Times.
Nonetheless it seems to have impressed an awful lot of generally sensible people. (Were you impressed? If so, please explain why.)
Putin (or someone) wrote:
No one doubts that poison gas was used in Syria. But there is every [...]
A grimly amusing response from Russian chess champion Garry Kasparov to Vladimir V. Putin’s now-famous op-ed piece in The New York Times.
I hope Putin has taken adequate protections. Now that he is a Russian journalist his life may be in grave danger!
— Garry Kasparov (@Kasparov63) September 12, 2013
Hatred of Barack Obama has driven some leading figures of the American Right into truly weird territory, even for them.
Talk radio blowhard Rush Limbaugh– still influential among conservatives– said he didn’t know whom to believe on the use of chemical weapons in Syria: Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry or Vladimir Putin. In the [...]
This is a guest post by Paul Canning
Is Russia’s ‘remove kids from gay parents’ bill the straw that will break Russian anti-gay forces? When will Western media finally report that the Russian version of America’s Christianist anti-gays have Russian opposition?
Last week the news came out that a long hinted at new anti-gay bill had been introduced [...]
This is a cross-post from Howie’s Corner
Perhaps I was being a bit naive when I thought that the political content of the totally misnamed Socialist Unity website could not get any worse when I saw the latest missive from John Wight published yesterday under the title Stephen Fry’s call for the Winter Olympics to be moved [...]
The launch of an online magazine dedicated to translating Russian-language news articles, editorials and blogs seems at once long overdue and well-timed. Since Vladimir Putin returned to the presidency in 2012, Russia has undergone such a frenzy of noteworthy developments that the Western press has often struggled to keep up with them, much less make [...]
Posted: May 2nd, 2013 under Russia.