Tag Archives: Muscovy

Abandoned Wooden Wonders

Via English Russia comes these photos of abandoned “wooden miracles,” houses built in pre-revolutionary Russia deep in frozen forests and were abandoned during the upheaval of the Soviet takeover. They have been so well preserved because they were built in … Continue reading

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Growing Insurgency in Russia

There has been yet another IED attack in Russia on the rail system. After Afghanistan and Iraq, Russia is one of the ‘hottest’ place for IED attacks and yet many go unreported in the mainstream news. Most target critical infrastructure … Continue reading

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Tour Stalin’s Secret Bunker

“… they also have large corporate parties down here.” Stalin-themed corporate parties? Pleasant. From Tsar Podcast.

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Russia Surpasses Saudi Arabia

Russia oil production overtakes Saudi Arabia Russia is extracting more oil than Saudi Arabia, making it the biggest producer of “black gold” in the world, figures show. The statistics, from the OPEC, reflect a trend that has seen the Russians … Continue reading

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Another Kremlin Critic Assasinated

It’s become a common occurrence, an event so regularly reported that it’s not longer shocking. Another critic of the Kremlin, specifically with regards to Russia’s conduct in Chechnya, has been murdered. Natalya Estemirova, a human rights lawyer and activist who … Continue reading

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Eye of a Potential Storm

[Fabled to be founded by Alexander the Great, the Tajik city of Khojand is a mishmash of Soviet and Islamic ideas. Dorzhiev reports from the front. (See his earlier post here) – YH] Could the clash of civilizations be resolved … Continue reading

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Russia Fractures, Part 2: The Political Geography of the Soviet Breakup

In Part 1, I looked at the rapid breakup and reassembly of the Russian Empire during the Russian Revolution. This post portrays with maps the breakup of the Soviet Union from 1989-1991. Again, the primary source of these maps is … Continue reading

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Russian Strategy to 2020

The Russian Security Council has recently released a new paper outlining its strategy out to 2020. Their website is here but only in Russian. So far, I’ve been unable to find an English version of it (Russian version here I … Continue reading

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Bear Diamonds?

Russia’s use of its natural resources and their delivery systems for both tactical and strategic leverage is well known by now. Thus, it is interesting to read this NYT article about Russia stockpiling diamonds and surely no coincidence that the … Continue reading

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Russia: Overblown, Overhyped

One of the threats that has been exaggerated by the echo-chamber media is Russia. Contrast this article with wild fears about Russia landing rusting Cold War museum pieces in Cuba and Venezuela. We’ve discussed this several times in posts here, … Continue reading

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